Friday, February 10, 2012

Quick Takes


My youngest child shall hence forth be known as Vector. In other words, he was the cause of bringing illness into the house this week.

Beware of any child who suddenly gets cuddly. On Monday night, he curled up in my lap as I sat in the rocking chair. A few moments later, he leaned over and doused me thoroughly in the contents of his stomach.
Miserable Tuesday morning with further stomach emptying episodes, by evening he was back to his normal climbing, into everything deviltry. 


Wednesday was the calm before the storm. At almost precisely 1 a.m. on Thursday, my oldest daughter came down to report that my three year old had thrown up all over herself and her bed. Bathtime, laundry and a pallet in my room proceeded. An hour or so later, the oldest brought herself down. More sheets to wash.  

We were up the rest of the night holding bowls for sick girls, emptying bowls and switching stuff from the washer to the dryer. Some how getting three loads of laundry done before 5 a.m. doesn't really make one feel efficient and productive.


As the night wore on, my stomach starting hurting and my head started spinning. I begged in a half awake way to at least make it until actual morning before getting sick myself. Will power or grace kept me going. I didn't get sick until 8 or 9. I was sure before then that it was coming though. I'd walked into the kitchen after that sleepless night and thought that coffee sounded like the worst thing in the world. Since I consider my morning cup of coffee near unto ambrosia after a normal night of sleep, this wasn't a good sign. Although I was wiped out and exhausted all day, the worst past very quickly, thank goodness.


During my bout of misery, a friend happened to post this link on Facebook. Nothing in there that I think is ridiculous to try during a stomach bug, but honestly -- the plural of anecdote is not evidence, as my husband likes to say. While her family sipped black tea and took charcoal tablets, and got better in 12-24 hours, mine sipped ginger ale and nibbled saltines, and got better in 12-24 hours. No proof as to why some people got sicker than others nor why it ended when it did.  Whole, natural foods are good, and I wouldn't recommend a permanent diet of ginger ale and saltines, but it didn't make us sicker or induce a longer lasting misery either. So when you get sick, eat what makes you feel better and return to a normal diet when you do.


Today, no one new is sick, although I'm a bit suspicious of those who haven't gotten it yet.  I think it will be a good day to continue our Renaissance movie fest and watch The Agony and the Ecstasy. Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison. Awesome. They have movie days in school, why shouldn't we?


My week has been too taken up with illness to come up with seven of these. So this will have to be it. Stay away from sick people.

Quick Takes at Betty Beguiles this week.


Diane said...

I've been following along at Facebook, and praying for quick recoveries. Hope the rest aren't just delaying the misery until you've just recovered from round one.

You are absolutely correct: when coffee sounds like a bad idea, I know I'm sick.

Nadja said...

Our misery started on Sunday night--I posted about it on Tuesday, but today is the first day we are all feeling normal again.

The week went by in a blur...can't believe it is already Friday!

nicole said...

Oh my goodness. So sorry for all of you. Ugh. Stomach bugs and large families are just not good. Hope the weekend brings everyone good health. I like Slurpees when I am sick, regular cola flavor.

Kimberlee said...

Oh dear, dear, dear! So sorry you've been through the wringer and hope you're all better, and stay that way! I vote for saltines too.
(One stomach bug hint - we always kept plastic basins under all the beds in case of sudden illness. Whenever anyone is the slightest bit off, or if one person is sick, all the basins sit on the bed for the night in easy reach, just in case.)

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