05 September 2010

Loving...NOT Loving: This Weekend

Loving Having Friends Over After School on Friday...

Loving little boys playing with tractors. And little girls playing dressups. Baking Gluten Free cupcakes and chatting with a friend... until...

...the Puking started.


Poor Miss Fab was not eating any cupcakes. She was complaining of a sore tummy. I thought nothing of it, mumbled something vaguely sympathetic and carried on sipping my coffee, talking to my friend.

Suddenly there was puke all over my kitchen floor and Miss Fab was crying, "See Mummy I TOLD you I had a sore tummy...!"

NOT Loving that the Puking Always Starts When Daddy is Out of Town

Say no more.
You can imagine my night. Puking, Changing Sheets. Holding Hair Back. Rushing to empty buckets, washing bedding, and comforting the poor sick brave girl.
Not much sleep.

Come morning I knew that I had to get some help. Somebody to take the boys off my hands so I could concentrate on my very ill patient, who didn't want me to leave her sight.

So I switched on my computer and FaceBooked an SOS. Help!! Two energetic Boys free to a good home!!
I had an immediate response from the lovely Laura in Connecticut offering for me to put them on a plane to her... sweet (so appreciated) but totally impractical of course :(

So I left a message on hubby's phone.

"AbFab really sick. Need some help or you might have to come home..."

We started txting madly and before long I had offers of...

~ An all-day playdate for Dash
~ Door-to-door delivery of Popsicles for the Patient
~ A young couple willing to incorporate Scrag into their Date and shopping expedition.

I am LOVING my Awesome Friends

The lovely Meg turned up on my doorstep with a Box of lemonade Popsicles for Miss Fab, a couple of PS2 games for Dash, some books and puzzles for Scrag and some homemade Brownie for me! All presented with a bunch of hand-picked freesias. I am sooooo loving Meg. She is a wonderful friend.

Dash went off to spent a day rolling in the mud with his classmate Ed.

Our awesome friends Rachel & Nathan spent  time playing trains and cars with Scrag before they took him off to share their romantic date. Reassured that they were "good peoples" he went off happy as Larry with his Choochoo train lunch box packed with treats.

Rachel txted later that Scrag was "So happy!" and they enjoyed playing mum and dad for the day. What a pair of Legends. Aren't they gorgeous?? (You can bet that when they have their own babies they will have a willing babysitter right here)

Much much later, after a day of holding back hair, rationing water-sips and emptying vomit buckets in a peaceful house, my boys came home happy after a great day out. I chucked them in the bath, made them cheese & egg toasties and put them to bed, ready for another night shift.

Poor Miss Fab was so truly miserable she didn't even want to lay on the couch and watch TV. She just wanted to snuggle with me in my bed...

LOVING the Wisdom of Handy Manny

As we were laying there, between pukes, My little patient whispered to me, "Mummy, on Handy Manny it said you shouldn't get close to a sick person. Are you going to get sick too?"

I melted. Went all gooey from top to toe. Bless her caring little heart.

"Darling, that's just what us mummy's do. We look after you when you are sick. And if we get sick too, well, that's a risk we have to take..."

Right then I felt like some kind of SuperHero facing danger, putting my gut on the line for my sick child. That's just what mummies do.

LOVING My Boys. And Having Daddy Home.

Daddy made it home this morning to take the boys to church for a special Fathers Day service. (Yes it was Fathers Day here in New Zealand. Lucky I was prepared in advance!)

I got my boys all spiffied up in their sharp new gears so their daddy would be proud to step out with them. Don't they look handsome? Daddy decided to be matching too. Gotta love these guys. They are special.

LOVING the Fathers Day Card by Dash {the reluctant artist}

Awwww, daddy loved it too. And of course he got the "Vaocha for cisie" from Miss Fab.

NOT Loving Super Bugs that Race Through School like an Epidemic

I've heard of quite a few of Miss Fab's classmates who have been laid low with this same misery this weekend.

I am NOT Loving that this tummy bug has lingered now for 48 hours. Miss Fab has had fever bright eyes and flushed cheeks, a temperature (after paracetamol) of 39oC and is still vomiting up what little is left in her gut. Which is pretty much Nothing. I HATE my kids being sick.

I phoned the Healthline to get a second opinion on what I was dealing with and anything else I could be doing to care for my patient... apparently I'm doing what I should be. "Keep Calm and Carry On" was the advice... just like the war.

