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Watching illness steadily encroach

Sometimes you get sick and you're all, "Whoa! Where'd that come from?" That's how I felt two weeks ago when I came down with some weird stomach virus. Fortunately, the whole thing was over within 48 hours.

Other times you start to sniffle, ache and sneeze and you're all, "Yep. I pretty much knew that was coming." In fact, on some of these occasions you can remember the exact moment in space-time when the disease was transmitted to you. Those times most frequently involve kids.

I love my children with a white-hot intensity equal to that of the Sun's core. However, dammit if they aren't the most effective disease vectors known to man. Ticks? Psht. Mosquitoes. Please.

Take tonight, for instance. I can feel the early stages of the flu coming on. My eyes burn, I'm coughing and I'm getting more and more weary every passing hour. I know how this happened. I was sitting in the living room Friday when Owen, who had been sneezing all day, started to tell me something while sitting next to me on the couch. He said, "Daddy?" and I turned to look at his cute little face. And before he could get the next words out, he sneezed. In my face. Just full-on: yep, that's where those fluids go. In your facial region, Dad.

First it was Marcus, then Owen, then Erin (poor thing is still down for the count). Now it's my turn.
So I imagine I'll be down for a while (I sure hope I'm wrong!). Fortunately for you, dear reader, I have a full slate of blog posts queued up and ready to auto-publish throughout the week.

Ugh.

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