Ever heard the saying "Man plans and God laughs"?
I returned from my trip sleepy but refreshed, happy and inspired. My head was filled with stories longing to be recorded, tales needing to be shared and oh so many projects to be pursued.
But in reality, that hasn't happened (or at least not yet).
Since last Wednesday night, we've been fighting various germ incursions here on the Home Front, including our first ever dance with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. Yippee!
The best I can tell you is it's not that bad in the grand scheme. Yes, it is highly contagious and a bit gross, but it usually only lasts a week and doesn't typically develop into anything else (like strep can). The hardest part is watching your wee ones suffer with terrible itchiness (or worse, nasty sore throat from sores in the mouth) and not having any treatment to offer (it's a virus, so it will go away on its own; no antibiotic will help, though you can manage fever and sore throat as you usually would).
A proven home remedy for itchiness: oatmeal bath
Add 1 or 2 cups of finely ground oatmeal to a warm bath and soak in that for at least 30 minutes. I had oat flour in the house, but you can achieve this by pureeing uncooked oatmeal in a good blender. At first, this seems really strange, but I can attest a kid got into the oatmeal bath in pain, moaning and crying, totally uncooperative and generally annoyed at murky bathwater, and got out happy as a clam and not itching in the slightest. What more recommendation do you need?