Worst Week EVER!

Okay, we all know that having a five-year-old with a stomach bug is bad.

Well, my kid just got over a Monster-Stomach-Bug-From-Hell.

Not 24 hours…or even 72 hours. A full week of diarrhea, vomiting and crying over stomach cramps. This poor kid couldn’t even keep Pedialyte down for more than ten minutes.

All things considered, he was very good. He only cried if it really hurt, he would tell you as soon as he had a mess in his pull-up (yes, we switched back temporarily), and if he could help it, he would vomit into a bucket we kept in whatever room he was in. Even switching back to underwear wasn’t a problem.

Now for the really fun part…

About halfway through Connor being sick, Daddy got the bug. OH YAY. Any woman reading this knows full well how the most manly-man can instantly morph into a huge baby the second he’s got anything wrong with him. So, for the past four days, I’ve had to listen to how bad he’s got it and his stomach hurts, blah, blah, blah. Needless to say, he didn’t clean up a single instance of vomit or poop while Connor was sick.

Connor’s first day back at school was yesterday, and shortly before he got home, I started feeling funny. Not nauseated or anything, just a little…off.  I chalked it up to being up all week with a sick kid and a new baby. (Thankfully, Kyle – who is two months old – has avoided catching this awful thing.)

By the time he got home, I was feeling weak and cold – NOT GOOD. Got him in the house and settled, and took my temperature (my mom bought me the temporal thermometer – the thing rocks!). This one deserves another OH YAY…102.8.

Lee came home, and actually let me wrap myself up in blankets and go to bed for a couple of hours, made a bunch of bottles, then got me some of the stuff I needed – cold facecloth, etc. When I made the mistake of asking him to remind me when it was time to take my Tylenol…he said “I’ve been busting my ass since I got home so you could sleep. You’re asking an awful lot you know”.

Mind you – this is the first time I’ve really been knocked on my ass from being sick since Connor was born five years ago.

Can I shoot him now???

Anyway – the only thing you can do for your kid if they catch this horrible bug is to make sure they get plenty of Pedialyte. I even made popsicles with it and added a speck of Jello powder just for flavoring!

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Stuff and Junk

When we moved into this house almost nine years ago it was virtually empty – now it’s bursting at the seams! How and why do we acquire so many things?

Some part of the problem is an inability to get rid of things no longer needed…when you don’t have much money, this can be a very frugal way to avoid having to re-purchase things needed at a later date, but there is a point at which that inability becomes unhealthy, and I believe we have reached it.

It took some major fighting, screaming and tears…but I finally got my husband (who I think has hoarding issues) to start letting me get rid of stuff we haven’t used in a long time. I’ve spent the last three months re-arranging the house, throwing things away, selling stuff on eBay, and donating stuff to the needy who can actually get some use out of it. And, when I came home from the hospital, I was shocked/amazed/thrilled to see that hubby had been listing some of his “collectibles” (toys) on eBay as well! He even took a trip to the scrap metal recycling center yesterday and got rid of some golf clubs he’s had for nearly ten years but never used.

We’ve still got some major work to do (like getting rid of a piano I got free that needs too much work – what I was thinking I’ll never know!), but at least we’ve made a start. It will also help that we aren’t going to be having any more kids, so once Kyle outgrows things I can ditch them as long as they don’t have sentimental value.

By the way…does anyone need a birdcage?

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