Saturday, April 02, 2016
This Is What Sick Looks Like
The mom had called to find out what to do. I told her to keep her near a bathroom and give her water so she doesn't get dehydrated. Little did I know that G would gulp it while laying still. When I got there to get her, the movement of her walking to the car made the water in her tummy swish so she didn't make it to the car before throwing up again and again in the car. I came prepared with washcloths and bags and bottled water. I told her to sip the water not gulp. She hasn't thrown up again.
The stomach bug has taken a BIG hit at her school so it really was only a matter of time. I initially called my mom to see if she would ride up to get G but then while on the phone with her changed my mind. I only wanted to get her home and not make a random stop. Problem with my call was that i totally got mom worked up (this she can remember). I wasn't able to call them back until noon. We got home around 11 so my mom was not only beside herself with worry it added stress to my dad and mom stopped recognizing my dad again. Way to go, me!!
I failed to get any pedialite or gatorade or saltine crackers but I did manage to make a pot of (my version) congee. She was able to get a small bowl down and so far it has stayed down. Her fever though jumped to 102.4. I gave her some ibuprofen and two cold washcloths. And just so you know, I have a sympathetic gag reflex which doesn't take much. Also, G kept discussing the color of her stomach contents which did not include food. I had to beg her to stop talking about it while I drove home.
China adoptive moms may know about congee, G was fed congee in China and I made sure to keep feeding it to her while in China. Basically it is well boiled rice in a broth with other nourishing items in it. Mine had rice, chicken broth and a wee bit of ginger to help settle the stomach. She said mine tasted of nothing really and she is right, I made sure it was rather bland. We will add flavor as she gets better. I was dying to put some scallions in it but I will wait on that. Best purchase I ever made was a rice cooker. Tiger brand is the name. I buy the Botan rice because it is the white sticky rice we like. I have bought the brown rice by Botan as well but don't do so often.
When we got home she was able to shower and brush her teeth so that helped too. I told her to get out of the car very slowly so as to not slosh around what little water she did drink in the car. My biggest fear is dehydration. G is not good about drinking anyway.
And tomorrow is confirmation which she will now miss. If she does it now it will be alone as a make up day. I notified the pastor via phone message asking that he text me back to tell me he got the message. I have yet to hear from him. I got someone to take my Sunday School class and let G's mentor know that she can't make it. I also let my boss know that I probably will not be at work on Monday. Unless her fever miraculously breaks by 7am tomorrow she won't be able to go to school on Monday. I also want her good and well not half way well. She needs to be able to eat something solid not bland soupish stuff.
Anyway, I had a great time last night indulging myself in my guilty pleasure of a movie that G can't watch with me. Probably wouldn't even if she could. The name of it is Mortdecai starring Jonny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow. So totally funny but rated R, there is the warning. Amazon Prime has it for free which is one reason I found it. Then I discovered it is based on a book from the 70s which I purchased the first one on kindle. Truly laugh out loud, sort of pink panther type mystery spy thriller all at once.
My mother has to come see G so dad just texted to see if there was anything they could get me. I gave them three things if they were coming into town. I think my mom needs to see her for herself. I want all of my mom back. This particular moment it would be nice to have my mom to discuss how to do this parenting a sick child thing. Yes, I know how but now it the moment I really feel the gradual loss of my mom. I do regret telling her though because this has upset her and my dad. I have to learn that there are things that I can not tell her anymore because her mind doesn't work right.
So pray for us particularly that this goes away and I DO NOT GET IT TOO!! I can't be ill with a throw up sickness. Oh how I hate to throw up.