Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hangin' in There

My own live-in entertainment. We just switched out the traditional swing for a ladder style, so the kids are using it a lot.

Still sick. On different regime of antibiotics. Probably not going back to work tomorrow so I don't relapse. I still have no voice at all, but no fever thus far today. Ugh. 

As for disinfecting everything, gosh, this place gets cleaned top to bottom four times a week! We don't have Lysol, but I do use brands that claim to disinfect... I'll wipe out the car, but it's a losing battle... We've been sick ever since we moved to really big cities: New York and Moscow. So much sicker than when we lived in the burbs in Michigan...

There are germs EVERYWHERE and we're constantly exposed to people who have been traveling all over the world, bringing back all those different viral strains... 

The air quality is really bad in Moscow, too. Our doctor says that it's well-known in the clinic that foreigners get sick much more often while living here than in their home countries. 

A dishwasher could help, since it sterilizes, but there's NO space for one in our tiny kitchen...

I'll have Chris bring me back a fresh batch of vitamins from Costco when he takes the kids to Colorado later this month... 

11 comments:

The Expatresse said...

No dishwasher?! I thought *I* was the only one with no dishwasher in Moscow! Well, *I* am the dishwasher, and it's true that you can't boil things in quite the same way. But I am a big fan of bleach. I wipe down door handles and light switches and the fridge and cabinets with bleach-y water every now and then.

I have a Russian friend from St. Petersburg who refers to "Moscow disease." When I first moved here and was SICKSICKSICK with the most horrible sinus thing ever, that's what she told me.

I haven't taken antibiotics since before I was married, I think . . . 1986, perhaps? I'm allergic to so many, I just don't even think about them as an option. I know they have changed a lot and there are many new ones, but I just forget to ask. I think each of my girls has had them maybe twice in their lives . . . I know they have each had an ear infection once and had to take them then. I count my blessings on this matter.

katbat said...

where is bleach? I haven't found it yet - I do use mr proper (mr clean?) though - boy I miss chlorox wipes! I dont take antibiotics either because of allergies - I have had 4 chest colds since moving here 5 months ago - not good! maybe I will stock up on airborne when I go back in dec . . . need to get some decent vitamins with vitamin d for the kids too . . . .

I have a little dishwasher (for which I am grateful) - but no hot water in the kitchen which is weird and annoying when washing pots and pans. . . .

cathy said...

As pertaining to your last blog entry, send the winter coats for the girl's trip later this month...we had snow already here in the Black Hills....brrrr! Hope you are feeling better soon!!!

Tina in CT said...

It's a good thing you aren't allergic to antibiotics as you have them so often.

The games I bought were Think Fun Math Dice, Quiddler for the Fun of Words and The Scrambled States of America Game. The Math Dice comes in all sorts of games. Do you want others? Sale ends today.

Rachael said...

The new swing is VERY cool. Wait til my kids get wind of this. It'll be, "WHEN are we going back to Moscow?!" or "WHY can't we have one!!" lol.

Glad you're feeling better, or getting there at least.

And, wait a minute...Chris is taking the girls to Colorado by himself? Wow. How'd you manage that one? Whatever will you do with alone time? I hope not WORK...

MoscowMom said...

Rachael: Time alone when they all go to Colorado? HAH! NO.... I'll be giving up the entire week of school vacation--including the weekend it begins and the Saturday of the following weekend--to go with a group of high schoolers to tour universities in Scotland. I had been COUNTING ON sitting on my butt doing NOTHING for those nine days... Instead, NOOOOOO!!!!!! And it gets better--I also have to give up my MARCH VACATION!!!!!! I'm SOOOO not happy about it. I will NOT do this next year.

MoscowMom said...

I should add that in theory, I don't mind the school trips at all--but they SHOULD NOT be during our vacations! We teachers NEED that time off, just as much as the kids do!

Annie said...

Our dishwasher is broken, and with swine flu going around, it brought to mind a day when I substitute taught out in some little town in Oregon and the kindergarten teacher had me show some VERY OLD movie about hygiene. It showed how the mother disinfected her dishes by pouring boiling water over them after she washed them. Every time I wash dishes now, I think I ought to do that. Since we all got sick, except Nastya, I'm even feeling GUILTY about NOT doing it!

Tina in CT said...

Is it still too late to put your foot down about March? That is ridiculous that you are expected to give up both vacations.

I'm putting together some Halloween treats to send in the big box that I'll send to your MIL's.

Tina in CT said...

Wonder what acrobatics Katya P. could do on the new hanging ladder?

The Expatresse said...

Katbat: I buy bleach at Sedmoy. The product is called ACE, and it looks just like a small bottle of Clorox (white plastic bottle). Look in the laundry aisle . . .