Oh my goodness, y’all. When I said I was going to take a bloggy vacation and spend time with the family, I didn’t think I would be away so long. I enjoyed the week during Christmas with family and we hardly had time to get the wrapping paper picked up before the kids came down with a stomach virus. It started with one and just snowballed from there. Kinsley was the hardest hit. She hasn’t been sick a day in life, not even an ear infection. I love to brag the merits of extended breast feeding for her super immune system but that all came to a screeching halt over Christmas break.
She woke up at 2 a.m. and vomited all over her daddy. While a comical story for her to share later on, at the time, it was alarming. For nearly 24 hours, my sweet baby vomited every 15-30 minutes. She couldn’t even keep down a teaspoon of water. Without going into details, her little belly starting vomiting itself. Each time, less belly juice, more blood as her stomach lining and throat tissues began to weaken and crack. This is heartbreaking for a mother to watch.
Being a mother of six, you would think I was used to caring for sick kids but she got so sick, so fast, so violently, it threw me for a loop. Not to mention, caring for a child that had no idea what illness was or why it was happening to her. I was on the phone with her doctor more times than I care to admit. She was on the cusp of hospitalization so many times, but each time would make the marker point set by the pediatrician.
Once the vomiting finally stopped, she slept for 14 hours. I went to wake her up because she hadn’t had water or food for almost two days. She has hard to wake up but I got her up and took her to the shower because at this point, she really was a mess. She let me clean her up and I carried her to my bed and lay her down, she didn’t move, didn’t talk – she has just a rag doll. Her face was sunken in, fingers shriveled – she has suffering from severe dehydration.
More calls to the doctor and we started pushing the Pedialyte like crazy. It was New Years Eve and the last place you want to be on this night is the emergency room. The doctor and I, again, agreed on a four hour marker for when to take her in and begin IV fluids. As we were getting ready to go to the hospital, she finally began to come around. The much needed hydration was kicking in and within hours, was banging pots and pans outside to ring in the new year.
We had a few rumbly tummy days after and I had to treat her little zombie eyes where she broke the blood vessels from vomiting so much, but a few days later, she was as good as new. I am so thankful she is back to normal and doing great!
Although I didn’t plan an extended vacation, I am back and ready to take on the new year! I am hoping this year will be the best ever for this little ole blog!