Thursday, January 28, 2010

Viral Gastroenteritis, aka: Stomach Flu

Viral gastroenteritis is inflammation of the stomach and intestines caused by a virus. The infection can lead to diarrhea and vomiting. It is sometimes called the "stomach flu" and has taken up residence in the Gant household.

This week has been difficult.

Early Monday morning, around 2:30am, Cade began vomiting. He was sick several times, but began feeling better at noon. The baton was then passed to Zane. He began feeling sick just as Cade began feeling better. Zane vomited close to ten times before the day was through.

The baton was passed back to Cade Tuesday morning and he spent a great deal of time on the couch. He felt better in the evening.

Wednesday I cleaned the majority of the day. I washed the boys sheets, mopped the floors, cleaned bathrooms, disinfected door knobs, etc. After a long, but productive day I finally started feeling like life would return to normal and the house was clean. At 11:30pm Zane took back the baton. I then realized that my cleaning and celebration were premature. He was so sweet to be concerned about the floors. He remarked, "Mom, it's pretty great that I didn't throw-up on the carpet, right?" and "Sorry I made a mess on the floor you just mopped." After much time in the bathroom, waiting for a heave that never came, Zane went to bed.

When we woke up today, Thursday morning, we had a few moments of reprieve before learning that Luke was now the unfortunate holder of the baton. He hasn't felt well all day and continues to vomit periodically.

I have been pretty patient with this flu bug; however, this afternoon I did mention to Cory that if Mr. Viral Gastroenteritis doesn't move out today I am going to quit. Cory reassured me (ha) by predicting that we are next on Mr. G's list. Please Mr. G, may in never be!

To be continued... (maybe)