Let me tell you... Norovirus is not to be taken lightly. It is very serious and potentially life-threatening. It's extremely contagious, fast moving and violent. And on Wednesday, it attacked my middle boy. It attacked him fast and hard and he just returned from a two-night stay at Children's Hospital, Boston. Here's what happened.
Wednesday evening, Monkey mentioned that he wasn't too hungry, and didn't feel like finishing dinner. At the time, I thought this might be code for "I don't really like tonight's dinner," or that maybe he was tired from staying up late for a parcour class the night before. So I told him to go have shower and get ready for an early bedtime. By 8pm he was looking decidedly green, and said he REALLY didn't feel good. Vomiting soon commenced, along with severe stomach pains. He spent the next 90 minutes on the bathroom floor, alternating vomiting with curling up in pain from cramps. He couldn't get more than 15 minutes break between bouts. I'd never seen any of my kids so sick, and I was concerned. I called his pediatrician. By 10pm we were at the ER. They soon started him on an IV, as he was already showing some signs of dehydration. By 11pm they were giving him anti-nausea meds in the IV, too, as he threw up the meds they gave him orally. By Midnight, when the diarrhea started, they decided to admit him, as he was losing fluids faster than they could replace them. By around 4:00 am, they found a good combination of meds and things quieted down a bit. By 4:30 am, he was asleep, as best he could with constant checks of his vitals, as happens in hospitals. By this point, I had been awake for a full 24 hours, as I had gotten up at 4:30 for fitness bootcamp the previous morning, but I was wired from a combination of adrenaline
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Children's Hospital, Boston.
So here's the thing... Monkey is a very healthy, robust 12-year-old boy, with a strong immune system. Having seen just how sick this illness made him, in such a short span of time, I can only imagine how horrible it would be for a toddler or frail, elderly person. Norovirus is no joke. Seriously , it happened SO FAST. And, I very nearly did NOT take him into the ER that night, thinking that maybe I was overreacting, and that it was just a minor tummy bug which would soon run it's course. I am SO glad I listened to my gut and took him in... because who knows what would have happened if I didn't.
At this point, I've had a total of about 6 hours of sleep the last 3 days. I'm totally spent. It's time for me to get myself ready for bed. So happy to finally be at home with The Man and three healthy kids. Counting my Blessings tonight, for sure.
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