It’s been drilled into our heads since transplant day – the number one thing you can do to prevent germs from spreading is hand washing. Hand wash often and hand wash regularly. I can’t tell you how much more soap we go through in the McYong household now than BT (before transplant). However, the stats on hand washing are pretty icky, and last week at work, we learned just how bad it can get. Some kind of norovirus bug swept through the newsroom – accompanied by the usual “explosive incidents”, as I am politely calling the vomiting and diarrhea – and knocked more than two dozen people off sick. Aaron got it, then of course Addison got sick. When it’s 1am and you are on your hands and knees scrubbing the bathroom floor after your toddler’s “explosive incident”, it’s good times. Love the smell of bleach!
It’s been six days now and the Princess is still lethargic, not eating much and just not her usual self. We had to avoid spending too much time with her cousin Luca in his last few days before heading home to Hong Kong so we didn’t get him sick. Plus Aaron’s parents – Grandma and Grandpa – were in town so we had to be extra careful not to get them sick too. We haven’t had to go in to the hospital, which is good, but we have been consulting with her doctors via phone and email. Most people get over the norovirus in 24-48 hours, but when you have an immune-compromised child those “normal” recovery times go out the window. Come on people…WASH YOUR HANDS!!!
Elaine, Aaron and Addison