So I didn’t get any formal diagnosis, but it seems that “Norovirus” is the new gastroenteritis, so therefore, I am diagnosing myself with it. Yesterday was my work day at the kindergarten. Y had said he would ask for a half day off work in the afternoon to come home and look after L, who was still not in tip top condition. Y left his phone here, which was a bit of a pain, because as far as I was concerned, it was undecided whether he would take the time off or not. I mailed his work address to tell him that L seemed ok, and that they could probably attend the temporary daycare after all. He called a while later and said that he had already asked for the afternoon off, and I said anyway that would be better for the kids if his job could cope with it.
I went to pick H up from kindergarten at 1:15, then brought her home, where Y had just arrived. Her teacher said that she had felt sick and run to the loo twice, but hadn’t done anything. As soon as H got into the genkan (entrance), she threw up all over the floor. Ohhhhh, my suede boots X( But of course, poor H 😦 I started feeling a bit sick then, but I thought it was just seeing sick..I’m terrible with puke.
I left Y to clean it all up (that’s his preferred role), then sorted H out and started to get ready for work. I’m so thankful that Y had come home, or otherwise H would have probably thrown up in the car on the way to the daycare. It doesn’t bear thinking about.
So I made my way to work, feeling fine. I taught the first lesson, lots of fun. Then in the second lesson, my head started to hurt a bit. I have the period from hell. So much so that I am planning to go to the ob/gyn to make sure I don’t have anything wrong as soon as it’s done this month. So I thought little of it. Just period headaches, I thought. Then during my last primary schoolers lesson, my stomach started to gurgle and the nausea kicked in. I snapped more than a couple of times to the students, but I desperately did not want to throw up, or worse still, have anything come out of the other end…oh the shame…So I focused and went through the motions, although to be honest, I don’t really think they learned much this week.
As soon as the lesson was over, and I had rushed to the loo, but been totally ok, I went for the car. I had to stop off at Seven Eleven to get some tampons (which my husband was too embarassed to buy for me the previous day), and that nearly killed me too. I contemplated sticking my fingers down my throat in the shop toilet, thinking better out than in, but then thought that wasn’t really a very polite thing to do. So I got back in my car, put the paper bag from the tampons (bag of shame) inside the plastic bag and sat it on my lap for the journey. It took 650 minutes to get home. Ok, more like 20 minutes, but you see my point.
I got home, ran for the loo, and was violently sick. H was lying in the living room, mixin-sick bowl at her side looking peaky, L was his usual happy self. I packed myself up to bed, although sleep was not what I got for the following five hours or so. I got chills, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, all of the lovelies that Noro brings. I immediately felt terribly sorry for both L and H, because it’s such a horrible illness, and I never realise how much they are in pain until I get the same thing.
So it’s been 21 hours since the onset, and I’m feeling much better, but still very weak and dehydrated. I’ve not taken anything for my period cramps because I’m not sure that would help the Noro. Y has been erm, not very helpful…he claimed to be tired and a “bit fluey”, he washed the laundry, then left it in the washer, then put it all to dry in the drier (even shrinkables), so I had to sort that out, had a few cross words, then tears and now I’m attempting a little normalcy to try and kick this Noro once and for all.
Apparently it lasts for two -three days, so I’m not supposed to prepare food until after that period. Erm yeah, I’ve already made L’s breakfast, snack and lunch. How else will he eat?!?! Let’s just hope it doesn’t start doing the rounds again…or worse still, that Y gets it…