Monday, March 26, 2007

That Other Shoe?


It dropped. On me....and Jeremy. At the same time. There was nobody well enough to care for the children. The last twenty four hours are a fog. I have strange memories of guiding Simeon to take care of the others. I remember asking him to make dinner. He made the only meal he knows how--breakfast. I think they even had ice cream sandwiches for dessert. Then he cleaned up as best he could.

I remember Simeon bringing everyone's pajamas downstairs and I remember slowly giving him instructions on how to change diapers. I remember Zachary thinking this was great fun. Nicholas did not think this was fun. I remember my husband heroically getting up to change Nicholas.

I remember a cob web on a ceiling downstairs and a child bringing me crayons. I remember little boys giggling in their beds-- though I don't know who put them there. I remember wondering how they had the energy.

This morning the house is a mess and we are very weak, but better able to care for the children. I am amazed at how well they handled the situation. Thank you to everyone who suggested we eat a bland diet for a while. It certainly helped me and I am glad to have what I need in the house today. Oh, and thank you Clorox for this stuff.

18 comments:

E Caughron said...

Oh Suzanne, I understand your pain. Sam and I had food poisoning last year at the same time, couldn't even sit up without consequences. I remember telling Patrick (who was six) how to take care of everyone just like you described. I think I had to do the dirty diapers though on the almost two year old. Patrick made peanut butter sandwiches I think. I hope you feel better soon.

jerseygirlmama said...

Suzanne,
like the other poster, we were both struck down with food poisoning last year (2 days before Thanksgiving no less!) Baby Shelby was only four months old and slept through the night the first 2 times as we struggled to care for her and ourselves. What a blessing your older boys have been to care for the younger ones. At least God had the mercy on us not to let Shelby get sick and have her be a very cooperative little baby. I hope you are all feeling better soon!
Kristen

Crafty Mom said...

How awful!!

But how lucky you were to have a son who can care for his younger siblings!

That's a boy who deserves extra special hugs when you are feeling better.

Margaret in Minnesota said...

Oh honey, I don't know what to say except maybe all's well that ends well and don't you feel wonderfully slim right now? ;) I'm saying retroactive prayers for you!

PS. Cool little translation widget!

Margaret in Minnesota said...

PPS. It's me, again.

This post was perfectly lyrical in French. You'd never know that you were talking about throwing up.

newhousenewjob said...

Oh dear, I'm glad you're feeling a bit better now. And well done Simeon for holding the fort.

Michelle Halpin said...

Bless your heart! How terrible for you...we've been there before, too, and it's awful! I couldn't help but thing of the Little House chapter entitled Fever And Ague, where the whole family gets malaria at the same time and nearly die before someone comes to help. I was always struck by that chapter as a child, wondering what would happen to my family if we all got sick at the same time like that! :) Glad you're on the mend.

Suzanne Temple said...

Margaret, I liked the post in french, too. Je me repelle...almost poetic! You should get the widget too. It is so fun. I like how the spanish version of my blog calls the boys muchachos!

thanks, newhouse, jerseygirl, erin, and crafty mom for the sympathies. We did the food poisoning thing a few years back, too. I think Pat and Kristen came to our rescue then, erin.

michelle, I thought of that very chapter ALL afternoon yesterday!

Cheryl M. said...

Glad to know that you're recovering. I just got over a nasty intestinal virus myself...I couldn't imagine if hubster had it at the same time...and yes, Clorox Clean-Up is "A Good Thing!"

~m2~ said...

(((suzanne))) God bless all of you and what a big boy that Simeon was! i think his favorite dinner is in order (once you are healthy enough to get to the stove...)

feel better :)

Dawn said...

Oh, Suzanne! Prayers for healing coming your way, my dear!

Cheryl said...

Tonight we read the Fever n Ague chapter from Little House in the Prairie. Your post reminded me of it. I'm glad the worst is over.

Kristen Laurence said...

Not much of a feast, eh? Can you take a rain check tomorrow?! :)

Hope you are all better tomorrow. I have the perfect "Get Well" card, but by the time it would get to your house you will have fully recovered.

So proud of your big Simeon!

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

Suzanne,

I'm so sorry to hear about your illnesses. Thank God that it is behind you and you are hopefully gaining lots of good strength. We've been through that, too. It's never fun. Look at the bright side...at least it didn't happen on Holy Saturday or Easter Sunday! God bless you all!
Donna

Carrie said...

The stomach flu tore through our family this Lent also but hit our baby the worst. It took her 10 days to recover. But by God's grace did we get through it and now are appreciating/enjoying good health. It also forced me to clean EVERYTHING!

Karen E. said...

Oh, that has happened to us, too! I'm so sorry! It's awful. I remember (before I had children) asking a friend how she parented through stomach flu ... she said, "You just do." I didn't understand then, but ....

Prayers for your quick recovery!

The Bookworm said...

Oh you poor dears! I'm glad you are on the mend.

Love the French, but it wouldn't let me do Italian. Not that I know much Italian ... just a bit more than Chinese or Korean!

Alice said...

Oh, Suzanne, I wish I could have been there to help!

Sounds like your boys did extremely well though. I'm so glad you are a bit better.