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…
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…