January 02, 2009


On the morning after Christmas, the six year old gently shook her father awake and announced that she had thrown up, but that it was all under control. She'd made it to the toilet and she was just letting us know. "Phew, did we get off easy," we thought.

Hahahaha! Early, early that Sunday morning, the bug hit me and the two year old. Then it seemed that things were getting better, though one or two children had on and off diarrhea. We continued on with fairly normal life (meaning we probably infected tons of people, sorry about that), even going up to The Fathers of Mercy for Mass on New Year's Day.

We came home, ate, watched The Great Race with the kidlets and had a nice lazy New Year's day.

I was curled up and sleeping when the screaming started. The four year old had emptied the contents of her stomach onto the bed she shares with her sister. When my husband started cleaning up their bed and transferring the girls to separate locations, the six year old threw up all over her brother's bed and managed to shoot it under another bed. And by morning, there was yet another set of sheets covered in more of the same. That, if you are keeping score, is three sets of sheets/pillows/duvets/pajamas/etc.

I had been caught up with laundry when I went to bed the first time and I loaded of the washing machine at midnight with the first load from the first attack of the plague of 2009 and got up at 7:30 to start a new load before doing anything else. The washer and dryer have been running continuously since then and if nothing else happens, I still have at least two more loads to wash.

The year can only get better from here, right?


I'm beginning to feel better about having hibernated for much of the last two weeks...

I hope this is the only attack of germs this winter for you all - let it run through you now and leave, never to return. Or come back up, as the case may be.

Posted by: Diane at January 2, 2009 05:32 PM

I'm just so sorry. All I can say is that I remember a wild stomach virus situation we had when we only had 3 kids. It must've been about 17 years ago (really dating myself here). That was AWFUL. It's not happened again since then.

Just offering hope to you. And some prayers along the way. It's so hard to manage sometimes, isn't it?

Posted by: melissa at January 2, 2009 08:25 PM

Well, you know you have my sympathies. Sometimes I think we spend more of our lives sick than healthy around here, ugh! This Christmas holiday is one of those times sadly, so I am sitting here feeling rather sorry for myself, and for you, you poor thing! But probably like you, I hate vomit-fests the most, and we have one less kid to add to the mix than you do! Here is hoping you will have a much healthier 2009 from here on out.

Posted by: Tricia at January 4, 2009 08:40 PM

I'm so sorry to hear it. 'Tis the season. So far, we've only had minor troubles- the littlest on antibiotics isn't bad compared to a vomitfest. Hang in there, and I'll pray for you all to be healthy soon!!

Posted by: Lenise at January 5, 2009 08:40 PM

I'm sorry to hear it. Praying for you all to return to health speedily!

Posted by: Lenise at January 5, 2009 09:01 PM

I guess the comments DID come through.

Anyway, I hope everybody's well!

Posted by: Lenise at January 6, 2009 11:52 AM