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Homework and the Elusive Flu Bug

My son sat at the kitchen table as he worked through his mountain of homework. He looked up at me and said, “Mom I don’t feel so well!”

I walked over and felt his forehead, “You don’t feel warm just finish up the last three questions and we will do the rest of the morning.”

He sighed, “Fine! But my stomach really hurts.”  

It was with a sigh, I gave him a stern look, and made him complete the project. He gave me his puppy eyes and I thought to myself “I am not caving in this time.”

It was an hour later when I heard it, the noise every parent hates to hear, the gag, the cough, the sound of projectile vomit hitting the walls, and carpeted floor!

I took a deep breath, entering the room of vomit, he looked up at me “See I told you I was sick!”

It was as I waded up to me knees in vomit and fighting the urge to lose my own cookies that I vowed to never be skeptical of the words “Mom! I feel sick!”

If I had only paid attention to those simple words – it would have saved me from a three-hour scrub-out from hell!

Have you ever experienced the scrub-out from hell? Did you keep your cookies?

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  1. I use to lose my cookies at just the sound of someone gagging, but after spending months taking care of my very ill husband, I got used to it.

    Poor kid. I hope he is feeling better.

    I did that with my daughter on several occasions in a variety of situations. She told us for years that she was seeing double, but she was a straight A student, so we didn’t pay much attention to it. Finally, in NINTH GRADE she had a full eye exam – yep she was seeing double. I felt horrible especially because I’m a former teacher and very sensitive to eyesight (and stomach) issues, just not in my own home.

  2. The answer is, “No!” I doubt there’s ever been any kid raised without having to deal with that! What I can’t handle is sick pets. Poor husband gets that chore.

  3. I’m not a mom, but if you ever need to know how to pick up a wretching cat, tuck it under your arm like a football and run like hell to an uncarpeted surface, let me know.

    Hope he’s feeling better soon 🙂

  4. Worst blow out of my parenting experience came six months in. We were in a restaurant, and child stood on my lap, looking over my shoulder. She was squirmy, unlike her really, and *poof*, all over my back, the back of the booth, and on into the next one (empty.) Twenty-seven years later, it’s amusing.

    Sick kidlets inevitably tore at my heart. You see your child in distress, and you wish to do all you can to make them better. I’m glad he’s well into recovery.

    1. OH! It’s a miracle no one was behind you! I think the first year is about grooming you to get use to bodily fluid 🙂 It is kinda funny!

      He is feeling much better – I just felt awful for forcing him to do his homework.

      1. Bodily fluids, solids, and everything in between…

        My youngun, being diabetic… she got out of school easily. I know she played it up at times, but… when you have a reaction at school, I get it can shake you up. So I knew the nurse and school staff quite well, and sometimes I was there a couple times a week.

  5. My stomach is a lot stronger than it used to be, but one of my worst memories is the smell of (other kids’) vomit in the halls of elementary school. The custodian used something awful to clean it up that smelled worse than the vomit. Ewww.

    Glad your boy is feeling better!

  6. No, I don’t have kids but I was really bad as a kid. I was the pretender, I pretended all the time 🙂 My Boyfriend’s mama told me a story of this one time she thought he was pretending, and she finally gave in and said that either they go to school or to the hospital. When they got to the hospital he had to go in to emergency surgery for his appendix! I think it’s important to know that your kids will probably lie to you (as I did), but sometimes they really do mean it…I can imagine that is a difficult line to draw.

    1. It’s hard as a parent to tell the difference and I thought he was just trying to get of his homework. I might have done that trick a time or two…I should have known better! Luckily, it wasn’t appendicitis and he is feeling much better 🙂

  7. Oh boy… I don’t envy you…been there, done that…no getting around it with three kids. But I have my trusty Bissell steam-cleaner so the messes are usually fairly easy to clean up!!!! 🙂

  8. Am ill just thinking about your experience. So, no I don’t do vomit well, nor would I be able to get through recounting a vomit story. It is about the only illness related discharge that makes me nauseous.

      1. Am glad it is you and not I. I know it is one of motherly duties more often than not, but not exclusive to mothers as there is the rare man who can stomach it. For me it is not just smell, it’s visual too.

  9. My husband and I were just talking tonight about how, when our daughter was a teenager, we both secretly thought she was a bit of a complainer. Always fussing about one ache or another. Fast forward to her being 22, when she was diagnosed with moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis.

    Figuring out the right thing to do when your child says she or he doesn’t feel well is an impossible task. Better to err on the side of caution I think. Belly aches go to bed (or at least a tile-floored room.) Anything a bit more serious? Straight to the doctor.

  10. Not everything about being a mother is wonderful. Eldest son never found a bucket in his life. Yuk. Youngest son is the neatest vomiter you ever met. Still yuk.

    Hope your son feels better soon.

  11. Oh yes. I typically send them straight to the bathroom, but if nothing happens right away, they get bored and come out again. I have one who seems to be in control of when and where she vomits and one who literally has vomited mid-sentence. Yucky. Hope he feels better soon and that you don’t catch it!!!

  12. A year or so back I had a stomach problem, and I threw up normally 10 times a day (I know…GROSS!), so I can understand your son’s pain, yours? not so much(never had a cleaning duty).

  13. sometimes it’s difficult to know when kids really fall sick. my son fakes a stomachache to get away from stuff he doesn’t want to do.
    so, yes sometimes we tend to overlook a minor complaint.
    this blind eye causes trouble at times. but that’s part of parenthood i guess 🙂

  14. My daughter is a champion puker. She has an over-senstive gag reflex, which means that every time she gets a cold with post-nasal drip, she throws up. A lot. Usually in her bed. So, I’m kind of immune that that, now. My son? My son has only thrown up three times in his life, and it was horrible every time. Firehosed over all available surfaces, down my back and in my hair. Yuck!

    1. My sympathies! The smell is the worst part of the whole cleaning process…It was last night my littlest seemed to have been overcome the flu bug and it was another long night! I hope this is the last of it 🙂

  15. Since I don’t have kids, I haven’t had to do the scrub from hell, but if I did (or had a kid like I was) I would sure lose my cookies…. I am SO bad with that stuff. Not the same but when we were going to the cemetary, we started talking about getting car sick in the limo. Which led to my brother-in-law telling his son stories about their scrubs from hell… As we neared the cemetary, the conversation, and riding sideways got too much for my nephew and we had to make an emergency stop (as did the whole procession that followed us). He didn’t end up getting sick, but if he did, I am sure I would have too…. I hope your poor son feels better and the rest of you stay safe…

  16. OMG, horrible! I feel for you both! We have only had this happen once. I was sick, then Ben was sick. Unfortunately, we were on vacation. Fortunately we were on vacation, in a hotel, and someone else had to clean up the projectile vomit 4 times.

    1. Oh! That is awful! I had a similar experience with my son the first time went to Mexico. The first night when we arrived he complained of a tummy ache and I dragged him to supper. Luckily, we got out of the restaurant just in time…It’s even worse when it happens on vacation.

  17. As distasteful as it is, i would much rather deal with a whole gaggle of them throwing up in unison than with just one, staring up at you while they utter “i told you so…”

  18. My nephew did this to me in the car of all places – both ends exploding – had to roll down the windows and drive like a bat out of heck back to my place where he continued to christen the bathroom next. I held my cookies but felt so bad for the little guy.

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