Wednesday, September 13, 2006


12 hours of throwing up 2-4 times an hour is an experience I hope never to have again. So far Gabe seems to have missed getting this...I sure hope so. At least all of us didn't get it at the same time - wouldn't THAT have been a disaster!!

Today I've felt better, but definitely not good. So nothing really got done around the house other than trying to keep up with Jonathan. Tomorrow hopefully I will be back to normal and ready to start catching up on everything. Everything just sort of stops when Mommy gets sick! Yesterday, after staying home to take care of Jonathan (and thus take care of me!) Gabe commented "the house is falling apart! I haven't eaten vegetables for two days, and there are ants in the sink and the dishes haven't been done!" Last night I was still too sick to care. This morning I looked around and decided that I think he's right. ;)

Does anyone know how contagion (is that a word?) works with stomach flu? I don't know how long to consider myself "quarantined". Normally I'd just forget about it as soon as I felt better...but this was such an awful bug that I definitely don't want to pass it to someone else. Maybe some of you mommy readers who have been doing this longer than I have could weigh in? :)


postmaster said...

Well, I'm not a mommy, but I do know that most viruses tend to be contagious for the first 24 to 48 hours you have them. However, just to be safe, you should probably give it a day or two before hanging out with people you like. :)


postmaster said...

Quick edit: if it's really the flu, you're contagious for 3-5 days after symptoms first appear. If its a more run-of-the-mill virus you're contagious as long as you have symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, cough, etc.) With a bacterial infection you're contagious for the first 24-48 hours after you start antibiotics (and before that, of course), unless you have a sinus infection which really isn't catching when it is of the bacterial sort. Hope that clarification helps!


Amber said...

Ugh, that sounds awful!! I have no idea how long you might be contagious, but I think that you should definitely lay low for a couple days just to make sure you've recovered all your strength. Being sick like that can really take a lot out of you - sometimes more even than you realize.

I'm glad to read that you're feeling better!

Jonathan said...

Right when school started there was an outbreak of Norwalk Virus here at Biola - a dozen or so students all got sick on the same weekend.

The Norwalk Virus, according to today's Chimes, is transmitted through "coughing or sneezing or improper handwashing."

It's funny how even stomach ailments can be transmitted through respiratory means.

Dy said...

Oh, I don't know, sweetie. Perhaps a good guideline is once the body fluids are no longer forcibly exiting your body.

How's the Little Guy feeling now? I can see from the remodel shots that you're obviously feeling MUCH better now. I'm glad.