Thanks to everyone for your messages of sickness sympathy! Well, the last few days have not been fun. Sunday I sorted everyone with drinks and tissues and made packs of sandwiches for the fridge and went off to work with heavy heart. Pearlie had been up twice in the night with fever and was in no way her usual springy self. Leo appeared to be just rather snotty – but hot off and on. Dani continued to be feverish and couldn't breathe much. I got home to find them all lying around and miserable. Leo had found his own sandwiches and biscuits and fruit and managed to tuck away a big tea, so he was clearly better than the others. Dani and Pearl had been dozing and snorting.
Monday was more of the same but luckily I didn't have to go to work. Leo perked up considerably and spent most of the day drawing and constructing various traps for monsters who might pass through our hallway. Pearlie swung between crying, shaking fever and calpol induced highs that even saw her up the doorframe as usual at one point! But she was struggling to eat much (said everything tasted yucky) and she has been forced to actually blow her nose – something she hates. Dani seemed to be finally starting to improve.
Today I woke up with a sore throat. But I'm determined not to get ill and took Leo over to the grandmothers' house, where he enjoyed a break from all the snorting and moaning! He came home very happy and smelling like a little bulb of garlic – something to do with garlic cream cheese on his pasta lunch. Dani and Pearlie managed to stay awake all day and, though no food I gave Pearl was eaten much, she made herself some crumpets at some point. We both worry if Pearlie goes off her food as she doesn't have an ounce of fat to spare!
So, we'll see what tomorrow brings. Dani has cancelled all her commitments for the rest of the week so she has a real chance to recover. When she is well I want her to go to the doc to get checked over. She has fainted twice in the last couple of months – proper falling on the floor fainting too – so I think she should just make sure. We have a little catch-phrase that we used during our pregnancies – 'perfectly normal and nothing to worry about' – and I'd just like to hear it again!
Just so this isn't all gloom, here are a couple of recent creations by Leo.
This is a picture of a new super-hero called Bum Man!
This is a poster about alien power sources. Read it carefully and you can probably work it all out.