It’s been a heck of a week in my household. All of us were touched by that stomach virus that’s going around.
I think it hit my husband first. Aches, stomach pains, you get the picture. Next thing you know, little Jacob was coughing pretty strongly and couldn’t seem to keep anything down. As a result, he spent a night in the hospital on antibiotics and IV fluids, mommy in tow.
It was a full pediatric ward, lots of little ones in cribs hooked up to IVs. The overnight also consisted of waking up what seemed like every other hour. Jacob didn’t sleep in the crib, either. He was on my chest, on my shoulder and at one point curled up in my arms. In my eyes, I did whatever it took to get some sleep!
Two days later, it was Amber’s turn. She was up in the early morning hours with sickness and stayed home from school that day. She spent most of the day lying on the couch, dozing or watching videos.
Saturday was a day of respite. The kids and I didn’t go anywhere. I just wanted to stay put and let everyone relax. Well, that’s when I started feeling funny. A little stuffiness, scratchy throat.
Sunday morning, it was Mommy’s turn. I stayed in bed most of the morning. Amber came up with a bowl of chicken soup for me and a bottle of water.
“I wanted to bring you something to help you get better,” she said. What a sweetie!
I took a few spoonfuls of broth and laid back down for a bit. Amber even brought the thermometer over to check my temperature. It’s one that checks through the ear, and it rattled off, in its British accent, “Your body temperature is one-hundred point one degrees Fahrenheit.”
Yep, I was sick. But wait a minute, mommies aren’t supposed to get sick, right? They’re the ones who are supposed to take care of everyone else, be the iron horse of the family and ward off all those germs floating in the air.
Looks like that just doesn’t happen in real life. When it does, however, it’s good to have someone to help, be it a husband, significant other, relative or friend. I was grateful that my husband was home Sunday morning. He took Jacob and Amber downstairs and took to feeding them and watching videos with them. Thanks dear!
Here’s hoping that everyone can keep the germs at bay and stave off the stomach virus. I know I don’t want it visiting our house again anytime soon.