So before I whine about The Sick That Won’t Go Away, let me say that my mom’s 50th birthday party was quite nice, even if it was just Daniel, the kids, our friend Jason, my brothers, myself, and of course the birthday girl (or old hag, heh).
Now, the whining.
I’m seriously tired, and seriously ready for bed. Actually, I was ready for bed three hours ago, which is very unlike my nightowlish self. But I’m up, because I have wash to do: my 23rd load of laundry since last Monday morning. Yes, you read that right. By the way, I normally do 20-22 loads per month. But with that horrible stomach bug, I not only washed all of the childrens clothes, stuffed animals, pillows, mattress covers, sheets and blankets that Alyssa and Ryan threw up all over, but I washed our sheets, blankets and pillows, because I was scared of the thought of the germs hanging around and reinfecting us.
I need help. Alyssa and Ryan are doing this weird hurl-on-an-alternating-mornings thing that I can’t figure out. Okay, so Alyssa was initially sick Sunday night into Monday morning. She threw up twice that night, and once again early on Monday morning. Then she was fine: back to herself by late morning, eating and drinking normally by mid-afternoon. Ryan was sick Tuesday night into Wednesday morning (like me; Dan was sick early Wednesday morning into early Wednesday evening), but back to himself and eating and keeping what he ate and drank down by Wednesday evening (poor kid, I starved him all day long, with the exception of a few bits of a plain rice cake).
Around 8am on Thursday morning Ryan threw up the dinner he had the night before. Cleaned him up, washed out his mouth, gave him a tiny sip of water and sent him back to bed.
Around 5am on Friday morning Alyssa threw up the dinner she had the night before. Cleaned her up, washed out her mouth, gave her a tiny sip of water. She went back to bed, and was fine for all of Friday.
Saturday morning, 10am. Ryan was up for the day. Went in to get him and found he had thrown up sometime during the early morning – dried stuff caked all over him and the playpen. So into the bathroom he went for a much needed scrubbing! Again, fine for the rest of the day, eating, drinking.
Alyssa laid around on Saturday like she didn’t feel well, and didn’t eat very much, but she never threw up.
And… just now. Well, about twenty minutes ago. Went in to check on him, he had just thrown up. Somehow got it on his socks and nowhere else?? As I was taking his socks off, he threw up again.
FYI, and TMI, both kids are still having sick smelling, horrible explosive diarrhea every little bit.
So, as my blog title states: What am I doing wrong? Here’s what I’ve done so far:
- The kids are mostly indoors, except for brief walks outside.
- Absolutely no dairy of any kind. No sweets or chocolate, either.
- Nothing heavier than plain chicken, chicken noodle soup, plain spaghetti, rice, baked potatoes (no skins), toast, plain toaster pancakes, rice cakes and pretzels.
- Alternating between water, Pedialyte and plain, unsweetened apple juice.
- Encouraging quiet time and naps.
- Washing hands (theirs and mine) after eating, drinking or just rolling around.
- Putting sippy cups in the dishwasher for cleaning and sanitizing after one use.
- I’m cleaning both bathrooms at least twice a day (per bathroom), and spraying sanitizing air freshener (Oust) in between cleanings.
I don’t know what else to do. This tag teaming thing with the kids is exhausting. I feel bad for them, and I’m doing laundry like there’s no tomorrow. I want them to get better. I want this bug out of our house before I get sick with it again!!
I’m sorry I haven’t been returning comments, Tweets, Flickr comments, posts on message boards and emails. I have been so busy with sick kids and laundry and scrubbing and everything else, and the tiny bit of computer time I’ve managed to squeeze in is going right for work, which, thankfully, has picked up a lot recently. I promise I’ll get back to everyone as soon as I can. I miss you guys!