We have been ravaged by a stomach bug. It was going around in the local public schools and quickly made it’s way, via siblings, to Mabel’s nursery school.
She was sick Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Then Nemo was sick Sunday into Monday. Note, by sick, I mean, threw up in their sleep and rolled around in it for some period of time before we noticed and had to spend an hour in the middle of the night cleaning the child, the bedding, and the beds themselves. Perhaps it was punishment for poor parenting choices? On Wednesday we’d let Mabel get mac n’ cheese on ‘kids eat free’ night at the local red sauce place. On Sunday we’d let Nemo have Domino’s pizza since it was Superbowl Sunday.
This would have been craptastic on a normal week, however, this week was not supposed to be normal. Mac had a freelance job to do on-site in NJ. My company provides a lovely back-up care plan for employees through Br!ght Hor!zons. The plan seems to consist of a website that lists local daycare centers you can request care from and a bank of operators who call you back and tell you that there is no space in the center you requested, but there is another center on the other side of the Hudson River or 45 miles north of your home (which is 45min in the wrong direction from work). Alternatively, you could send your 1.5yo to the affiliated center nearby your work that has online reviews discussing how filthy the place is, how unhappy the staff is, and how they restrain children who won’t stay in time out. None of those alternatives were tenable.
Thusly, we cobbled together childcare from a variety of friends and family so Mac could take the freelance job (households with two working parents who encounter this stuff routinely have my respect and sympathy). Monday Nemo was to stay with a friend (and her kids) during the day, and Mabel was going to go home from school with another friend. This solution for Monday flew out the window like Domino’s out of a toddler sometime around 1am.
To complicate things further, on top of the pestilence, there was snow. We’d been up so much in the night Sunday into Monday, that when we did wake to lots of snow we pretty much gave up. As it was I had a miserable cold, no sleep, 800 loads of pukey laundry, and a sick toddler. Mac’s office was closed that day, so I took the day off to recuperate.
Tuesday I was scheduled to work from home (we couldn’t cobble together care for Tuesday and Friday). I took Mabel to school, spent the morning finger painting with Nemo, and waiting for my dad to arrive in the afternoon so I could take Mabel to the Museum of Natural History for a class we’d signed up for.
Nemo enjoying being an only child for the morning.
Around noontime, it was clear to me that something was wrong with my own GI tract. I didn’t want to miss out on the already-paid-for/no-refunds class, so I took some Pepto, grabbed some plastic bags (just in case), and headed out. I made it through and back home, but just barely.
By the time we got home, I knew I too had the stomach bug. I spent Tuesday night doing what one does when one has the stomach bug. Thankfully, I’d only had a cup of chicken soup (and not free mac n’ cheese or Domino’s). However, whilst I was out of commission Nemo spent the hours from 1am to 5am wide awake and refusing to sleep. Additionally, Mabel woke up (she’d fallen asleep in the car on the way home and I’d just put her into bed in her clothes) screaming that she had to get washed up and put on her PJs. I tried to help, but figured not puking on the carpet was help enough and retreated, leaving the hysteria to Mac.
Nemo finally settled down and Mac came to bed around 5am. By 7:30 Mabel was up and raring to go (having forgotten about her 1am sh!t losing). I crawled out of bed, turned on Doc McStuffins, and laid down on the couch.
A while later, Nemo was awake. When I went to get him, I found he had again puked all over his bed and self. *Thankfully* it was only a frozen waffle. However, I was so sick, all I did was take off his PJs, wipe him down with a baby wipe, change his diaper, put him in new clothes, carry him downstairs, and let him lay with me on the couch.
We remained in this state for an indeterminate period of time and Mac awoke to this site, at which point I notified him of the mess in the bedroom. Once that was cleaned up, we sat Nemo down for a light breakfast, at which point he projectile puked up all the water he’d drank that morning. More cleaning and laundry.
In addition to the pestilence, there was more snow- a lot of snow, highways closed, state of emergency declared snow. So, at least my work was closed and I didn’t have to use more PTO to stay home sick. However, Mac couldn’t get to NJ for work.
By the end of Wednesday, it had been several hours since anyone had puked, we counted our blessings, and went to bed.
Thursday Mac went to work, my mom came to watch Nemo, and I dropped Mabel at school. I cautiously made my way to work, and actually made it through the day without embarrassing myself.
I arrived home thinking we’d finally made it through, that we were recovered! Then Mac came home.
I’m home with the kids again today- none of us have puked since Wednesday- and Mac is at work, but feeling like crud. I hope he’s just having sympathy symptoms.
It has been a hellacious week (this morning’s breakfast of champions was a Dunkin Donut in the car on the ride to preschool- mom of the year!). I went into lab one day this whole week. I only managed a few hours of working from home. It sucks using so much PTO for nothing.
I really hope this is the end of it. I haven’t been that sick in a long time.