Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bacon Fever

A sniffles and sneezes update from the EcoWonder...

I hear sniffling and scuffling coming from down the hall. Someone is sick, I can just feel it. Footsteps, I can hear them, they're coming my way and when a head pops around the corner, yes, I see it. I was right. The face peeking around the corner has the tell-tale droopy eyes, the red nose and the pale face.

It's a little worse than I thought. He's got fever, chills, dizziness, congestion, a sore throat and lots of complaining. There has been a confirmed case of Swine Flu - excuse me, H1N1 flu - in our school district, so we are all on alert. The fact that this sick boy is the one who never complains, has rarely had anything more serious than a sinus infection and is now unable to move makes us just a little nervous.

While I'm pretty sure it's NOT the "bacon fever" as my kids call it, we're still taking precautions. Bacon Boy (yes, brothers are cruel) is now in isolation, Mom goes in with soup, medication and tissues and comes out heading straight for the bathroom to wash her hands. And, down the sink go the germs... along with green priorities.

A family of six can go down hard when the flu strikes, so we strike back. Soft, lotion-y tissues replace the fiber-y recycled kind and when used, go straight into a plastic bag and are thrown in the trash. Toothbushes are boiled in hot water, the bathroom is scrubbed and sanitized with cleansers that promise to kill 99.9% of germs. I buy fizzy Sprite - Bacon Boy's favorite - and pour liberally. Hands are washed often and we even splurge for hand sanitizer, but the "green smelly kind" as the boys say. A TV is lugged up the stairs, a DVD player installed so B.B. can watch endless hours of The Simpsons from the comfort of his own bed. Cans pile up in the recycling bin, Campbell's Chicken Noodle mostly. Mom's homemade just isn't the same when you're sick and have a craving and Mom is a sucker for a sick, pitiful face.

And then, a couple of days later, Bacon Boy wakes from a deep sleep and feels better. The cleansers go back into storage, the hand sanitizer along with it, the bar soap reemerges, the empty bottle of Sprite languishes in the returnable bin. The rough, scratchy recycled content tissues appear back in the bathroom and the world returns to normal.

That is, until... Someone else gets sick. My throat isn't scratchy, really it's not. It must be sleeping with the window open. That's why my nose feels a little congested, right? Right?!? What are the boys going to call me? Mama Bacon? I'm going back to bed...

This is The Green Phone Booth's "eco-confession" for June's Green Moms Carnival. The carnival will be hosted at
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14 comments:

JessTrev said...

Awww, poor Bacon Boy (and Bacon Mama)! I totally know what you mean about illness throwing you off your game. I'm so glad your little one is feeling better -- and how cool is it that your routine is so simple to slip back into? I hope you're not sick as a dog...get well soon!

oneordinaryday said...

I can totally relate. My kids both had pink eye last week and we went for the smelly cleaning supplies and the purell too. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

kathy said...

Oh the guilt of ecomom gone bad-it rivals Macbeth. Especially for those of us who write and blog. Folks assume we are all purists. I will one up you here. Whenever my DH goes to a particular town we seldon visit, he has to bring me back Teo's hot dogs. They are made in a little hole in wall shop, frequented by a lot of biker types. I don't even want to think about what goes into those things or into the chile they are topped with. One can only consume them with beer or A&W Rootbeer. On a really bad day, I need fast food french fries and on a terrible day, I go to (gulp)Walmart for something like underwear for the kids that I can't get anywhere else unless I head way, way out to the mall. I am learning to face the shame and move on. At least you had the excuse of a sick kid. I just get the minchies.

Donna said...

Poor kid! I'm glad he's better and I hope you don't get it. We had our own little falling-off-the-eco-wagon last weekend when my son got sick. The doc told us that all we could feed him was white bread, white rice, white crackers, Gatorade, etc. All the stuff I try so hard not to buy.

Green Bean said...

No Mama Bacon!! No!!!! It's really not scratchy. We all do what we can when we can. And sometimes, that means drowning in canned soup and virgin tissue. Hang in there.

The Pirate Farmer said...

My littlest one had the flu this winter and you would have thunk i owned stock in Campbell's the way that child sucked down the chicken noodle soup. I offered a fresh homemade pot. She politely declined and reminded me not to forget the saltines.

Hope you are all feeling better!

Green & Clean Mom said...

Oh no! When something bad strikes there is the fear that makes us want to used canned soup, hand sanitizer and virgin tissue. It's okay you'll make it and the power of the green moms/ all moms for the matter are with you! Poor Bacon Boy!

knutty knitter said...

We just went there - eldest a week off school, me - three days mostly confined to room, hubby - ditto. Only escapee - youngest still as fit as ever! We even managed to give it to grandma.

Only change in rules was used hankies get put in washing machine by their user. (and lots of hand washing but just with the normal soap).

Didn't help that the weather was shocking with copious rain, hail, wind and snow. The kitchen was colder than the fridge. Only the two main rooms were warm and those long robes I made came in very useful (I used a Jedi master pattern with hood).

viv in nz

Condo Blues said...

Thanks for the reminder that some situations are sometimes better served with not so green options. When I get the cold or flu I switch from handkerchiefs to disposable tissues. We keep the same soap but the CleanWell comes out too as a backup. My husband's homemade chicken and noodles is the best, but the last time I was sick he bought me a can of Chicken and Stars something I only got as a kid when I was sick.

Depending upon Bacon Boy's sense of humor, I blogged about homemade vegan soap in the shape of bacon http://condo-blues.blogspot.com/2009/05/homemade-soaps-good-enough-to-eat.html! You could buy him a slice? bar? for the next round of Bacon Flu

risa said...

Oh, good luck!!! We both went down with a regular flu, back in the 80s, and it hit us so hard that we both "came to" a week later and discovered the kids had taken care of themselves, and us, for the last week ... scary! You're doing all the right things.

And eating right has gotta have built up your resistance, too ...

Fake Plastic Fish said...

Yep. The plastic waste goes up for me when I get sick. Medicine bottles, mostly. Cough syrup. And yes, kleenex. But hopefully the "green" steps we are taking when we're not sick help to minimize the length of time that we are.

Jenn said...

Poor Bacon Boy! The green hits the fan in my house too when the kids are sick...TV goes on, nasty chemical cleaners come out, and the laundry machine runs on HOT water all day long!

Lisa Sharp said...

Being sick is really bad for being green. I agree using recycled tissues just doesn't work. And I use homeopathic meds so that has a lot of waste. I have asthma which means waste from those meds.

*sigh* The world would have much less waste if we could all be healthy all the time lol.

mother earth aka karen hanrahan said...

The vintage hankies definitely get put aside when it's a full alert germy nose blowing scenario...

and when i am a mom on sick kid alert ...the last thing i am thinking about is being green

we had an e-coli scare several years back, the source was from his grandmother ( shame ) but the experience and extra precautions we had to take hit home hard

certainly has one's awareness sharpened

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