Thursday, March 6, 2008

A Little Visitor

*Warning* This post is not for the squemish or faint of heart!

Yesterday, we had the wonderful fun of welcoming a little visitor into our home: the 24 hour stomach bug. Now this little "friend" once welcomed into our bodies, decided to convince our bodies that every single food source and water molecule must be evacuated from our bodies!
I got a call from HJ's school yesterday to come pick him up because his stomach hurt and he was really lethargic. I was already on my way out the door to pick him up when they called but by the time I got there he had already thrown up all over himself. I commandeered a plastic bag for our long (and it seemed to take forever) ride home from school. Along the way, HJ threw up twice. Once in the bag and once out. Lovely!
By the time we arrived home he had no energy and was getting sick about every 20-30 minutes. It was so sad but he was so good about it. At first, he would go to the potty and get sick but after about an hour he did not have the strength to do so. Therefore, I set him up with a bucket. He was so good and always made it in the bucket so there was no mess to clean up. (This is good because I don't handle throw up very well. Just the smell makes me gag.)
Well around 7:00 my stomach started to feel funny and I knew just where this was headed for me. I have been down this road quite a bit as I seem to be super susceptible to the stomach bug. I just knew the fun was going to start soon for me. The kicker is that last night was KJ's night to work super late (he got home at 2:30 am) so I was on my own. I quickly got CG put down to bed and left HJ laying on the couch. I figured he would sleep there tonight as there are no doors separating the kids room right now due to the remodeling. I didn't want CG to wake up every time HJ got sick. Well by 8:00 HJ still had not gone peepee since we got home nor was even able to keep a tsp of fluid down so I was getting worried about him. He was super lethargic and listless. I also was moments away from my date with the bathroom throne. Therefore, I wound up alternating
getting sick and getting HJ up to take a tsp of liquid. At around 11:00, he was finally able to start keeping very small quantities of liquid down.
Now let me tell you about the liquids I ended up giving him around 8:00 because I was becoming desperate for him to improve a little. We had none of the recommended liquids in the house to combat dehydration. KJ had told me he would stop and bring some home but I really was desperate to get some electrolytes in him and it was still a long time before he was coming home. Now I noticed that there was a Gatorade bottle in the fridge that was not ours. I knew it belonged to the workman working on our house. It had been opened and about one sip taken out of it. Can you guess what I did? Yes I gave my son the opened Gatorade to drink one tsp at a time. I figured the guys working on our house are good Christian guys and I was running out of options and HJ looked so bad! (Are you guys completely grossed out yet?)
Well I was up most of the night in the bathroom purging every water and nutrients in my body. It was super fun. It finally stopped for me around 4:00am. When I woke up this morning I had lost 4 lbs since yesterday! That is an enormous amount of water weight. You can imagine how I feel today. I feel like I have been run over by a truck. Every bone and muscle in my body is sore and I have no energy (add that on to the soreness I am feeling from my first work out yesterday morning with a personal trainer bent on transforming my body like a dictator and you will have some idea of the pain I am in!). And my son, how is he feeling after going thru the same thing, he is feeling fine. He is full of energy and seems to be experiencing none of the body aches and lack of energy I am. KJ is staying around this morning until nap time to help with the kids since I have no energy and am so weak. It is all I can do to walk from the bedroom to the kitchen and forget the stairs. It ain't happening!

Oh, and this morning, CG threw up twice. I was like wonderful, however, I don't know if it is how young she is but she hasn't gotten sick since then so maybe she only got a touch of the little bug going around! That is my prayer!


The Davis Family said...

I don't want your genes! You guys get this stomach thing way too much!
I hope everyone is feeling least you are up enough to do some blogging :)
Praying for you all!

Nashvillians Now said...

Yes I am camped in a recliner with the computer on my lap!