Who gave what to whom? Tracing sickness through a family

At a birthday party on Monday my 3-year-old threw up. It had been a jumpy party and then they ate – so was it the combination of jumping and food or did she have some sort of stomach bug?

She came home from the party and I told her she couldn’t eat for a while and we’d see how she was. She wanted to play and she wanted the cupcake sent home from the party. I eventually gave in on the cupcake figuring at least I would see if it was the jumping or if she had a bug. She didn’t throw up again and went merrily on with her day. I concluded it was the combo of jumping and eating.

Flash forward to Wednesday night. We go through a full day of working, volunteering at the school, playing at the park, and then taking the kids to church. We get back from church, make dinner and I am nauseous. By 10:30 I am throwing up like crazy. Michael sleeps with the kids.

Thursday nauseous all day but didn’t throw up again. Michael gets the kids ready for school and then heads to work. I lay in bed while Lilina plays around me until we have to get the big kids from school. The bad news was I had a long-set eye doctor appointment for both Rose and Walsh. My friend offered to take Lilina so I wouldn’t have to take three kids to the appointment. I kept asking her if she was sure – Lilina was fine but since I had been throwing up I didn’t know which way it was going to spread. (Did I get it from L or could I spread it to L?) My friend said I’m not afraid bring her over. (Crazy or so nice???)

We get through the appointment OK – Rose is slightly far-sighted but doesn’t need correction at this point. Walsh takes after his mother and is blind as a bat and needs glasses. (Although he passed the pediatrician’s eye test in July – this my friends is an entire other topic!! Also thanks to the Costco discussion a few weeks ago, guess where I’m taking him to get glasses on Saturday – hmmm!)

Flash forward to Friday, Michael let me sleep in since I still didn’t feel good and he got the kids off to school. I get a call from the school, Walsh fell asleep in class and looks sick, can I come and get him? Hmmm. So now I have Walsh home from school waiting to see if he throws up. (Please stay off the carpet until we know!)

(Update: An hour after coming home from school the diarrhea started. So I guess he really was sick. Thank God he didn’t poop his pants at school. You could never recover from that!)

Do you wonder and track how illness moves through your family and through your friends? (I hope my friends’ kids don’t come down with anything!) Was Lilina really sick earlier this week or just the jumping? Is my whole family going to come down with it or can we stop it at this point?

(I am posting two topics at once to make up for the lost day — sorry about that! The second topic: Would you give your spouse a “Hall Pass,” like the new movie?

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February 25th, 2011
3:09 pm

Forget it. It’s a stomach bug, and once it’s in a house there’s only one way to get it out. Through the toilet!

God Bless the whole TWG clan.


February 25th, 2011
3:09 pm

Same exact thing going on here!!!!! Kids were both insanely sick Wed and part of Thu. I woke up this morning feeling like death warmed over.

Can’t type no more….


February 25th, 2011
3:12 pm

i went to atlanta last weekend to visit family..came home and the next day have the flu (even tho i had the flu shot) im hoping no one in my family got sick…im sure i was ‘infected’ before i went down…but there are tons of people up here where i live sick as heck-who knows who gives what to whom and who will get it next? at work someone is always sick…
some stomach viruses are very fast moving especially in kids-my son would get one…throw up and be fine…i think the older we get the longer we feel bad. so liliana probably had a little stomach bug-which the rest of yall got. at least it didnt last too very long. this flu ive had has been all week…i felt this morning like i might live-feeling worse as the day goes on tho. i do feel that im over the hump…(i hope!!)

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 25th, 2011
3:41 pm

I just spent an hour disinfecting everywhere walsh walked when he came in the door and anywhere poop went. — oh my goodness — michael doens’t even want to come home from work.

I’m not sure it’s the flu because I am almost over mine — I am much better today than yesterday — I think a stomach bug — we’ll see how long walsh lasts — he’s watching Cartoon Network in my bed so pretty darn happy now — trying to contain it to my bedroom and bathroom

hope everyone else feels better too.

