My husband and I are pretty healthy. We eat lots of fruits and veggies, exercise, sleep well, and take all our vitamins. The doctor's are pretty happy with our overall health. You'd think we would have really strong resistances to germs. Yet in the past few years, we've been sick more than ever. Why? We have preschool-age twins.
When our twin girls started preschool, several people said that the girls would catch everything until their resistance was built up a bit. They didn't tell me that we'd also be sick. It's not like we're in bed with an ice bag on our heads, but I feel like one of us always has something -- and it usually comes from the blond twin.
I don't know why, but the blond twin tends to start the illness cycle in our house. We have a few theories on this, even though we haven't been able to act on them yet. I do know that she's the root of our latest plague. It's a nasty cough that hangs on and on and on. She had it and sweetly shared it with me and her twin. I spread it to my husband. Now the girls are better, and the adults are hacking away.
One of my students laughed at me last night when I started coughing. He said, "Oh yeah, you have small children." I asked if it was better when the children were a little bit older. His reply, "The kids still catch everything, but at least they stop coughing in your face."
Oh well, at least there's that to look forward to.