On Monday, I told you that I was sick of all the kids being sick all the time. It’s happened every winter since I started blogging, so I don’t know why it irritates me, but it does. We took them to the doctor on Monday morning, and got these prognosis’:
Ethan: Upper respiratory infection, sinus infection, ear infection, and conjuctivitis in both eyes.
Mia: Bronchitis, sinus infection, and conjunctivitis in both eyes.
Lila: Just a cold. Doesn’t mean she won’t get as sick as the other two, but so far, so good (though she did pick up conjunctivitis as a bonus).
Here’s an interesting tidbit: If you’re kids have runny noses, do whatever you can to make sure they don’t rub their booger noses and then their eyes. That’s how they get conjuctivitis (AKA pink eye).
So yeah, the Hoage home has been quarantined. And a lot of fun.
And then yesterday morning at about 1:00 AM when I was sleeping on the floor in the twin’s room in between all the sick kids, my stomach started feeling icky and crampy. I ran to the bathroom and hurled. Again and again. Then started hurling from both ends. At the same time. That stomach flu is a bitch, isn’t it?
I thought I could tough it out and didn’t mention anything to Jason when he went to work. I was wrong.
I called Jason home from work because there was no way I could deal with the kids alone. I slept all afternoon. And at about 5 PM I got up to try to eat something. And that’s when Ethan starting throwing up.
He threw up off and on until 10:30 PM when he was literally throwing up every 10 minutes for 2 hours. We decided that I’d sleep downnstairs on the couch with all the kids (we have a big U-shaped couch and were able to spread out) just in case anybody else got sick. Finally around 2 AM, Ethan stopped throwing up. I got to sleep uninterrupted until 4:53 AM when Mia threw up all over the place, without notice.
Have you ever had a two year old with the stomach flu? How awful it is to watch them throw up nothing because there’s nothing left in their tummies? To try to explain to them as they are doubled over in pain why their tummy won’t stop hurting? Why they can’t have milk? How you have to tell them you can’t make them feel better when they are begging you to?
I have always hated getting the stomach flu and have said I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. The stomach flu is a horrendous way to suffer. That’s why at 4:53 AM on a Wednesday I decided that the stomach flu is a Mother Fucker. The Devil. The Military should use it as a Weapon of War.
The only two people who haven’t caught it yet are Lila and Mia. Keyword there being yet.
Yesterday I tweeted this: “Downside: I have the stomach flu and am praying for death. Upside: I’ve probably already lost 5 pounds” You know what the bitch of it is? I got on the scale this morning and had only lost two. SOOOOO not worth calling it an upside!