Dear Crissy

Tiny ugly germs

VirusI mentioned in my Christmas wrap-up post that our family had been stricken with a virus, but that I had my fingers crossed that I would avoid it. Well, as you may have guessed, I ended up sick, too. After about 24-hours of violent viral gastroenteritis symptoms, I now feel very weak, and still have a terrible headache with some lingering nausea. This virus was without question one of the worst I can remember, at least in adulthood. I hate knowing that my poor little baby boy had to go through the same thing. Is it just me, or are babies really tough? I swear he weathered the illness better than we did!

Because there was no fever involved, and the illness was relatively short, I can only assume it was viral gastroenteritis, which is more commonly referred to as stomach flu in these parts, however, it isn’t actually flu.

What causes viral gastroenteritis?

There are many different causes of viral gastroenteritis, including rotaviruses; noroviruses; adenoviruses, types 40 and 41; sapoviruses; and astroviruses. Viral gastroenteritis is not caused by bacteria (such as Salmonella species or Escherichia coli), or parasites (such as Giardia lamblia), or by medications, or other medical conditions, although the symptoms may be similar. Your doctor can determine if the diarrhea is caused by a virus or by something else. (

So, which virus did we have, and where did we pick it up? I’m not sure, however, several members of Zach’s family were stricken with the same bug, so I’m sure it was probably spread at one of the holiday parties we attended over Christmas. This is one of the parts about winter that I hate the most. This is actually the second virus I’ve had this season, and I hope it’s not an indication of the months to come, because wow, it’s really exhausting.

Persons can prevent getting infected by viral gastroenteritis with frequent handwashing, prompt disinfection of contaminated surfaces with household chlorine bleach-based cleaners, and prompt washing of soiled articles of clothing. If food or water is thought to be contaminated, it should be avoided. Rotavirus gastroenteritis can also be prevented by vaccines.(

My mom is watching Evan for me today while I continue to rest-up. I’m also going to try to straighten-up the house, and clean everything well with bleach, to prevent reinfection. I really hate this time of year!

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  1. Lindsay Dianne — December 29, 2010 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    In my opinion, there is NOTHING worse than a stomach problem. Best wishes to you guys that you get rested up as quickly as you can.


  2. Melissa — December 29, 2010 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    What a way to end the year. :( Hope you all feel better!


  3. Cat Davis — December 29, 2010 @ 2:27 pm (#)

    (((HUGS)))) I hope you get to feeling better soon. And yes, somehow kids always manage to handle illnesses better than we do, maybe it’s just a small blessing we get as parents.


  4. FireMom — December 29, 2010 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    THANK YOU for saying that it’s not “THE” flu. People around these parts don’t differentiate and it drives me batty.

    I hope you’re feeling better soon. FireDad came home sick this morning. I’m cleaning like mad and keeping him back in our bedroom with hopes that we stay healthy.


  5. debp — December 29, 2010 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    You are right, it isn’t the flu. The only thing, is that it now is a component of H1N1. No other flus (except bird flu) have any stomache symptoms. I hope you and your family all feel better soon.


  6. Jill — December 29, 2010 @ 3:17 pm (#)

    just gotta say is:: oh my! feel better fast!! and on the same token, I learned something new! did you know that the flu virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours!? sometimes up to 48 hours! I take wipes everywhere, but that doesn’t always help….like My mom said, some germs are good germs and they help our bodies defend against bad germs.


  7. Kristin — December 29, 2010 @ 4:58 pm (#)

    Yuck! I can’t count the number of people I’ve encountered who are going/have just been through this recently. We had it over here too – and it really was horrible! My daughter threw up more than I realized her little belly could even contain. And I have to say, the same goes for my husband and I. Gross. Hang in there, it will pass soon enough and all you can really do is make sure to stay hydrated as that’s the most important thing. Feel better soon!



  8. Crinthia Megan — December 29, 2010 @ 8:40 pm (#)

    I feel for you crissy, I got this sickness with the same symptoms back in march. IT WAS HORRIBLE! Fortunately I had it for 24 hours and I got my sister to watch my daughter. I literally sat up in the middle of the night, laid back down, and got sick all over myself. The others in my house had it for days, and my little girl didn’t get it thank god. I hope your whole family feel better soon xoxo


  9. Kasey@AllThingsMamma — December 29, 2010 @ 10:41 pm (#)

    We all got this last year. The sickest I had been in over 12 years! Like you, our entire family along with every other extended family member got it the week before Christmas. So sorry for you guys!


  10. Judy Keefe — January 2, 2011 @ 10:27 pm (#)

    It went through my whole family the week before Christmas. It was the wrst. I ended up in the hospital.

    I miss your art.


  11. annette prince — January 3, 2011 @ 11:13 am (#)

    Us too, on the stomach flu! That was our New Year’s event! I wish there was a vaccine for it, we’d be first in line! Is there any indication of one on the horizon? I also hate this time of year. I’m nauseaus from November til April in anticipation of barfing.


  12. sarah — January 24, 2011 @ 6:08 am (#)

    I love that you referenced yo gabba gabba in the title of this post! ( at least i believe you intended to) So cute!


  13. Sankeurormnem — March 14, 2011 @ 7:56 pm (#)

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