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Sunday, June 14, 2009


We've encountered a different strain of the flu at our house. This obnoxious flu variation is presumed to have existed for as long as children have, and while debilitating, it's rarely fatal. The scientific designation is WH1N3 but the more common name is: "Whine Flu". So far all three of our children have been officially confirmed as having this flu and Brian and I are showing various symptoms but haven't yet received an official diagnosis.

Symptoms include:
speaking in an unnaturally shrill voice for extended periods of time
screaming fits
crying (sobbing, weeping) for no readily apparent reason
picking fights
inability to entertain oneself
complete breakdown of the social order

Apparently children and stay-at-home moms are much more susceptible than men to "Whine Flu". This disease tends to pop up when children are forced to spend ridiculous amounts of time in their own homes, for example, Christmas break, Spring break, or Summer break.
Experts have been unable to develop a cure or vaccine and caution parents of afflicted children to avoid treatments such as grounding, time outs or road trips. Some success has been achieved with extra chores and PBS, but the only treatment that shows consistent results is regular trips to the park or swimming pool. Unfortunately, regular hand washing and coughing into your elbow won't do a darn bit of good in preventing the spread of this disease. If you or your children are showing signs of "Whine Flu", don't worry, it will pass in the Fall when school starts again. Sigh.


Shanda said...

Uh oh! While we have had some minor outbreaks here and there, I haven't seen anything too bad yet. I will keep my fingers crossed! I would love to get together with you. Maybe that would help hold off the whine flu for a while longer. What works better, weekend or mid-week?

sues2u2 said...

Ours has come & gone thank heavens. I am a bit concerned about it creeping back into our home towards the middle of July, lol! Of course, hopefully, yours will leave after Wed. I'm going to go call you as soon as I get my hair curled!!!

Dutson House Happenings said...

Ha! The Wh1N3 flu never leaves our house!