Bear woke up vomiting Sunday morning. There is nothing quite as powerful as vomit to stop your plans dead in their tracks. You could be going 100 mph and come screeching to a halt the instant one of your children barfs. The poor girl was just not herself. She was droopy and watched TV all day, which in our house is a big no-no. She didn't eat anything except a few tbspns of chicken soup and the nibble of a saltine cracker. She drank only water and Gingerale which I spiked with Pedialyte because she refused it on it's own. Not that I blame her, it's seriously disgusting. They try to sell it to you and make you believe that your kids are going to love it. "Now it comes in bubblegum flavor too!", as the camera pans to a child happily drinking the stuff. Yeah right. The stuff tastes like salty water. And maybe it's just me but adding grape or cherry or bubblegum flavor to salt water, doesn't exactly sound super appetizing. They don't fool me and they sure as heck don't fool the kids. And yes, I know...Gingerale is not the best thing to give her as it has sugar but at this point it's the best choice and I figure since I'm spiking it here and there, she is getting some electrolytes and that's better than nothing.
I have no clue what she's got. I'm guessing she has gastroenteritis because well, she honestly had countless opportunities to catch it. On Friday I took them to a petting zoo where she let a goat lick her tonsils. On Saturday she went to dance class with a bunch of sniffly little girls and that afternoon we took her to our town fair where she touched God knows what. And lets just be honest here but the fair is just about one the filthiest places around. She ate a hot dog and pop corn too. So honestly, it would have been a miracle if she DIDN'T pick something up.
She didn't go to church yesterday. She is staying home today too, no Y for us. She seems happier this morning; smiling and playing and talking. She already seems much better than yesterday when she laid in bed barely able to lift her head as Howie and I stood over her, me with a puke pan ready. Him pulling the covers up and rubbing her back. Both of us were hovering like she was on her death bed. It's simply un-nerving when your child is vomiting and feeling yucky. It's so much different than a cold or a cough.
She's not "Sneezy" but she is "Sleepy" and "Grumpy" and a little "Dopey" and she might need a "Doc" if she continues to feel this way. She also has a low grade temp although I am going mostly by touch because she isn't the best temperature taker in the world. Lets hope that she continues on a path of continued recovery. And lets also hope that it really is a stomach virus and not a cold or flu. The last thing I need is three sick kids on my hands.
This leads me to a question I would like to pose. Are you guys going to get flu and or swine flu shots for your kids this year? I always get them vaccinated and probably will again this year if the pediatrician has available doses (they've been out since the beginning of last month). It's just such a tough decision for all of us and I wondered how you all feel about it.