As you may well imagine, since I thought fit to re-publish my favorite vomit story of 2010 last week (which didn’t even involve my own children), we were visited by the Bubonic Plague in the languishing hours that marked the end of the year.
Jensen was the first to succumb. His treachery was marked by a sore throat, snuffly sinuses, and the subsequent vomit-fest that comes from refusing to blow your nose and allowing All The Phlegm to congregate in your tummy.
He was a pitiful site all day, refusing to change out of his Mario pajamas. But he was comforted by the fact that Cailey became his Florence Nightingale, dutifully fetching his every wish and whim. My favorite parenting moment came when I caught sight of Jensen laying on the couch, his head in Cailey’s lap, as she gently stroked his hair.
I wanted to bottle that moment up. Only to haul it out again when the two of them would eventually be going at it like a feral cat and rabid dog.
And like a domino, Cailey and Emme fell ill on New Years day. High fevers were the norm, along with an inordinate amount of body fluid. Which as you may recall, I don’t handle well. Fiddledaddy will attest to this fact, as I would mysteriously disappear whenever the retching would commence. Except on one occasion when he was dispensed in bathroom A with one child, and I had no choice but to attend to another child in bathroom B. I emerged with tears running down my pale face. “You were gagging, weren’t you?” He’s astute, I’ll give him that one.
I will say that for nearly two days, all sibling bickering came to a halt. So there was peace in my valley. Well. Save for the retching.
By Sunday night, most of the fevers had broken, and the usual insults and teasing had resumed. That’s when I knew that everyone was going to live.
I managed to bypass this particular mystery illness I believe because I am amped up on all manner of antibiotics, thanks to the Lyme Disease treatment. And so far, Fiddledaddy has remained unscathed, mostly due to stubbornness.
It is a rocky start to 2011, but as far as I can tell, we can only go up from here.