There are very few things that I hate but being sick is one of them. Actually having my son sick is worse and makes me feel helpless. It is hard to see him miserable and in pain. Sadly, we both were quite ill over the last five days.
Ian and I had the stomach bug with plenty going on at both ends. He had it first, was feeling better, and then I started with it. To say we had a shitty few days is an understatement and not just an expression. It was a rough few days. Luckily, my hubby didn’t get sick and I am very glad of that.
Over the weekend, I called the on-call doctor at 2 a.m. and later that day at 10:30 a.m. Since we weren’t well enough to go to see anyone, it was nice to be able to chat with them and be told what to expect — 24 to 48 hours. We knew the rest.
There were a few times over the weekend that I cried And, a few others when I prayed. I asked for help for Ian to feel better and for myself as well. All day Monday, I was either in the bathroom, on the bathroom floor or on the bed. Miserable and I am so thankful it is over. Thankfully we didn’t have the bug at the same time.
After I started feeling better, I thought of those having chemo treatments. This is how they must feel on a regular basis as they are battling cancer. As miserable as our illness was, it was over in two days. My heart goes out to the brave men and women with cancer who deal with this for weeks at a time. And, for those with chronic illnesses.
I am glad that I can semi-joke about it now since I sure couldn’t during the illness itself. It was miserable and we spent more time in the bathroom than we care to count. Lots of washing as well — both laundry and parts of the bathroom with bleach, and plenty of Lysol as well as the dishwasher.
My cousin gave us a great order of food to eat once our systems settled down. I had never heard of it before but was pleasantly surprised that it worked. Thanks to her. It is BRAT — bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Each item has to be eaten and the stomach back to normal before continuing on. What a blessing this was. As were ice chips and popsicles.
It seems that quite a few people at Ian’s school were sick as well — both kids, teachers, and other parents. So I have a few requests for future illnesses. Parents, let’s please keep those kids at home when they are sick. I am begging you. No one wants illnesses like this. Trust me.
If they are throwing up, they need to stay home. Period. A few years ago, I remember walking Ian into school when a girl came in and said she had just thrown up. EXCUSE ME??!!! I remember hearing that kids shouldn’t go back to school until 24 hours after they are finished with this. And, she just did. I was livid. However, I couldn’t do anything since I didn’t know her or her parents. I think she told her teacher who took care of it.
Secondly, any fever of 100 or more, they also need to stay home. I am also concerned at anything above 99. Also, lots of snot, sneezing, and other issues might be cause for a day at home as well. So much better to keep them home and able to get better than to spread a bug throughout the school.
I am not sure exactly what our school nurse would request, but I am sure that she would have items to add. I will have to ask her.
Today I am thankful for:
- Lots of sleep that helped us get better
- Bananas, rice, applesauce, toast
- Hot tea
- Chicken and rice soup
- Going back to our routine this morning
- My parents for their help during this bug
- My hubby for his help and support
- Lysol and bleach cleaner
- Our washing machine and dishwasher
- Hot showers
- Being well again