May 14, 2011

Virus

Oh, how that word strikes dread in the hearts of people everywhere...most of the time, it's because your computer or phone or iPod or some other technological device has been infested with some nasty programming that causes all sorts of trouble...

For some of us, it's because of an illness affecting someone for whom we care.

This week, while BB was away in California on business (yes, I know, we're going back in just a few weeks), I had a laundry list of things I wanted to accomplish (I don't like just sitting around watching TV by myself when he's gone so I work til I'm tired enough to just sleep), and made good progress on Monday and Tuesday...

And then...Tuesday night, as I slept with my door open just a few inches (something we don't generally do when BB's home for various reasons), I awoke in the middle of the night (OK, it was really only 11pm, but it felt like the middle of the night!) to that sound which makes every mother's blood run cold...the sound of someone whimpering down the hall...and as I sort of stumbled blindly, half-awake, down said hall, I caught a whiff...and my heart sank...

Princess was sick. Somewhere along the way in the last 2 weeks or so, she obviously caught a stomach bug...

I won't go into the details, but suffice it to say that I have now done somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 loads of laundry (some of which was "normal" wash), changed bedding and jammies in the middle of the night at least twice a night since Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, and disinfected every solid surface in the house 3 times.

So far, Captain has escaped the bug, but Littlest One succumbed late Thursday...

Its the type of bug that makes them miserable and not wanting to eat anything, because they know eating makes their tummies hurt and going potty uncomfortable...but then they're miserable because they're hungry, and then they eat just enough rice, or toast or spoons of applesauce or pieces of bananas, or drink just enough Gatorade (pediatrician's recommendation) that they start feeling normal again, and they play hard enough that they get more tired than they otherwise might, so they sleep hard enough that the cycle starts all over again...

Last night, Littlest One ate a scrambled egg, and some crackers. She chowed down, kept it down, and went off to sleep around 7. Princess ate the same, and was down by 7:30.

BB got home around 10:30, and we headed off to bed shortly thereafter...and I was awakened by Princess at midnight to start the cycle over again...After cleaning myself up and getting back to bed, I was awakened again at 2 by Littlest One...

Blessedly, BB and Capt both slept straight through any commotion and tears (some of which were mine, admittedly)...and, in fact, Littlest One ate some yogurt today around 6 (after a sponge bath and fresh outfit & bedding, and is now sleeping peacefully again. Capt and Princess waited to wake up until almost 8 which gave me time to get showered and dressed, and start yet another load of laundry.

BB is still sleeping. I hope he stays that way for another hour or 2 so he's rested and refreshed, which, in turn, will make him a little more tolerant of the million things the kids do that can be annoying when in the wrong frame of mind...

Please be praying that the girls will get over this virus soon, and that no one else will get sick as a result...

PS - my parents came to my rescue yet again yesterday...

1 comment:

Layla said...

:( So sorry that they're sick and I will definitely be praying that they get well soon and no one else in the family is stricken. :(