This week, I’ve been complaining a lot. I’ve been a little absent and I’ve eaten a total of a box of popsicles, gallons of mint tea and a half a bowl of soup – Yup, it’s that time of year. It’s the time of the year when the stomach bugs are going around and they’ve come here in full force. Whatever you want to call it; Norovirus, Gastroenteritis, the flu (it’s technically not the flu) – it’s awful.
Since I’m on the mend (and almost to the point of being hungry again) I wanted to share some of my tips to survive in between doing 79 loads of laundry and lysol-ing my children so they I don’t get vomited on:
Don’t Get Sick at the Same Time
If you get sick at the same time, you’re completely done for. This week, it struck me first and I went through Sunday and Monday in a gravol induced coma unsure of whether it was night or day and crying on the couch about the insufferable pain. Tuesday, I was half way better and Wednesday it struck Jamie first thing in the morning. Good thing, because the night before he took the kids to West Edmonton Mall so I could recover and catch up on PVRd television while he finished up his shopping. Wednesday, I took care of the kids while he recovered and Lysol wiped the entire house.
Can you imagine what worlds would have collided had we been sick at the same time? Both adults sick? Call in the reinforcements and send the kids to the grandparents.
Arrange a Supplies Drop
Because leaving the house with a barf bag is less than desireable. I am thankful for fantastic Sister in Laws that make a supplies drop on the front step and give you the heads up to come out and grab it. Lysol Wipes, hand sanitizer and Powerade refills? Check, check and check. You can bet that she’s getting a little something extra special to go with her rad Christmas gift this year.
Have the Two G’s – Gravol and Gatorade
You’re going to want to stash away a Costco size package of Gatorade into the cupboard or pantry. I should have refreshed ours during the last sale in the summer. Seriously, it’s all I wanted to drink when I was at my lowest Vomitpocolypse point. Make sure that you have adults and children’s gravol in the medicine cabinet.
Make Sure Your Kid Knows How to Use Facetime
When you want something from downstairs and you’re too weak to yell, you can always send them downstairs while you Facetime with them on the iPad from your phone. This way, they’re going to know what you mean when you tell them that you want the bowl of fruit from the left side of the fridge, or you know, just to check on that giant bang that you heard from their room during rest time.
Lazy parenting, for the win. Bonus points if you teach your preschooler to recognize the letters ‘M’ and ‘D’ so they can differentiate between facetiming Mom or Dad. The bad part? When they facetime you while you’re in the bathroom because you won’t open the door.
Ditch the Froufy Cleaners
Okay, confession time. I love Method cleaners. Like pay full price at Target for the wonderful Orla Keily decorated containers with festive scents like Peppermint Vanilla. However, when it comes to the ability to kill all of the germs, I am starting to have my doubts. When it comes to winter around here, these natural cleaners don’t seem to cut it. I’ve made the switch and now I’m a chemical toting, germ-killing mom with Lysol wipes in tow.
Tip: You can get the giant containers of Lysol wipes for $3 at Walmart this Week. It would be a great time to stock up in case you’re hit with the Norovirus and suffering from your own #vomitpocolypse 2013.
Disclaimer – this post is meant to make you smile, you know, with some helpful advice thrown in about what worked for us. Want to find more tips and see what other parents are saying? Check out this thread.