The stomach flu - a slightly different version of what we had last year
There is a horrible stomach flu going around that has put several adults from our daycare into the hospital for IV fluids. Knowing this I became nervous during a meeting when I felt the need to vomit. Since I knew I wasn't pregnant, I could only blame the overexertion from biking or the stomach flu. Within two hours of my initial trip back to morning sickness, I was lying on the floor in my office trying to find the strength to reach for the phone...
The Pocket Physicist picked me up and took me home. I crawled into bed and didn't get up for 19 hours. You know you're a lucky parent when your spouse lets you sleep through an illness. I really felt for Lynette (the most recent episode of Desperate Housewives) when she was telling Tom about how she took the kids trick-or-treating even though she had a fever of 104 degrees.
My path to feeling better involved lots of Gatorade, Trader Joe's oyster crackers, and Annie's Mac and Cheese (with margarine and salt instead of the cheese). If you haven't had the oyster crackers, I recommend them for healthy kids too. Both kids ate crackers with me in bed. It looked like a race to see which one could shove more crackers into their mouths. They were so cute and I was too tired to do anything except silently hope they didn't get sick too.
We thought we had already dealt with the stomach flu when B was sick in San Diego. He really didn't like being sick. It's interesting how kids deal with illness as they gain an understanding of their bodies. We spent about 15 minutes in the bathroom with B talking about how he had been sick before and would be well again soon. Then we paid for a movie in our hotel room and watched until it was time for B to go to sleep. I hope the kids don't get this strain of the stomach flu but I'm stocking up on juice, crackers, pasta, and a new DVD just-in-case.
For the post on our last stomach flu see Applesause for diarrhea, apple juice for constipation, and why the Kelty jogger shouldn't be barfed on. I still haven't put the jogger back together.
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