Norovirus…And a Cold?

Norovirus and a Cold CradleRockingMama

Well.

What. A. Week.

I wrote the last post Sunday night before bed, scheduled it to post bright and early the next morning, and went to sleep.

Unlike Saturday night, Sunday night Zac would not/could not sleep without me laying right next to him.

Preferably with a boobie in his mouth.

At 2:50 a.m., Jed woke up next to us in bed and began vomiting.

He vomited again 20 minutes later.

Then again an hour after that.

With all that fun sick kiddo stuff going on, I just didn’t have the time to go in and edit the post (where I asked for your prayers) to reflect the fact that it did  already appear that we had actually gotten hit with a stomach bug.

I spent the day taking care of kiddos, of course, but was steadily typing an update post into my phone every chance I got when…

The stomach bug got ME.

Monday night I started vomiting. Unlike the boys, my norovirus experience wasn’t limited to vomiting. I suffered from diarrhea, stomach cramps, chills, and body aches as well.

Fun stuff, lemme tell ya. 

Seriously, the only people in the world I would wish this on are Hitler, Mengele , Pol Pot, Stalin, and maybe a few living politicians I won’t name because I’m sure I’d offend someone.

It was quite terrible. One of the worst sicknesses I’ve ever endured in my life.

As of Wednesday night, I stopped having the chills. By Thursday night, I still had the other highly unpleasant symptoms, but I also hadn’t eaten anything since Monday morning. (Well, nothing that hadn’t made me immediately clench in pain.)

I could no longer figure out if I was sick or just starving.

Mashed potatos finally did the trick; I only ate about 1/3 c. of some mashed potatos before my stomach started rebelling, but it didn’t make me sick. Just more of my stomach saying “Whoa! You expect me to work, lady?”

So that was a huge improvement.

Darrel had been holding down the fort, for the most part single-handedly, but he also struggled with stomach cramps and body aches and finally, on Wednesday night, he succumbed, too.

Fortunately, though we both still feel like death warmed over, we’re slowly on the upswing. (Not in time to save my paycheck for September, but that’s another issue entirely!) I still feel weak, get dizzy frequently, and have a strange sensation in my tummy sometimes, and my body is still terribly sore from the severe clenching it did during the chills, but I’m getting better every day.

Hopefully I’ll be well enough to go to work this week. I’d hate to go to work in a weakened condition and wind up sick with something else!

Not that I needed it, but I managed to lose almost 7 more pounds this week. Percentage-wise, that’s about the same that Zac lost from his tummy bug, right?

So, on the plus side, it appears we were hit with the norovirus.

On the negative, we were hit with the norovirus.

But I still don’t know if we’re out of the woods for FPIES or not. 

A couple of Zac’s diapers from Monday and Tuesday tested positive for blood, so I don’t know what to think about that. Inflammation from the stomach bug? Residual leftovers from a combined FPIES/stomach bug reaction?

And since the boys have gotten better (because really, you’d hardly even know they had been sick from the way they bounced back – unlike their parents), Zac had a disturbing moment where he ate a nice, big bowl of banana ice cream, and an hour later got hiccups.

About half an hour after that, he almost vomited.

I could hear the vomit coming up his esophagus; his eyes got big and wide, and he started swallowing rapidly. So he didn’t vomit.

But his body was trying to. 

An hour or so after that, he cried and cried, and finally answered ‘yes’ when I asked him if his tummy had an owie. His little stomach was rock hard.

And no, we haven’t re-started oats yet.

One common lament I’ve read over the last two+ years on the boards from other FPIES Mama’s is “Can a child LOSE safe foods after a stomach bug?!”

The answer is always a resounding – and sad – YES. 

So we may have lost one or more of our safe foods thanks to this horrendous virus.

Please, God, if we have lost a safe food, please make it NOT be bananas! 

Zac loves  his bananas.

And I love the ability to hide other foods in his bananas for trials.

His poops haven’t again tested positive for blood since Tuesday, but none of them have looked very good. Soft and mushy and full of mucous…it’s clear his tummy is not back to 100%, no matter how good his behavior.

Before we can do anything else, we have to get back to baseline. 

So for now, we’ve dropped his diet down. He now eats quinoa, goat milk, eggs, chicken and sea salt. We’re still trying to feed him cauliflower and cucumber, but he has so far refused any foods I’ve hidden those two things in.

The rest of his safe foods will require a re-trial before moving on.