Old Sandra but with a new carpet

February 25th, 2011
3:46 pm

I don’t know where the illnesses our family comes from but I think that it is more than likely from the kids because I am usually the only one that gets ill. They like to share. :-)

BTW, hand sanitising gel and a box of tissues helps stop/reduce the spread of illnesses in our family


February 25th, 2011
3:49 pm

It was probably a touch of the bug instead of the jumpy place. Two of the sickest times I’ve ever had, I got from my fantastic first-born. Luckily (and I’m being completely sincere here) he threw up once (on me of course) as an infant and again when he was almost 2. He actually did throw up one more time in his bed as an infant with that bug, but that was it -he was fine afterward. However I was begging my husband to call an ambulance by the end of the next day because it just wouldn’t stop and I could not stand upright or stand the thought of getting down the stairs and into a car for a doctor trip, but the thought of being strapped to a stretcher with qualified medical personnel sounded fabulous! We were actually both concerned about severe dehydration. The next time was just about as horrible. Total and complete loss of all marriage modesty and completely humiliated -so sick I once again thought I would die. But -at least my son only threw up once each time and was nowhere near that sick -and that truly is a good thing! My husband didn’t get it either. He seems completely impervious to stomach bugs.

This past December he DID bring strep and a nasty cold to all of us though -and my oldest son and I gave it back to each other.

Hope everyone in your house is on the mend TWG!


February 25th, 2011
4:14 pm

It’s utterly amazing to me that my kid, my flesh and blood, only throws up once, in the middle of the night, in his bed, so I have to wake up clean it up and get him cleaned up and back to bed only for him to wake up in the morning nice and chipper and ready to go, and the next day, I’m waiting for the bus to hit me again. How is that fair?


February 25th, 2011
4:19 pm

I don’t track it.

However, with Cobb out, I went to take mine to “camp” and one got sick in the car…6 times since then. Poor kid. She has been sipping water all day.


February 26th, 2011
4:13 pm

Started here as a stomach bug and a week later came back full force as an upper respiratory bug. Same thing mutated or something new, who knows I just hope it goes away soon!


February 26th, 2011
6:40 pm

Thanks for the power of suggestion, TWG! Totally wiped out last night with a stomach bug and just now, on Saturday evening able to sit up, walk around and focus again. I still feel like crap. Wasted weekends and beautiful Saturdays make me mean -grrrrrrrrr!

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February 26th, 2011
8:52 pm

I am sure your son will one day appreciate all of Atlanta hearing about the time he had the trots.


February 27th, 2011
2:11 pm

These stories sound just like what’s happening at our house. The bug hit everyone differently. Son had 101 fever/malaise on Wed. PseudoD on Thurs. Felt fine on Fri. Threw up massively in his bed Fri night. Dad had D on Thurs and by Sat barely got outa bed. I laid around with D/malaise yesterday. Today we’re better but not 100%. Ugh! We usually aren’t all sick at the same time like this.


February 27th, 2011
5:51 pm

Stomach bugs are hateful, evil creatures. Wishing you and yours a speedy recovery!

Interestingly, just had my 8yo daughter for an eye exam on Saturday and found out she has HORRIBLE vision. How nice of me to never have noticed. It was time to update my Rx as well, so we ordered our glasses from zenni optical. I’ve ordered several times from them and have never had an issue. We bought 2 pairs for me, as well as a pair of Rx sunglasses and 2 pairs for my daughter…including shipping, it was less than $100. The frame selections for kids and adults are great!

the easter bunny

February 27th, 2011
7:39 pm

I really could not get the jist of what you were saying. If there is illness get a medical opinion, if it is a jumpy day then forget it. I see momma as overwhelmed with responsibility. Some people ajust and some do not, and then there are a few that should be something other than a parent, like my momma, she preferred teaching school and old dad wanted to be any place but home. Soooooo, you are just not cut out for parenting.adios


February 27th, 2011
10:12 pm

I’m sorry your family is sick. Not sure it really matters “who gave what to whom” — I mean, is there a “blame game” going on, here? “You gave me a virus!” You want an apology? *shrug* I’m sure the CDC could probably trace it for you, but I think I’d rather sit back with a decent glass of wine wrapped up in a cozy blanket and read a book and snooze than study contagion charts. :-) I think I’d just assume everyone was going to get sick, and be pleasantly surprised when they weren’t. This stomach bug is nasty, but thankfully short-lived (I had it a month ago.)

