Okay, I know. It could be so much worse. But there is one virus I’ve never ever wanted us to “catch.” Starting on Friday, I had 4 out of the 5 of my children at the doctor’s because they are sick, all with different things. Sadie (17 months) was diagnosed with strep, which Zoe (9) had a few weeks earlier and is still battling a sinus infection, which Kennadi (2) now has and was put on an antibiotic for, and finally McKenzie (5) has been battling an upper respiratory infection — and well, asthma makes it even worse for them all. Needless to say, it’s been a rough few days. However, just when everyone was getting better and the antibiotics kicked in, things for my sweet Kennadi went south.
Around 3 p.m. on Monday she kept pointing to her mouth and telling me her teeth were hurting. Now mind you, this kid has been drooling for weeks as she cut her two bottom K-9′s so she has since been on an antibiotic — she was visibly in pain and with the drooling, I shrugged it off as teething after putting in a call to the doctor. Big mistake. Around 11 p.m. doctor’s offices are, of course, closed and it’s the typical time where all hell breaks loose in our house. Nighttime. Kennadi was in uncontrollable pain with a fever of 103. Nothing I did made her feel better. She couldn’t swallow or eat, not even take a sip of water. Not to mention, we couldn’t even get her to take Tylenol. I knew this was way more than teething. As soon as she fell asleep she was crying through her sleep in pain. It was one of the saddest things as a mother I have witnessed my child going through. So I called the doctor first thing that following morning. Diagnosis: Hand-foot-and-mouth Disease.
I wanted to cry. Our doctor warned us that the pain would only get worse before it got better and that it was indeed excruciating. My poor gal was already in such horrible pain so I was already stressed over it. Right away I was like OMG. How did she even get that? She doesn’t go to daycare. This is a common viral illness that most get when they are in daycare and there is some sort of outbreak. However, like many illness, it’s caused from person-to-person contact, i.e. you cough on me or sneeze with your germs. Another HUGE way to pick up this type of virus: shopping carts. Yes, shopping carts.
With this said, I will be buying a shopping cart cover. I am not going to lie. I always looked at those things and thought oh, it’s just another thing to carry in my already-filled-to-the-brim bag, but now I promise to never roll my eyes again when I see them in public because I am becoming a total germaphobe. I’ve always not be a fan of germs. Lysol, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizers — they’ve all become my BFFs. But now, after seeing my poor little suffer so much from one virus, I will do anything I can to protect her and purchasing a shopping cart cover is definitely on my “must-do now” list. Of course, I’ve already shopped around.
After the jump, browse 10 super-cute and fun shopping cart covers you must-have to keep your little, germ-free and well, a stylish shopper.
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