Ticks, mice, rats, and bats are examples of the terrible things that we try to keep our children away from, so that the diseases they spread will not infect them. How about the fact that most air-borne and blood borne infectious pathogens, are spread by relatives and friends? The dangers surround our kids and us with loving kisses, hugs, and handshakes. This is terrible but good at the same time. The support they offer outweighs the sicknesses they pass on.
Newborns are kept on breastfeeding as long as comfortable for mom and baby to take advantage of antibodies. Then there is a birthday party in the family and the next week everyone is sick with the latest new malady going around. Every kid gets the same illness and parents, who are in a weakened immune system condition, because they are parents, also get to join the sneezing brigade. Oh, the joy of family, friends, and good times for all. The good part is that those that care about you and yours the most, are also there to share and support us in our time of need with advice and information gathered through the friends and family network. Doctor’s advice paid for by one family member is passed on, symptom relief that works gets forwarded, and grandma’s home cure is shared. All the younger members of the network get exposed to these inevitable childhood maladies at the same time and build their own antibodies prior to going to the infamous snake pit of disease, school. None of this unsought misery is done on purpose. It is just part of the fact that we humans are social animals and through evolution the system developed this way so that the strongest tribes, clans, and families survived while the weakest perished. So be sad that you and yours are sick, but be happy that they will end up stronger after they recover. Like the saying goes, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.
Remember, when the gang is all here at the Okay Corral not everything may end up being okay!!!