The week before last, Rich and I were commenting on how healthy the girls have been this winter. They haven't had any sick days from school and there haven't been any unscheduled appointments with the pediatrician.
And then last Tuesday happened.
I received the following text from Grammy on my train ride home:
Allie is throwing up. Call me.
Ack! I called home and Rich informed me that Allie had thrown up that afternoon in the car. At first, Grammy thought she was just car sick but no, she was really sick. Rich picked me up from the train station and I walked into the house to find Grammy scrambling to clean up after Victim #2. Anna. At one point, we had two kids each throwing up every 15 minutes.
Rich and I had brought Anna to a routine gastro appointment that morning while Grammy watched Allie and Emily. Grammy was then going to bring the girls to her house on Wednesday for an overnight visit because it was school vacation week and it would give Rich some time to study.
Tuesday night, Rich and I decided to divide and conquer. I slept with Anna and Rich slept with Allie. They both threw up all night and only stopped in the early morning hours. We slept for two, maybe three hours. I had been keeping my fingers crossed that Emily wouldn't get sick. She didn't that night but I did find her wandering the hallway at midnight with her pillow pet and buddies. She told me that she'd had a bad dream about a fisher cat. I convinced her to sleep in our bed by herself and she did for the rest of the night. Funny how that comforted her even though she was there alone.
I called in sick to work on Wednesday because I was barely functioning with only a few hours of sleep and would they really want me in there after caring for sick kids all night. I ran laundry the entire day and bleach wiped everything that the sickies had touched. I was also constantly washing my hands.
The sleeping arrangements started off the same Wednesday night. Allie and Anna, although better, were still fairly sick.
1:00 - I fell victim
2:00 - Grammy
3:00 - Emily
4:00 - Rich
Rich stayed with Emily while I went between Allie and Anna, as needed. I'm not going to go into the gory details but I will say that this virus, which I believe is the new norovirus, is absolutely disgusting. I don't think I've ever been that sick and I had the norovirus when I was pregnant with the girls. Aside from the puking, I was so achy. My skin hurt. It felt like someone had hit me in the lower back with a bat and I couldn't stand up straight. I had the worst headache I've ever had, for 24 hours. I never thought that cathing my child would be a physically challenging task.
On Thursday, Allie napped in her bed until 1:00 that afternoon. She napped again on the couch that afternoon and promptly fell asleep that night when we all went to bed at 7:00. That's how much this virus knocks you out.
I'm on Day #4 and I still have no appetite. I have to force myself to eat and drink and I can't seem to stay hydrated. I have very little physical energy. Rich usually doesn't get stomach sick (or "man-sick") so while he still was sick, he's been able to do more than I can. Thank goodness Grammy didn't go home on Wednesday or my dad may have caught this. It could have been a lot worse - we could have been traveling or it could have been a normal school week. Based on how fast it moved in our house, we believe that they picked it up at gymnastics camp Monday morning.
So now I have my list of foods I want to eat but can't. Does anyone else do this? I really have absolutely no appetite so it's kind of an odd thing to thing about.
- Chicken parm with garlic bread
- Avocado, anything with avocado
- Cadbury creme eggs
Parking update - That incident happened the last day before school vacation week. School starts up again tomorrow. Rich sent a very nice email (I couldn't have worded it as well as he did) to the principals of the school after it happened and even though it was vacation week, he received a response back. He told them of exactly what happened and how we had been in contact with the police. The school agrees that the behavior of the other parent was unacceptable and that they will assist in monitoring the parking situation. They also told us that the police department has been very helpful in dealing with these situations, which to me implies that there have been other issues in prior school years.
Thank you for your supportive comments and suggestions. I'll keep you updated!