Just remind me, friends, that 10 years from now we'll look back at this time when we were mommies of small children and think we had the time of our lives ;) Because I could be fooled right about now and think this is a pretty miserable deal! After a couple of very rough days for Miss Amaya of not keeping anything down and basically just wimpering lethargically on the couch, she finally rounded a corner on Thursday evening. Friday, we seemed pretty much back to normal (yay!), and Bjorn and I headed for our appointment at the International Travel Clinic (more about that in another post), where we were each injected with a small pharmacy's supply worth of vaccines. We were warned about side effect like flu like symptoms (especially from the yellow fever vaccine) ... but as it turns out, that didn't really matter since there are tons of flu like symptoms going around anyways ;)
I went to bed at 11pm, exhausted and already feeling kind of under the weather (probably from the shots), and less than an hour later, Liana was up screaming and projectile vomiting her way from her bed to the bathroom. And that was pretty much the end of our night. I tried to make her comfortable, and at some point all three of us (Liana, Bjorn and I) were camped out on the floor in our room (not wanting to take a puky child into our bed) ... but it was pretty apparent that we weren't going to get much sleep. So I finally moved to the guest bed room down stairs, were I caught at least a couple of hours of sleep ... and I was up at 6:30am with a splitting head-ache and a queasy stomach myself, trying to get ready for work, with Liana dry-heaving every few minutes while Bjorn finally caught a few minutes of shut-eye. I love, love, love my job as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor ... but this is one of the hardest things about it (especially when you have small children) - it is virtually impossible to find someone to cover your class at such late notice; and so I drove to the Y half comatose, praying that I wouldn't pass out or throw up during my 2 classes :) But you know, somehow it always gets done ... and now I'm back home, just trying to keep Liana comfortable and at least some fluids in her, and just letting this nasty bug run its course. By lunch time, I was absolutely miserable myself ... feeling like a truck had run me over with body aches, chills, fever and just a total feeling of fatigue (pretty much exactly the side effects of the yellow fever vaccine that the doc said hit about 25% of the people getting it - lucky me!). I took a 2 hour nap and woke up feeling worse, and so Liana and I spent the afternoon snuggling on the couch and in my bed while Amaya tore the house apart (and Bjorn tried to get some work done). Snuggle time with two busy almost 4-year olds is hard to come by, so I was trying to tell myself that I could think of worse ways to spend my afternoon :)!
I know from plenty of other similar experiences that even this present misery won't last forever, and soon, flu season will be over (right?!) and spring will be here (right!!) and we'll be thankful we made it through another winter!