the stomach flu and too many bodily fluids

July 6th, 2008

At the risk of sharing too much information, I feel like I’m living in a cross between night of the living dead and exorcist with all the bodily fluids coming out of orifices they should not. Will has kept things down since the 4th, but it sounds like a fireworks display when he goes to the bathroom. (You probably didn’t want to know…) Sylvie fell ill last night just before midnight and spent the next 2.5 hours emptying her stomach. Hers was more frightening, not just because she’s a wee 23lbs and 1.5 years, so she doesn’t have much in reserve. She was really quickly headed towards life threatening dehydration at an episode every 15 – 20 minutes. Thankfully, once her stomach was empty, she stopped for the evening, giving her body some time to rest and benefit from the few sips of Pedialyte she’d held down. The pink bowl is seeing some action this weekend.

Thankfully, I think these are the 24 hours stomach flus, as both kids have held food down the morning after. We walked over to the bagel shop this morning, and Sylvie finished Will’s cinnamon stick and half a bagel.

On a less yucky note, the boys are off at the hardware store buying a super low flow showerhead. We’ve got a 2.5 GPM, which is one of the lower standard heads, but there are 1.5 and 1.0 on the market, which I grew up with and am used to. I’m interested in this:
low flow showerhead
Allegedly, this thing works better than the $12 low flow heads we grew up with. I’ll wait and see what the guys buy.

I’ve also checked all of our sinks for aerators. We can’t buy and attach aerators as none of our faucet heads are threaded. Again, I suspect that it is like our showerhead, we’ve purchased all of this stuff recently enough that it is probably aerated or at least low flow already, but I’m sure we could do better…

Finally, I’ve got a ball of french bread dough rising in our oven. We’ll see in ~2 hours if I can make decent bread with my own two hands. After 17 years of using a bread machine, I’m not sure I’ve got what it takes anymore, but we shall see. If it turns out, expect pictures, at least of the crumbs…