So we won’t get around to re-trialing oats until…somewhere around November.

bad words bad words very very bad words

In case I haven’t mentioned it, I really, REALLY hate stomach bugs.

Oh, and to make things even more fun?

The boys bounced back almost instantly from their respective vomiting episodes…but each came down with sneezing, runny noses, and coughs within a day of getting better.

My Mom heard that and warned me about an uncommon respiratory virus she’d heard about on the news that has hospitalized one baby in our area. It’s EV-D68, and guess what?

It has symptoms almost exactly like a cold, or the lingering remains of a stomach bug. Body aches, sneezing, cough, runny nose, and possible fever.

Those are the mild symptoms, though; the severe cases go into respiratory distress, almost like an asthma attack.

So we’ve been watching the boys for any signs of labored breathing all week.

You know, in between vomiting, racing to the toilet, and shivering in bed.

Seriously. I would only wish this crap on the likes of Hitler. For reals.

On the plus side, I learned some more tips on how to make life bearable when your whole family is sick, and I’ll be sharing those with you tomorrow! (Gotta be a bright side, right?)

So…how was your week? Have your kids ever lost foods after a stomach bug? How did it happen? Did you have to stop trialing for a while or actually re-trial all your safe foods?

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14 Responses to Norovirus…And a Cold?

  1. Lora says:

    The exact same thing happened to us! Five out of six of us were hit with that terrible stomach virus. Then, my 3.5 year old twins were hit with the snotty crud the instant the quit vomiting. TERRIBLE!!!!

    However, as soon as the kids started getting sick, I began implementing your tips for when everyone is sick. I can’t tell you the difference it made! I can’t wait to hear more of your tips tomorrow.

    I do have one tip to add (which I guess you might be sharing tomorrow already).
    At the first sign of gagging from anyone not old enough to reliably hit the toilet with the yucks (as my 5 year old calls it) cover every surface you possibly can with towels or sheets or whatever will save you scrubbing when you’re sick too. Also, do a quick scan of the room you’ll be hanging out in for things you absolutely do not want to be vomited on. Favorite books, important papers, things that would be impossible to clean. Put them away. You’ll thank yourself later.

    • Carrie says:

      Oh, Lora! I’m so sorry you had to go through this, too. It’s awful, isn’t it? But I’m glad we aren’t the only ones; makes me feel less like I’m being punked. 😉

      Thanks for the tips, too! I had already thought of the covering surfaces with towels, but getting rid of important or impossible to clean things was a good reminder. You’re in the post tomorrow, now! Thank you!! And it makes my day to know that the tips I shared helped make things better for you. 🙂

      Glad you and yours are feeling better now.

  2. RPCVmama27 says:

    I’m so sorry. yes, we lost turkey this way. She got so sick in the springtime, and a few weeks after she was better, she had turkey again for the first time (she basically didn’t eat for a week, and then spent the second week refusing most foods after she got sick, so the turkey took a break of over 3 weeks before it was reintroduced and was a big fat fail). It can and does happen, we’re proof of it. I’m so dang tired of every illness on the planet making food trials have to be repeated. Yes, we proceed with a mini trial for all foods after sickness. She had HFM last month (thanks to my nephew) and we did a 4 day trial with each reintroduction. Good luck and hang in there!

    • Carrie says:

      Thanks, and so sorry for your turkey fail.

      Honestly, I feel sick and depressed at the thought of losing safe foods. We spent so long in a holding pattern, getting nowhere with food trials, so the sudden food passes this year were making me elated and giddy. To not only lose momentum, but to go backwards, is downright…evil.

      Sorry you’ve been there, too. Hugs!!

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  5. julie says:

    I will say that after a stomach bug ALL dairy is off our list for, at least, a week after symptoms subside. I would say that he may have a bit of lactose intolerance after the stomach bug (very common) and maybe skip any milk products?

    • Carrie says:

      Good thought. He has been refusing to drink goat milk since we got better. I’ve been adding it to baked things, but maybe I’ll hold off on that for a bit. Fortunately his diapers are already starting to look better, thank God!

      Appreciate the tip! 🙂

  6. You poor thing. I had the norovirus once a few years ago, and I still shudder thinking about that experience. It was also the sickest I’ve EVER been. And, Kyle got a stomach but the week we trialed dairy with him. Worst timing ever. Hope you all get happy stomachs again soon!

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