It’s always a guess who’s going to get sick first and how soon it will happen and how quickly it will spread. Alex was our first one down and it was a lingerer. He was sent home last Tuesday because he’d thrown up in school. Our Autism Waiver case manager was coming that day and she was just as skeptical as my husband and I about the legitimacy of this illness until I showed up with Alex. He was obviously lethargic and had been since before he threw up.
He only threw up that once, but for the next few days he was slow to eat, even slower to drink, and very warm, though not dangerously so. He was fighting it off, but it took all week for him to really get his energy back.
Alex is going back to school today. I slept more to keep from being knocked down with it. It took away from my productivity during a busier-than-usual week, but it had to be done. Mark got away with a “tickle” in his throat for a day. Ben was down for a while, missed a day of school, but rebounded before the day was half over. Willy was “doing great” all the while.
It’s always a little heartbreaking to see how fragile Alex’s immune system can be. It’s awful that the most difficult one of us to help is the one who bears the brunt of whatever’s going around.