First Illness:Welcome to the Vomitorium

We made it through our child’s first major illness. I feel I deserve some sort of reward.

Like a new couch. It was a stomach virus.

CeCe has had the occasional fever and plenty of colds. But nothing could prepare me for what happened when that nasty gastrointestinal bomb hit her.

Her pediatrician said it was circulating around the school system like crazy.

For a week, every child I saw had tiny green germs dancing all over their hands and faces.

Caring for a child with a stomach bug was reminiscent of wild college nights.

You had that one friend who got out of control and you spent the night fireman- carrying her to the bathroom and holding back her hair.

Except this wild night lasted for five straight days. And there was no sobering up in the morning.

I strategically placed trash cans around my house, but CeCe was 0-10 on hitting the target.

She preferred to void her stomach directly on me.

I never thought as a parent I would have designated “throw-up clothes.”

My wardrobe now has an outfit specific for withstanding and cleaning up bodily fluids.

Just like I have a first-aid kit with band-aids and Neosporin, I’m creating a “Belly Box” for the next time my child’s digestive system decides to revolt.

It will include:

  • 5 gallons of Pedialyte
  • All the Oxyclean I can fit in the pantry
  • Plastic furniture covers
  • Airplane barf bags stashed around the house
  • Several extra toothbrushes

We survived the experience with little trauma.

My toddler is back to eating normally, although I don’t think my carpet will ever be the same.

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