Friday, November 2, 2007

When It Rains . . .

Year of Wonders
by Geraldine Brooks

Our house was like this book last night. If you have read it, you understand what I mean. E. has been fighting a cough for several days and was not feeling so hot. The boys were asleep, so I went to bed at 9:00 PM with chills and aches. Thought it was going to be a long night's sleep. Bwa - hahahaha!

S. developed a horrible cough yesterday evening. Had done the Vicks and humidifier routine, but about 9:30 PM he coughed to the point that his gag reflex kicked in and the vomiting started. Let your imagination be your guide as to what the clean-up from that was like, after his sumptuous dessert of Halloween candy just a couple of hours before.

E. started the laundry from that whole adventure, then I went back to bed. About 10:30 G. started crying. E. checked on him to find that he had vomited. He only has a very mild cough - his seemed to be a stomach bug of some sort. Between 10:30 PM and 2:00 AM he went through four sets of sheets, three pairs of pajamas, and I can't begin to guess how many towels and paper towels. We finally ended up in the recliner chair, me just holding him between bouts, towel at the ready.

We both finally slept around 3:30 AM. G. was up at 7:00, screaming for water. It's off to the doc today for both my little men. Please send prayers and positive energy our way.

Not sure if there are varieties of the same plague blazing through our household, or if there are a couple of different ones. We will pull through, unlike most of the characters in Brooks's book. Which seriously is a great one, by the way. This is the same person who wrote the Pulitzer-prize winning March in 2005. Thought of Year of Wonders in the middle of last night's siege, because it is so awful when the whole household (in the book it is a whole village) goes down, and you have no idea what will transpire next.

The good news is that G. has tolerated ice chips and a few sips of water this AM. There is probably a light at the end of the tunnel. Must say, though, that it is a moment of grace when your child reaches for you, puts his head on your shoulder, sighs, and goes to sleep. Even when he smells like puke.

Reverent Reader


At 11/2/07, 6:45 PM , Anonymous Pam said...

Oh, I am so sorry for all of you!!!! Hope by now everyone is feeling better and the grownups stay vomit-free! Load up on the BRAT diet -- bananas, rice, applesauce and toast! And of course, GATORADE! Luckily, little guys bounce back fast!!


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