The stomach flu is one of the worst things to have to deal with. When the kids were really little and got it, the mound of laundry was never ending. Puke on the bed, on the couch, on the floor, on their clothes, on towels, etc. Now that they are a tad bit older and have a little more self-control, they can use a bucket or the toilet, which has made things better. My heart aches for them as their little bodies expel what seems to be every bit of their insides. But they get over it quickly and bounce back. Every family I know has a gross/hilarious story about when the stomach flu passed through their house. I thought I’d share our latest…
My girls randomly decided to sleep in the same bed. As I was getting into bed around 11p.m., I heard Aster (3) having a nightmare and she was crying pretty hard. I ran downstairs to comfort her and get her back to sleep when I noticed something wet on the blanket. I quietly woke her up and asked if her diaper had leaked. Betty (5) then sat straight up, started crying, and sobbed, “I think I did that”. I then noticed a horrible smell and turned on the light. Betty had puke CAKED into her hair, clothes, pillow, and literally covering her face. I then looked at Aster (who is black and has kinky curly hair) and noticed Betty’s vomit was caked in her hair as well. Do you know how hard it is to get anything out of her hair? So, I quickly got them out of bed and my husband came downstairs. Repeat of two months ago (I know, I know-I can’t believe this happened twice in two months). While I got them both in the shower, he stripped the sheets and took them outside to shake off all the big chunks. He got everything in the wash; the girls were now clean, so we all headed upstairs to make a bed on the floor for the girls. With a bucket by Betty’s head, everyone went to sleep. That is until 20 minutes later when I heard the bucket being used and a cry of, “MOM, help!”. This continued for the next five hours, EVERY twenty minutes.
Like I said, they recover fast. She spent the next day sleeping and relaxing. I always make a “sick bed” for the kids on the couch (see picture above) so they can sleep, eat and watch movies/cartoons all day. It makes being sick just a little bit more tolerable for everyone.
I do apologize if this post completely grosses you out. Before having kids, I never knew that 12 hours of sickness could be so horrible and gross. Now that we’ve dealt with it so much and know so many stories from others who have, it’s just another day here. Well, that’s not true at all…it still completely gags me! Have you had to deal with the stomach flu?