The Great Stomach Flu of 2010

The stomach flu…it hit us hard. It first started with Leah on Monday night, then myself at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday and then it took it’s last victim, Cameron at 5:00 a.m. (on the couch…yeah, gross…).  Thank goodness for my husband, who did not get hit and was able to take care of us.

Yesterday, as I lay on my bed in a room that had to be 76 degrees but felt like it was 30 degrees due to a fever, I had an epiphany. I laid all tucked under the covers with my ankles, legs, knees, hips, back, shoulders, neck, head, heck even my fingers, aching.

I.WAS.SICK.  And it sucked.

My daughter seemed to bounce back pretty well. And my son stopped throwing up soon after he started, thank god, but this flu seemed to be worse for an adult. I started thinking… “is this like chicken pox and it’s really really bad the older you get? Oh god, I’m 32. Oh god,  I’m so screwed.” And then I actually crossed myself and prayed. Out loud…“Oh dear god, make this stop. Oh.Please.Dear.God.” It was so bad that I even made the call.  You know, the one where I called my mommy and cried into her voicemail to tell her I was sure I was dying…

I lived.

We’re all slowing coming back from the dead.  My head is still splitting and the kids are whiny…the combination is just lovely. But I do see a little light at the end of the tunnel…and I’ll never take a day when I feel good for granted again in my life.  That’s what I kept thinking all day yesterday (in between melodramatic prayers to God) as I lay there in pain.  Much like after a night of drinking in college where I’d say in my head “I’ll never drink again. I’ll never drink again,”  Yesterday I laid there and said over and over to myself, “Enjoy each day. Enjoy each day.”

So even with a headache and two kids with a case of the whines, I am doing just that and “enjoying this day” as we snuggle on the floor and watch movies and get rid of The Great Stomach Flu of 2010.

UPDATE: Scratch that…While I am trying to “enjoy each day” today sucked, as my daughter started getting sick again last night and my husband was hit with it at 4 a.m. this morning. Please don’t say that relapsing is how this plays out…


  1. OH Sarah…I feel for you. I really do. We had this in December – the week before Christmas. I guess it’s just making it’s way to you. It truly was the sickest I had been in 10 years. AND YES – the kids bounce back much more quickly than us adults. My husband did not get it…but he said that when he heard me throwing up, it was so loud and horrible sounding that it almost sounded like I was faking. I WAS NOT! haha! (which he knew!)
    I hope you guys are feeing better soon. It took us days!
    .-= Kasey @ All Things Mamma´s last blog ..Build-A-Bear Workshop REVIEW & GIVEAWAY =-.

  2. I am the WORST patient when I’m sick! I’m so whiney! I hope you and your kiddos feel better, Sarah!
    .-= Cheryl´s last blog ..Smile… =-.

  3. Nothing worse than being sick and taking of little ones who are too at the same time. I hope you all get feeling better fast! I know if one of my kids get something, we will ALL get it.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Feeding Penny Pig Book:: Making Kids Money Savvy {Giveaway} =-.

  4. That has to be going around countrywide. We had that too, and it hit our house the same way. I almost ended up in the ER from dehydration, but the kids took some immodium and were ok in a matter of hours. I’m glad you’re all feeling better now. Excuse me while I lysol my screen. I don’t want a relapse here LOL.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Worldess Wednesday – Snow =-.

  5. Oh there is nothing worse then being sick at the same time as your babies. I know what ya mean about hitting us harder the older we get! I feel that way to, glad to know you are starting to feel better.

  6. Awww, well at least it was more of a 24 hour thing than a long, drawn out “will this ever end” kind of thing, :)

    Being grateful for every moment is what we should all strive for.
    .-= Shan @Last Shreds Of Sanity´s last blog ..Just Another Wordless Wednesday… =-.

    • @Shan @Last Shreds Of Sanity, Actually, I spoke too soon, or jinxed myself. Not 10 minutes after hitting “post” Leah threw up, twice. I fear this is not over :(

      • @Sarah,

        Oh no!! I hope you all get better soon. How are you? No signs of recurrence?

        I forgot to tell you, I wrote a post about picking a Kinder too. SO much anxiety. GAH!

        I hope Leah gets over this soon. Give her some pedialyte pops. Her electrolytes need balancing (I’m sure you already know this. LOL sorry). Oh and yours fo too mama.

        I can’t imagine being sick in paradise. That’s as bad as my friend’s honeymoon there and a hurricane hitting two days later!!

        .-= Shan @Last Shreds Of Sanity´s last blog ..Just Another Wordless Wednesday… =-.

  7. Oh that does suck! I HATE being sick and hate even more when my kids are sick because that means non stop disinfecting the house, every.single.thing that they touch and my hands about a million times a minute. lol I’m glad your kids are feeling better and hope that tomorrow you’re feeling back to normal. :)
    .-= Stefanie´s last blog ..Small Talk Six =-.

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