Vabuari

Vabuari

Me and Oliver had a great friday. This is from when he helped me to shove snow;)

However I did feel a bit taken aback by the morning dance we did the next day on saturday morning.. a little heavy. I drank some hot water with honey and ginger and a small splash of whiskey and that seemed to clear me up.

In the evening we went for dinner at Martin & Stina and we noticed a small cough with Oliver. That cough got worse during the night to sunday with him waking up and crying and coughing. He clearly has a nasty cold but still no fever.

I’m guessing we will have to do something we in Sweden call “vabba” this week, vabba is the verbal slang of the acronym “VAB” (vard av barn ~ care of children). For my US friends, in short it means our social security system kicks in and pays 80% of the wages of the parent staying home with the sick child. Here is the long version to how VAB works

So that leads me to the title of the post; the month of february is often called “vabuari”, a word play on the fact that it is the swedish mix of “februari” and “vab” because it is the month when swedes have the most sick children. In general the winter months has an enormous spike in noroviruses and in influenza variations in Sweden.

Why? Well many factors, none certain, but the best guesses supported by some studies goes something like:

Cold outside means more people and more time spent inside heated buildings; heated buildings (and no heat outside) means localized spots of humidity which are nice spots for bacteria to fester and the closer proximity between disease vectors such as us means ease of access for viruses.

End of school for today ;)
Hope the kid gets better.