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Suddenly Sickness

Woke up this morning about 3:45 AM and felt distinctly unwell. I stumbled into the bathroom and puked my guts out. Then I puked again. My first thought was to wonder: Did I have too much to drink? But no — it didn’t feel like that. Then around 5:00 AM Xy barfed as well. Both of us were sick as dogs, and the day proceeded to unspool itself in a haze of fatigue and anguish. This was my nightmare scenario — both of us sick, trying to take care of an energetic toddler. Actually, I suppose the true nightmare would be if the girl was sick too, but that wasn’t the case. In fact we think we may have gotten whatever bug she had a few days ago. That gave us some indication that it wouldn’t be a long-lasting illness, and indeed we started slowly feeling better as the day went on, and by nightfall we’re almost back to normal. We spent much of the day napping in shifts and spelling each other from parental responsibilities. It sucked, but at least we’re feeling better now.

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  1. David David

    It seems to me that if both of you are home sick that’s a great time to take P to daycare and get a little break. But what do I know.

  2. Yes, sounds that way, except we didn’t eat any of the same stuff, and my friend who did eat some meals with me did not get sick. Thus my theory.

  3. Jessica Jessica

    Yes, it happens like that sometimes. My husband and I have eaten the exact same dish and four hours later, he is throwing up all night and I am perfectly well. I attributed it to food poisoning. I just thought my body was able to overcome the bacteria and his wasn’t. But I could be wrong about that theory.

  4. Ian Cognito Ian Cognito

    I hope you’re both firing on all cylinders again.

    I’ve been going through the Nightcaps, and they’re really excellent. Something about it being over the phone makes it relaxing, like some sort of meditation.

  5. Eric Paul Eric Paul

    Last weekend my wife brought home a piece of smoked fish she had acquired at an Asian supermarket. When I opened it I thought it smelled kinda fishy (sorry, sorry, couldn’t resist). So I took a few bites and it was near pure brine…horrrible. The few bites I had before tossing it were enoughto give me the runs for two days. Worse part of the tale be this – two times I meant to go to Mikimotos for sushi, while walking to my bike eachtime a wave of nausea overtook me…I hope and pray this state isn’t permanent! Yi.

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