Sunday, February 14, 2010


I have so many things to post, but instead am writing about my disappointing Valentine's weekend. Wednesday I received the okay from my Oral Surgeon to eat a mushy diet. Thursday morning I woke up dizzy and nauseous. I dragged myself to work. I didn't have much an appetiate, but forced some Boost and dry soft cereal on myself. Friday I had a really early meeting and didn't feel much better. Around 1:00 p.m. I ate a few spoonfuls of beans, chicken salad, and potato salad. When I arrived home around 4:30 P had brough home all sorts of Indian things I could eat and a beautiful flower arrangement for Valentine's Day. I just wanted to lay on the couch. My stomach hurt. Around 6:30 p.m. I announced that I had to vomit and experienced the most terrible vomiting I've ever had in my life. THen my stomach hurt and the diarrhea started. I couldn't stop vomiting. The worst part is that my lower jaw is still full of stitches and my chin is still healing. The vomiting pain was horrendous. Finally at 10:00 p.m. I told P I needed to go to the Urgent Care. Thankfully my neighbor was able to come because V was sleeping and thankfully her son was at his Dad's.

The Urgent Care is just down the road and we were taken right in. When I got back in the room, there was a long wait even though it wasn't that full. I finally got an IV, a shot of Bentyl, Zofran, and Dilaudid for Pain. They were pretty sure it was Norovirus (aka the stomach flu). As a microbiologist, it bugs me to no end that people don't realize that flu is a respiratory illness, but anyway.... They gave me two IV bags of fluid and I just kept dry heaving. THey finally let me home at 3:30 a.m. The bad part was that VI was up the night before starting at 4:30 a.m. and would be up at 7:00 a.m. or so. We promptly went to bed. P got up with V at 7:30 a.m. and I slept until 9:30 a.m. I was very grateful for him. I got up and drank two cups of chicken broth and then took a nap from 11:30 -3:30 p.m. I felt better after that. Drank some chicken broth and juice.

We had arranged a babysitter for Saturday so we go visit the Mummy exhibit at a museum and eat (well, not for me) at a new restaurant. So I was diappointed to say the least. We went to bed at 8:30 p.m. and I slept until 7:30 a.m. when V got up.

I'm terrified of Vi and Daddy getting this. I think V may have had a mild case because she threw up on Wednesday night and had one episode of diarrhea coupled with no appetiate.

I made a quick trip to the store today and

Happy Valentine's Day to me.


KELLY said...

Oh Jen, I'm so sorry you had to go through this so soon after your surgery. It sounded awful! Glad you on your way to a full recovery.

MrsSpock said...

Wow, right after surgery too. That timing stinks! We had a norovirus last Thanksgiving and I don't think I ever felt worse in my life. That can leave you feeling as weak as a kitten for a week.

Anonymous said...

Oh ack, that sounds sooooo awful.

It bugs me, too, that people think "flu" is barfing. My OWN MOTHER didn't believe me when I told her that actual flu is respiratory. She said "Why do they call it stomach flu, then?" I said I didn't know but that FLU IS RESPIRATORY and that STOMACH FLU IS DIFFERENT.

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