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The family that pukes together, stays together. Mostly because they're too sick to go anywhere.

I came home sick from work yesterday morning because I was feeling, in the words of a co-worker who had gone home sick on Thursday "hot and weird. In a bad way, not in a Lady Gaga-y way." I got home just in time. Believe me, throwing up in your wastebasket in a cubicle SUCKS. Much better to be home in your own bathroom, even if it IS fifteen minutes with the dry heaves. Then the just-kill-me-now muscle aches set in. Eventually I got the nausea under control enough to take some Pepto and keep it down, and I spent the rest of the day in bed, with cats. For future reference, nausea and diarrhea simultaneously is uncomfortable, distracting, and requires a lot of control.

Bob was running about six hours behind me - he ended up having to pull over and throw up at the side of the road on the way to pick Charlotte up. I've done that once in my life - I got the better deal yesterday.

It was a bad night.

Charlotte seems to have escaped it. Thank God she's such a good little girl. We got her a big bowl of cheerios and a couple of cups of milk (her dinner, I'm ashamed to say), got her into pajamas and closed the gate at the top of the stairs. She wandered the rooms for a bit, helped herself to saltines, climbed in and out of bed with us a couple of times, and put herself to bed when she got tired. With a less fabulous child it would have been hellish. Well, more hellish.

No one got dressed today. I'm glad I don't have to go in to work tomorrow. I'm hoping to be able to eat without fear tomorrow.

I have to wonder where we got this - we came down sick within hours of each other, which argues for a common vector, but we're not coming up with one. Not that it really matters, but it's always nice to have someone to blame.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

EDIT 10:43pm: Hey - I'm hungry!  Still have the runs, but I'm hungry again.  That's a definite step in the right direction.



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Mar. 6th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
Nothing wrong with just Cheerios and milk in an emergency. Milk is good stuff, and cheerios have a bit of nutrition, too. Heck, I've had cheerios for supper myself, on occasion.

Hope everyone is feeling well, soon.
Mar. 6th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
I figured that it was better than animal crackers! Besides - one meal of crap will hardly hurt her.

Everyone seems to be feeling much better, which really points to it being some sort of norovirus - those tend to hit really fast, really hard, and clear just as fast. We're thinking it *has* to be Charlotte who brought it home because there's no other common contact during the right time frame. She had one runny diaper, but no other symptoms - I guess that was our warning shot.

Edited at 2011-03-06 05:33 pm (UTC)
Mar. 6th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Cheerios really aren't crap. They're not broccoli or kale, but they're not crap. Especially if they're multi-grain Cheerios, which I actually like better (for taste) than plain Cheerios.

I'm glad it's not one of those horrible bugs that tries to move in for a season.
Mar. 6th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you got it from your co-worker. From what I've seen, this bug is highly contagious and seems to have an incubation period of about 24 hours.
Mar. 6th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm planning on blaming Holland regardless. :-)
Mar. 7th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
Six hour delay of onset between Bob&Chris sounds like Charlotte brought it home. It may have been similar enough to another bug she'd already gotten so she had more immunity than you -- or it's close to something she's recently vaccinated against.

We had it too -- I'm calling it "It Came From UConn" since someone in Rob's office was out three days week before last, Rob was out 3 days last week, and Victoria was sent home sick on friday... and I'm feeling queasy now. Sigh.
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