Kopila Valley Children's Home got hit with a nasty virus this week that seems to be taking down one kid after the next. We counted 18 last night in Satsung and then two more were sick when I went to check on things this morning. As you can probably imagine we have our hands full and it kind of feels like living in a hospital ward. This is definitely one of the challenges of living in close quarters with so many little ones. We've been quarantining as much as possible, but it seems like this thing is pretty contagious.
We're doing everything we can to fight off these nasty fevers and sore throats. Safira, Aunties, Uncles and I are walking around with thermometers, dispensing warm salt water for gargling, and trying to get the kids to drink as much water and ginger lemon honey tea as possible. I'm pretty sure it's viral so we're trying to simply combat fevers with cold cloths on foreheads and echinacea plus, but temperatures are hitting up to 103 and 104. The red-glossed over eyes, tears and seeing the kids in pain is the hardest part of all. When I walked into the girls room this morning they all started crying like dominos.
Yesterday was Maya's birthday, and despite all the sickness, we tried to get out and do a little something special. Tope, Matt, Safira and I took her for a special little birthday outing as per her request. She's been counting down for weeks and weeks. We're looking forward to our big August birthday party this weekend. Hopefully Kopila kiddos will be feeling better by then.