Thursday, February 12, 2009

un-fucking-believable

We have the stomach flu. AGAIN. Gabe came home from the toddler program with a report of diarrhea, but I thought maybe it had to do with the raw cupcake batter I let him eat the night before. But then last night he had another bout of diarrhea, and then at 2am I was woken up by him crying. A horror of horrors met me when I ran into his room. Vomit. Everywhere. Diarrhea. Truly everywhere. EVERYWHERE.

It was so bad I threw out the pajamas he was wearing because I couldn't possibly imagine putting those in my washer. I had to wake Josh up because Gabe was so hysterical, I couldn't do everything I needed to do by myself because I couldn't put him down. We had to bathe him at 2am, strip the bed, start the laundry, remake the bed, line the bedroom with towels, dress him again, and somehow make the upstairs stop smelling like death. Josh decided to start spraying the beds and air with vanilla scented air freshener, which just made the upstairs smell like vanilla shit. It was awesome.

This morning, I woke up with the stomach flu too, but thankfully it hasn't been that bad. Gabe has been okay, for the most part, since last night. He is whiny and mopey and won't eat anything, but I can deal with that. We are just watching a lot of television from the comfort of the couch, and I'm just trying to keep everyone happy and keep Gabe from touching Josie too much.

Then, because we wouldn't want things to get boring around here, my friend called to tell me that at a birthday party on Saturday, Gabe was exposed to the chicken pox. Gabe hasn't gotten the chicken pox vaccine because my pediatrician doesn't believe in it, which is a whole other post for another day. I'm fine with Gabe getting the chicken pox, or at least theoretically I've always been fine with him getting chicken pox, but I didn't expect that to be when I have a newborn at home. I guess that is the problem with the chicken pox, you don't get it when it is good for you, you just get it. Whether it's convenient or not.

After a freak-out on my part, I'm trying to stay calm. There is nothing I can do at this point, except do my best to keep Josie from possibly being exposed. The incubation period is 10-21 days, so we have a long wait ahead of us. Chatty Cricket, because she took pity on me, even called her own pediatrician to get some advice but the advice was the same. Wait it out, hope Josie doesn't get sick, and hopefully if either one of them does, it won't be serious.

I'm definitely stressed. I'm definitely not happy. And I am definitely sick and tired of all the sickness. I hate that I'm spending so much time during Josie's first weeks worrying about whether she is going to get sick or not. It is enough to make me consider pulling Gabe out of his toddler program, but I can't do that. I need the time, he adores the school, it wouldn't be fair. It just stinks.

4 comments:

Ninotchka said...

I'm so sorry, doll. Why does life have to be so fucking hard sometimes? Hope everyone gets & stays well. :::hugs:::

wordnerd said...

O My God...seriously...yea, you did NOT need this. Sorry that things have been so difficult. Hang in there, you can deal with this... and as soon as you feel better, you might just need to have a stiff drink right after nursing...or maybe a whole pan of brownies or something.

Thinking of all of you and hoping that the flu is shortlived and that a pox doesn't descend on the house.

Meika said...

Oh, dear God, I can't imagine. We've had our month from hell here, too, and when a little girl threw up on the slide at McDonald's last weekend my first thought was, "oh, PLEASE don't let us get this." Then we hauled ass to the bathroom to wash everyone's hands raw. What IS it with all the illnesses going around this year??? I just said a prayer that the chicken pox would stay away from your house - hoping that everyone's health improves QUICKLY. Hang in there! :(

Rev Dr Mom said...

{{{{{{HL}}}}}}}}

I'm so so sorry. You are having a hell of a winter.

IIRC, infants as young as Josie may still be protected from chicken pox from your immunities (you had it already, I hope). The Kid had it when he was about Gabe's age, and luckily wasn't too awfully sick.

I hope you get a break soon!!!!