Right now she is sleeping again, and Daddy has the boys. You can bet she won't be at school tomorrow. But I'm hoping at least she may be able to hold down more than a sip of water. And her tummy won't be aching from all the heaving. And her fever will have dropped and the chills and aches will have gone. And she'll be able to move from the bed and watch TV like a recovering child. Not lie on my bed like a poor sick rag doll.

And through all of this, what's the thing I am most LOVING?
My daughter. My brave, sweet, uncomplaining patient of a daughter.

{and LOVING this Eva Cassidy Song...Songbird}

How was your weekend? (Hope it was better than mine)

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Sarah (Chez Lee) said...

Oh your poor darling daughter and poor you. I'm so glad to hear some fabulous friends helped out & really hope your daughter gets well real soon and everyone else in the family manages to stay bug free x Phew, I feel so tired just reading your post. Your hubbie and boys look fab by the way and how lovely that they enjoyed some special time together. Best wishes for a speedy recovery xx

Sammy said...

You poor chickie and poor Miss Fab! I am so sorry I only got your text this morning! Praying that she gets better fast xxx

meg said...

lots of love from us, glad we could help you out x

PaisleyJade said...

Oh dear! Feeling for you - what a full on few days!! Sounds like the exact thing all 4 of our kids had (as well as my mum) while we were away in Israel! What wonderful friends you have.

Love that song at the end - beautiful!!

Here's praying for an amazing week.

Meghan Maloney Photography said...

Wishing Miss Fab a very speedy recovery and hope the rest of the family can stay bug free. Yay for great friends who could help out :-)

LindyLouMac said...

Just popped over from Sunday Song, beautiful choice. Sorry to hear you have had a grotty couple of days, the joys of parenthood. Hope your daughter is now feeling better.

Anonymous said...

Aww poor Miss Fab! Hope she gets better soon!! Awesome to have such great friends to help you out :)

Amy said...

Yay 4 Nath and Rachel!! You are probably already doing this, but in-case not, balancing her electrolytes should stop the vicious cycle of sips of water followed by puking. I find what works like magic is to freeze the rehydration solution with a bit of juice for flavouring, into icechips to feed them as they can manage it. Failing that, flat coke. Works so much better than water.
So know those misery filled weekends with awfully sick kids - feeling for you. Hope it ends soon. xx

Babes about Town said...

Oh your poor little sweetie and poor you too. There's nothing worse than a sick child. Lucky you have such great friends to help out in times like these. Loving your storytelling and photos that take us into your family life. What a cool Daddy's day card too!

Hope things pick up for you during the week.

Leslie said...

Awww that poor little thing, her rosey cheeks tell the whole story. I hope that she is feeling better and that it doesn't spread through the rest of your house.
My girls always got sick in September, with the begining of school. My youngest started a head cold on friday and now my throat is all scratchy. ERRRRR!!!
Your boys are super handsome. Happy Father's day.

alicia said...

Sorry to hear about superbugs. YUCKY!! You handled it like a pro and deserve a medal. Plus, so lucky to have such amazing friends. We are all about soccer this weekend.

Lyns said...

Aww poor Miss Fab....Hope she is feeling much better today. x

Natasha in Oz said...

That is indeed a beautiful song. I hope listening to it brought some calm into your crazy weekend. We had a similar weekend last weekend but there was no puking involved...it was nits! AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!

Best wishes and belated Father's day wishes to Mr G.

PS I am thinking of everyone in Christchurch too-what terribly sad news.

Tammy said...

I hope she is feeling better soon. You have some awesome friends taking the boys for you. It's nice to be able to count on friend. I am sending my kids off on the first day of school and then going to watch my BFF's 3 kids so she can go to a meeting. Hope the boys don't catch her icky bug...nor mom or dad! Stay healthy!

Lyn said...

Oh nooooo, what a weekend!!! Well at least Mr G got back in time to take over on Sunday! Isn't it great having friends who pick up the slack in times like that...you are very blessed :-)

PS Love the screen dump FB chat...very creative!

Cleverly Changing said...

Wow! What a weekend. Thank God for help. I hope you are able to get some rest this week. I am stopping by from the blog frog, and little late, but I had to visit your blog. http://CleverlyChanging.com

Dee said...

oh it SOSOSOSOOOO awful when the kiddos are sick huh. i had 2 lil guys with croup last weekend when dad was away. stress!!
give me a snotty nose anyday over a tummy bug!
yeah for friends :)
ps. i'm ya newest follower. whoop!

Angela said...

Those cupcakes look irresistable! Also sorry you've been in the midst of endless-nappy-dom since!

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