I'm normally a mom who doesn't worry much about germs. I figure when my kids get sick, they're building up immunity for later.
But this whole H1N1 thing seems different. So many people around us have it, or had it--kids across the street, kids at church, friends on Facebook. Thankfully it can't be passed on Facebook, but it seems to be spreading very quickly around the neighborhood and around schools...and probably around churches.
My kids don't go to school yet, and we haven't been to church in a month because of all our travel. But here we are, back in town, and I find myself wondering, Hmm, do you think I could get surgical masks to match the kids' Sunday clothes? Would it look weird if Zoodle carried a bottle of Purell in his pocket? If I just keep the kids inside the house for the next three months, will they suffer permanent psychological damage?
For reasons that may or may not be logical, I am definitely more wary of this particular illness than of run-of-the-mill seasonal viruses. So many children have H1N1; it seems to be spreading like wildfire. I do wonder how much of that is just due to the hype; could it be that lots of kids around me get "normal" influenza every year, and I just don't hear about it?
I'm going to try to find a happy medium--somewhere between, "Do these surgical masks come in toddler sizes?" and "You're cold, Chickie? Aww, just cuddle up against that kid who has a 103 degree fever; he'll warm you up." And if, despite reasonable precautions, one or all of us get sick, we'll deal with it.
What about you--have you found yourself caught up in the H1N1 hype?