When you have a child with virtually no white blood cells and no immune system, a simple cold is anything but. Fortunately, Addison had her heart transplant in the spring, heading into summer. That means a lot fewer people around sneezing, coughing, wheezing and snotting. But there are still lots of germs out there.
My parents, who have been over nearly every single day since she got sick, have come down with summer colds. So last week, for 5 whole days, my mom did not come visit. My dad came over a few times to drop off food, then he’d sing a few songs to Addison (without touching her), and leave.
I have had a few sniffles, though I am hoping it is just allergies. Aaron woke up this morning and said his throat is a bit sore, wondering if he should limit his time touching his baby girl. My best friend called to say her two boys have runny noses. She wasn’t sure if it would be ok if she came over. We decided it would be fine as long as she doesn’t breathe on Addison or touch her! And we will constantly douse our hands in hand sanitizer. Do they make a whole body spray sanitizer?
For the next few months, Addison will have to avoid crowded places. And we’ll have to be extra careful around people. I fully admit I cringe inside when someone leans over her stroller to see her. Would it be wrong of me to whip out my hand sanitizer and ask them to disinfect? I am even getting little signs that say “Please Wash Your Hands” to place in strategic spots around the house. I should put one on her stroller too!
So if you are walking down the street and see us with the stroller, we’d love to stop and chat. Just wash your hands please!
Elaine, Aaron and Addison