Monday, September 24, 2012

The Stomach Virus

WARNING TMI: Only two months into the school year, and L brought home a MAJOR stomach virus.  It started out with nausea and throwing up, and was followed by several days of stomach cramping and diarrhea.

L woke us up in the very early morning on Sunday with the dreaded, "I threw up" announcement.  We (husband and I) got the hall-way cleaned up just in time for his 2nd round (which he, thankfully, made into the trash can).  All day on Sunday he was nauseous and spent most of the day napping.  We kept him home from school on Monday, but he was acting normal by the end of the day.  On Tuesday he returned to school, but he continued to have some stomach cramping until probably Friday.

I told him to "look sick."  Silly kid!
E was kind of nauseous in the evening on Tuesday and I had that awful feeling that she was going to be next.  Sure enough, she got sick all over the floor in the kitchen, followed shortly by O getting sick all over me.  They both went right to bed, and were fine all night, but with two sick kiddos, my husband decided to take off work and help with the clean-up (just in case) on Wednesday.  Maybe it was because I had extra help, or maybe it was just a fluke, but both kids were perfectly fine all day.

My Sleepy Sweet Girl- Tuesday Night

Perfectly Fine E

Yup, not feeling sick at all!
Thursday was a different story though.  E was very very lethargic.  She literally did not get off of the couch until I took her to the doctor a little after 1pm.  She would only crack her eyes open and she looked absolutely miserable.  I could not get any food or fluids into her and was really concerned she would dehydrate.  The doctor gave her a strep test, and checked her out, but she found nothing wrong with her (other than the stomach virus).  So, she sent us home with orders to get her hydrated.  She got a little better by evening, but went to bed early.  In the night, E woke up with horrible stomach cramping and, to spare all the graphic details, we had to do a full load of laundry at 2am.  The cramping, screaming in pain, and accidents continued for most of Friday, and Saturday early afternoon for E.  She really wanted to go to her soccer game on Saturday morning, but all she did was lay on the blanket.  Poor girl.

My Sweet Sick Girl

O had a milder version of the same: frequent dirty diapers, increased fussiness, and longer sleeping/napping.

Fussy O

The Sick Kiddos

Fussy baby

Poor guy
Laying around
Sick, tired, and fussy
Still beautiful 

Thankfully, fingers crossed we've not had any incidents since Saturday, so I hope the routine will return to normal today!

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