Health matters

February 28th, 2011
1:12 pm

Yes, blame someone else for your weakened immune system. And who did they get it from? And who gave it to them? And so on and so on. At the end, you find the bacteria or virus who’s job it is to find a host, reproduce, and spread to another host. They are around all the time. We are exposed all the time.

So what is the difference? Well certainly one thing that is getting more, but still not enough attention, is Vitamin D. Vitamin D for most people comes from sun exposure and the creation of the compound internally. With the unwarranted panic over sunburn, skin cancer, etc. the entire world lathered themselves with sunscreen and successfully shut down the body’s Vitamin D factory. Additionally, winter time is a natural time for significantly decreased production. If you live north of about NYC, even it you are white, your production of vit. D is almost nothing during winter. If you are black (the darker, the worse the problem), your production is virtually zero even here in Atlanta. Vitamin D is one of the most important molecules in our immune systems and for the winter months we make almost none. The pathetic amount that gets added to milk is basically worthless. And yet we wonder why we always get sick more during winter. Of course exercise, fresh air, and the like are all helpful, but with the outdoor activity comes the sunshine and D.

Take some D supplements – they say about 500units for every 50 pounds of body weight (keep in mind a white person in the sun during summer can produce as much as 100,000 units in about 20 minutes) and stop blaming everyone else in the household. I take plenty of supplements, around 10,000 units a day to be on the safe side, eat right, get exposed to plenty of folks at work, most of whom have sick kids all the time, and rarely if ever come down with a cold or the flu.

The medical community doesn’t wan’t us being healthy. They want us sick and buying their band aid medicines to stop the symptoms while doing nothing to keep the bugs from getting a foothold and making us sick.

stay home

February 28th, 2011
1:30 pm

It’s my boss. She is still coughing almost two months since having the flu. Finally went to the Doctor two weeks ago – for something else. Total denial. She has tons of sick leave and insurance; I don’t. very annoying.

stay home

February 28th, 2011
1:51 pm

funny, my friend just posted this on facebook:
Man Who S— Pants In Grade School Awarded Purple Heart


February 28th, 2011
2:02 pm

Toddler was sick starting Friday through the weekend. Now Mommy doesn’t feel so good. I have long accepted that when my kids are sick, it is just a matter of time for me. I hope your household heals quickly.


February 28th, 2011
2:33 pm

Kids are walking cesspools when it comes to germs. ugh!!!


February 28th, 2011
3:10 pm

It was definitely the bug for your daughter and that’s where it started. People can get viruses in varying degrees. Just happened at our house too! All you can do is try to separate the sick person from the rest of the family until they are feeling better. AND lots of hand washing. But in the end, I think we just do our best to stay healthy! :)


February 28th, 2011
4:27 pm

As a nurse and as a mom of ten tracking is a smart thing to do. You gain info that can help you avoid, shorten, lessen severity next time. Handwashing # 1 way to fight illness and disease. Every parent should teach proper handwashingi and see that it is done several times a day: washing in warm water with soap for 15 seconds and then rinse. Hand sanitizer does not replace handwashing but there are times/places when it is better than nothing. When all my kids were home, I used paper towels in the bathroom, no cloth towels. When stuff was going around I broke out the paper cups and paper plates. We did not try to reuse them by putting names on them. They went in the trash after one use. Also sprayed all knobs and handles with disinfectantl once a week and more if school had something going around or kids came home sick. Everyone taking daily vitamins, drinking a lot of water and getting plenty of sleep all help to keep illness at bay. I would check in with school nurse from time to time to ask if there was any thing going around. It helped me step up the precautions I taught the kids for school. It would also help if folks would stay home when they are sick/feverish etc. and keep their sick kids home as well, but we know that will never happen so it is up to parents to be pro-active. I also give each of mine a small container of sanitizer and taught them to use it after changing classes, going to lockers, before/after eating, going to restroom, touching other people’s stuff. Everyone hopefully by now has learned to sneeze/cough into elbow not hands, and to keep paper towel to open bathroom door after washing hands as you leave any bathroom, and if you have to use a handrail any where, use sanitizer or wash asap after using it, and after handling money as well.


March 3rd, 2011
1:36 pm