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A few days ago, [livejournal.com profile] lemon_says wondered why her kids went to the ER more than her friends' kids. It all balances out in a karmic scale. My kids barf when they get colds. Curse you, post-nasal drip!

Other kids just get the sniffly noses, red faces, etc..Not here!

I'm an expert at field-stripping a Britax in less than a minute. My kids know to stand in the entry of the house and take everything off while Mommy breathes shallowly. I have a bigger-than-average collection of rag bag towels just in case.

The last 10 days haven't been pretty, and Katie is only 2 days into this cold. (Amelia's on antibiotics for a double ear infection right now and the cold might be leaving someday...) I took her into the doctor today because she was starting to sound croupy and she was running a temperature. When the doctor looks at you and says, "Buckle in for a bad week," it makes Mama want to drink.

Date: 2010-02-01 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
Yeah, that's true. You did get some hardcore barfers. We've been really lucky on that scale (*knock wood*).

I'm so sorry.
Edited Date: 2010-02-01 04:04 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-02-01 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
What you spend in copays, I spend in detergents.

Today, Katie asked me to drape a towel over her as we were driving back from the doctor's office. I thought she was cold. Next thing I knew...

I thanked her profusely for being so thoughtful in recognizing she was going to be sick. I only had to wash her jacket, shirt, and the straps of the seat.

It's the little victories.

Date: 2010-02-01 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
That's awesome of her to have thought of that, though! Props to Katie!

Date: 2010-02-01 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loucheroo.livejournal.com
Ugh! I understand about the puking thing. Livvie gets a fever, she pukes. Not only does she puke up any food or drink you give her, she also pukes up the medicine you give her make the fever go down so she WON'T puke. We may have to buy stock in the company that makes acetaminaphin suppositories :-P So I totally understand.*hug*

Sorry your girls are both ill this week. Hope all feel better soon...

Date: 2010-02-01 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Yesterday morning, Katie puked up her meds and her food from the night before. It was not pretty. :( I was woken up from a dead sleep by the sound of Husband in Peril. "HOOOOOOON! NEED YOU!"

I'm sorry you have a kiddo with a tremulous tummy. No fun. :(

Date: 2010-02-02 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loucheroo.livejournal.com
oh no! i'm sorry. *sigh*

Poor little girl :-( And poor poor mommy and daddy!

Date: 2010-02-01 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bouncepogo.livejournal.com
Oh honey I am so sorry...I feel for you. Julia has always been a barfer too, big time. Ray of hope: she seems to be gradually growing out of it, hopefully you will find the same. One trick we've learned (from a friend of mine dealing with too much alcohol, actually) is to keep plastic grocery bags (no holes! This is important!!) in the car. They make great barf bags in a pinch for a kid, and you can tie off and toss!

Date: 2010-02-01 12:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
I'm sorry about Julia. (It's comforting to know it's not just my kid, though.) They are better than they used to be when they were teeny tiny, and I appreciate that they are learning "aim". :)

Plastic grocery bags are great for many purposes. I almost always have them in the car. I learned that lesson from having daily "morning" sickness (by the way, not always in the morning!) and having a toddler.

Date: 2010-02-01 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrs--smith.livejournal.com
Oh good god, Heather. I wish you the best of luck... and a bottle of Xanax!

Date: 2010-02-01 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
It's not all the time, thank goodness. It's just not pleasant. I'm sure they are sick of me chasing them around going "Blow your nose! This side, now this side! NOW BLOOOOOOW!" They do not appreciate how invested I am in them not just "sucking it in."

Just yick.

Date: 2010-02-01 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottopic.livejournal.com
Good on you being resourceful and the thoughtful kids thing.
There may be a market in modified cloth feed bags?

Sorry, vomit humor :(

Hope they mend soon!

Date: 2010-02-01 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gardenwaltz.livejournal.com
I seem to remember that they actually sell airplane sick bags somewhere.

So sorry Heather. I will not speak of Sylvia's illness peculiarities for fear of the gods striking me down.

Date: 2010-02-01 12:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Every kid is different, charming, and peculiar in his or her own peculiar way. I still get plastic bags at the grocery store to keep them in the car for just that reason. :(

Date: 2010-02-01 12:23 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-02-01 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corporatebabe.livejournal.com
Oh man, I hear you. My older daughter, Lily, was a champion projectile-vomiter in her babyhood and had strings of horrendous double-ear-infections with bronchiolitis. (You know those snowy days when you've got the sick kid in the car, dragging-ass to pediatrician and then to the one pharmacy in the tri-county area that rents nebulizers to fill prescriptions? With the sick kid throwing a tantrum inside the pharmacy? Yes, I was THAT MOM.)

FYI, regular antibiotics, ie amoxicillin, never worked on Lily's ear infections. It had to be Omnicef or that infection wasn't budging. My younger daughter responds to amoxicillin though. I don't get it.

Date: 2010-02-01 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
And you just want to weep? Feel you. Subtract the snow, add in 38 degree rain.

Amelia had chronic ear infections as a toddler. She had to do Omnicef or the one that was a shot. Katie has only had one or two ear infections. So thankful.

Date: 2010-02-01 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] troubleagain.livejournal.com
Oh, man, sorry 'bout that. Poor heathrow family!

Date: 2010-02-01 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
I swear, I'm going to institute Lysol dips soon.

Date: 2010-02-01 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shlafe.livejournal.com
*knocking wood*

Date: 2010-02-04 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2010-02-01 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knobody.livejournal.com
major sympathies.

s was good at motion sickness and has a long commute to school, so our car got it on a regular basis (and the school bus once or twice, yay). he's much better now. at home i make mine sleep on the couch covered in big beach towels when they are pukey. pull off the top layer and all set. if they won't blow, have you considered spiking their juice with wasabi powder?

i hope they are feeling better soon so mama can sleep through the night.

Date: 2010-02-04 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
It's the lingering cough that gets me. Amelia is past the puking now on this bug *knocks on everything*, but Katie came close last night.

I'm a little done right now.

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