We have all been VERY sick with the Flu since Monday. Violet (4) was the first to get sick over the weekend, but I didn’t yet know it was the flu since we’ve been sick basically since Mid-November. I thought she just had a lingering cold…how wrong I was.
On Monday, I took the girls to gymnastics since they seemed fine and their temperatures were totally normal. Ginger (6) was complaining of an upset stomach, but I thought maybe it was something she ate. When gymnastics started, the girls looked like this:
Not too bad, right?
Within 5 minutes, Ginger (6) came out of her class and laid on the couch in the lobby, saying she felt too sick to go on. I let Violet finish the class, since we were already at gymnastics, and she seemed fine.
The second we got home, Violet (4) walked inside the house and started vomiting everywhere. When I say everywhere, I mean everywhere. I could not catch it – it was just so much and so fast. Then, Ginger started barfing. Within minutes, our entire house was covered in vomit.
Violet seemed to bounce back after throwing up, but Ginger took a turn for the worse. She was so sick, I thought we’d be taking her to the hospital. Her stomach felt rock hard, and when I asked her the last time she went to the bathroom, she couldn’t remember. We thought she might have an impacted bowel, since she’s struggled with that in the past when she gets sick. We started giving her Miralax in her water, hoping for…you know…movement. (Motherhood is so gross sometimes, right?!) 🙂
So, all day Tuesday, Ginger was sick and getting worse by the minute. We were moments away from taking her to the hospital when the Miralax started working. Yay! The bad news was that at this point, the rest of us started feeling really bad (understatement).
Well, around 2am, I was still up with Baby Ellie and I started throwing up. I couldn’t stop – and here I was, trying to take care of Baby Ellie, who was really fussy. She didn’t want to be put down – so I was carrying her in the Ergo, holding a big ceramic bowl over her head and throwing up into the bowl. I felt like I might die.
Paprika got up because SHE was feeling sick, and you can guess what happened. She started throwing up everywhere – which woke up Ginger and Violet – who also started throwing up. Paprika vomited in an arc that landed right on Mr. M’s face and…so you guessed it…he got sick about 40 minutes later.
I could barely walk – my body felt like it might fracture into a million pieces with every step I took. I think the hardest thing is taking care of a baby when you’re so sick because they really don’t care if you’re sick. They just don’t. 🙂
Yesterday (Wednesday) was definitely the worst, in that I felt like I might die and I actually wanted to die. Devon messaged me and said she wanted to help – so she sent us a big care package on Amazon Now of crackers, soup, the whole BRAT diet, and ginger ale. It was so amazing – I am so thankful for her…it made me cry (in a good way).
Today (Thursday), Ginger and Violet are mostly through the worst of it. They are in the backyard making lemonade from our lemon tree.
They said: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! I couldn’t agree more…
Baby Ellie (10 Months) has been fussy for a few days, and then this morning SHE started throwing up. Ay-yay-yay! She’s going to get lots of snuggles, and hopefully nursing will help her get through it faster, since I should have some good antibodies to pass on to her. 🙂
Violet (4) was feeling better by yesterday, since I am pretty sure she’s had this a few days longer than us. She was so amazing yesterday, helping us out. She would get us crackers, ice water, and bowls to you know…barf. I was so proud of her. She is such a good helper, and so sweet and positive to be around.
I am feeling wrecked after a week of so much sickness. It’s just been unbelievable. I want to stay home and never go anywhere we might be exposed to germs ever again! I know that’s not possible – I just am going to thank my lucky stars that things are looking up and be grateful that today I can keep down water and toast. It’s the little things, right?!