Wednesday, February 4, 2009

When it rains....

....it pours. Or so the saying goes.

Apparently there is a reason for this saying, as it does seem to be true.

It all started Friday when little one fell and broke his collar bone. Contrary to popular belief, they are not all that flexible at this age and they don't always bounce back. That being the case, I spent the better half of the afternoon in A&E with my three children, I was glad to finally get back home by mid-evening. After a less-than splendid Friday, I was very much looking forward to our dinner out with friends on Saturday. Our regular babysitter arrived and we explained the situation with the 2 year old. Not a problem as he is studying physical therapy and is thus aware of precautions to take.

We left our children in his capable hands and headed out. Only to return a bit later than expected and find all three children STILL AWAKE! Not the sitter's fault. In fact, I actually felt rather bad for him. Little one was awake due to his shoulder and, I also suspect, due to having found a strange person in his house (as he's usually asleep when the sitter arrives). Our oldest was awake with a headache. And middle child was awake out of sibling solidarity.

It didn't take long for the oldest's headache to turn into a bellyache which was promptly diagnosed by my only-slightly-hypochondriac husband as the only thing it could possibly be: appendicitis. I tried in vain to reason with him that it was most likely just a virus, but he was insistent. Until I suggested he bring her to A&E at 2am and sit there with her as I flatly refused. I had done my tour of duty for the weekend as was staying snug at home this time. This helped him see the light and we tried to get some sleep after tucking everyone in and soothing those who needed soothing.

And then the vomiting began. All night. Completed by cries from our youngest being awakened stuck in a position he could no longer get himself out of due to his shoulder harness. It was a long, long night.

Things were quiet for a bit on Sunday morning as we all walked around in more of a zombie state than anything else. No sleep will do that to a family, you know. By early afternoon I was starting to feel a bit more at ease and let down my guard. A bit too hastily, I was soon to find out.

Middle child suddenly developed stomach pains. And then the vomiting began. Again.

I have to admit that Monday and Tuesday were pretty quiet days in hindsight. Nothing out of the ordinary really. And that's what makes you complacent. As a mother, you must always be on your guard. You must never become complacent for it's at those very moments when life strikes. It had happened in the days prior and it wasn't about to let up.

Today, life stuck again. Little one has the chicken pox.

So it's pouring at our house. Good thing I've got a good pair of Wellies.

23 comments:

Kala said...

poor you!! ((hug))

l'actrice said...

Chichi may the rain stop pouring! Too much is too much! Give you a warm hug, Iris

Andreanna said...

Oh my I wouldn't be able to keep it together with all that. You are a far better woman than me.

Swirlyarts said...

Oh no - poor you. Big hugs from across the channel :)

ArtMind said...

Oh no, poor you! Hope you'll be able to get some rest yourself soon!
I love the drawing in this blogpost though even though I understand that you rather see the sunshine now...
Hang in there!

glasfaden said...

Oh no, chicken pox :( Hope you all get well soon. *big hugs*

ingermaaike said...

Oh dear oh dear what a deluge!

Whimsical Creations said...

oh no!! {hugs}

myaphrodite said...

Oh my heavens, i think I'd be lying in a darkened room somewhere. You are truly superwoman!

Kreativlink said...

Big hippo hug for you! I keep my fingers crossed, soon they'll all healthy and jumping around like crazy again :)

Dina Fragola said...

As long as it is only that kind of "unfun" pouring...it could be so much worse, believe me. Big hug from me too.

Bon said...

dude. that's not even funny.

though i guess it's good it wasn't appendicitis? maybe that'll hold off til next week?

love to you.

SoBella Creations said...

Oh no the month of February has not started out that great for you.

I don't know about your kids but when my two are sick only Mommy can make it better.

Sending you cyber hugs.

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

oh my goodness - poor you, what a terrible few days.

re:chickenpox - i would recommend oatmeal baths it really helps with the itching and basic emollient cream with calomine was great too.

hope things improve for you now x

karuski said...

Oh, how sad. I hope things get back to normal soon. Hugs!

-minna

Star of the East said...

Big hugs, hope you'll survive the rain!!

Giffysk8s said...

Yup, it sure does! Hope you stay well!

antigoni said...

ohh my dear!!! it seems that you have the strenght to deal with this kind of situations!!!
send you my best wishes!!!

Cupcake said...

I can totally relate to this. One day in the not to distant past daugher #2 woke-up puking, in the afternoon my son fell and dislocated his elbow and the day ended with #1 daughter throwing-up. A great time was had by all (LOL)! Great hugs of empathy coming your way!

OliveStreetStudio said...

Oh my goodness! There is also a saying that things happen in 3s...so broken bone, vomiting, and chicken pox qualify. Should be home-free for awhile! :-)

kraplap said...

oh my chichi; wish you lots of strength !

Duni said...

Oh my! I'm so sorry this is happening to you and your family. I hope the sun will come shining through the clouds soon...

hugs,

Duni

H.E.Eigler said...

Goodness! Hang in there Mama! Here's hoping things settle down for a spell (((hugs)))