Let’s Not Do This Again

If you're wondering where I've been for the last few days, I only have two words for you: Stomach Flu.

It hit Veronica over the weekend, prompting us to take her to the ER at midnight on Saturday because she could not stop throwing up. Trust me, the ER on a Saturday night in the city of Chicago is not somewhere anyone rushes off to, so believe me when I tell you that the kid was sick.

Having a sick kid is terrifying. You're never sure if you're making the right decisions, especially when they can't talk to you. So when your daughter is puking foam down the front of your shirt while her hot, little head droops on your shoulder, you're likely going to get a little firm with the ER receptionist, even if there are 3 dozen bleeding and puking people in the waiting room behind you.

By 3am she was on the road to recovery, thanks to the very nice ER staffers and we were home, all of us collapsing into bed. Poor little V took most of Monday and Tuesday to recover, but I think it was on Tuesday evening when Greg first reported feeling a little off.

"No, you're fine." I said. "We do NOT have the stomach flu."

"Right," Greg said, heading to the bathroom.

An hour later, he's a shade paler and lying in bed. "Let's not do this again," he says, referring to the time in the spring when we both got the stomach flu at the same time and almost died.

"Let's definitely not do this."

Cut to three hours later while I'm brushing my teeth to get ready for bed and suddenly find myself dry heaving over the toilet. I know, I know, not what you wanted to read right now. I'll spare you the rest of the details and just say that the following 8 hours were harrowing.

Greg and I spent yesterday recovering (and watching a lot of Dexter) and are proud to report that the Boose family is now fully mended. Just in time too, because one of my best and oldest friends is flying in tomorrow from West Virginia for the weekend and I couldn't be more excited to see her and show her around Chicago.

Also, a little note: In my flu-like state, I somehow managed to find it in me to keep up some work on the back end of this blog. If you look to the top you'll see several new categories of things like Cooking & Recipes, Grief Resources and Food Writing. Feel free to poke around and explore. The Recipe section should be particularly handy, as I organized them all into one concise list.

Hope everyone else has had a better week than us!



  • Helene
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Glad you all are better. Wait until she starts school. I kept telling my son I wished there was a car wash for kids before my grandson entered the house after a day at school. I catch everything. A few days into kindergarten this year already he has had a fever. Yes having a sick kid is not fun-the doctor’s office has me on probation for all the calls I have made to them 🙂

  • Posted September 23, 2010 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Im shuddering. Youre making me consider home school!

  • Posted September 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    So sorry to hear that you were both ill. That sounds brutal…and I cry just cleaning my baby’s cord stump…let alone watching your little angel get so sick to need the ER. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  • Posted September 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! Were all better now, feeling great!

  • Posted September 24, 2010 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    Glad to hear you’re all on the mend! A family-wide sickness is never fun.

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  • Posted September 25, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Noah had Roseola this week. Didn’t realize it until he broke out in the rash last night. And there’s that stomach flu thing going around his day care–so I hope he doesn’t get that on top of this. But if he does, your blog post prepared me.

  • Posted September 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Oof, poor Ben!

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