I'm feeling like I am the mother to a bunch of Typhoid Marys. I'm used to it, and I have a few observations that I live by:
1. If one kid gets it, let'em all get it at the same time. Better one sick weekend with all of them than to space it out over a few weeks.
2. If one kid gets it, it's too late to do anything about it now. No need for isolation or boiling linens, just let the kid keep breathing the disease on you; they've already been doing it all week. You'll know when to signal the 'all clear, I didn't get it' flag.
3. Start medicating the man of the house regardless of his state of health. That way when he starts to feel sick, he won't know it, and you won't have to listen to ahem, another baby in the house. If that doesn't work, try knocking him out for a day or so via Nyquil (peace in a bottle).
4. Repeat after me: the DVD/VCR is your friend. Use it, and if you really want a minute or two, teach them how to use it by themselves. Don't forget their game systems either!! They can stand in when one complains "But I don't want to watch that movie!"
When I took Ryan to the dr, I suspected scarlettina, that rash you get from strep. But he hasn't had a fever, sore throat, cold, nothing recently that would have led me to think I was totally right. His dr said it was 'classic scarlettina' and said he's seen it before w/o anything else going on at the time. Who knew? He gave me antibiotics anyway, and told me to keep him home today (oh, my boy was soo upset, haha, that he had to stay home...); and that the rash might take a while to clear ~I may have to look at that rash for up to a month, eww~, but it was nothing to quarantine us for. Aside from itchiness, Ryan is doing fine.
He's playing his game right now. ;)