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. (CDC.com)

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.(CDC.com)

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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