On Saturday, I shared with you how the Zombie Apocalypse is going to begin. Yesterday, the whole family spent the day in our pajamas resting with the hopes of Monday everyone being well again.
So much for that idea. Last night, Cameron started throwing up again and it has continued into today (although not nearly as bad as Saturday was).
I did get one decent nights sleep to keep the zombie-ness at bay. However, through my coffee fueled caffeine haze, I’ve noticed some other things that happen when kids are sick.
1. Of course, is Zombie-Mom.
This is important enough to mention it again. For the warning signs and what to do, check out Saturday’s post.
2. Hands-off Dad
For the record, this is not a complaint. Dad is to keep a safe distance from sick kids. He is the breadwinner and must go to work. He can not go to work if he is also throwing up. He also must be well for all the random trips to the store to get supplies for Zombie-Mom and sick kids. Because Mom is a zombie, this will require more than one trip. As soon as Dad gets home, Mom will remember one more thing we have to have.
3. There are never enough pillows, blankets, sheets.
Without fail, your sick child will throw up on every blanket you try to wrap around them. And their pillow. And your pillow. And the spare pillow.
Which leads to
4. You will run out of laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets and vinegar (which makes a great fabric softener).
Every time you turn around you will be starting another load of laundry. This is a never-ending process. You may also find that your washing machine may sound like there is a monster inside it trying to break out. It is almost impossible to make the washer level when you put pillows in it. This also leads to complaints about the noise said washer is making.
5. Pet fish may die.
Seriously, does anyone know if I fed the fish today? What about yesterday? And while we’re talking about it someone should probably clean their tank. And maybe feed them.
6. You will have a large supply of juice and crackers. They will be the wrong juice and crackers.
The goal is to get some food and liquids into the sick child. Our go-to’s are juice and crackers. Something that will hopefully settle the child’s stomach. Of course, the child doesn’t want those crackers. They are the wrong size/shape/flavor. The juice? Also wrong flavor/color. It doesn’t matter what crackers and juice you get. Just know they will be the wrong ones.
7. Well child will suddenly need 3000% more attention than on a normal day.
Most of this attention will be needed when the sick child is throwing up or you are trying to clean up the sick child. Expect the well child to stand right in your way, trying to hand you a book as you are running to find the bucket for the sick child.
And the worst part for us today is this:
The view from our front door
It’s snowing. And all my sick child really wants to do is play in the snow. Not today, dude. And probably not tomorrow.