Jul 17, 2011

The Sick Mat

(photo taken today - slowly on the mend)
On Friday, Oliver threw up.  As in vomit.  Not spit up.  I thought it was just a wet burp that turned into a little more, however when it happened a couple more times we realized he was sick.  Poor boy.  Thankfully, it isn't standard vomit and is more like a massive spit up, but it's still bad.

We've had 11 vomits and 6 diarrheas so far and as it's my first time dealing with him sick, I've taken some notes.  First, I am SO glad I double sheet our bed (if you're new here, he sleeps with us... and I'm okay that you might not be okay with that).  I keep quilted dry pads in between each layer just in case a diaper leaks and last night, I was thankful it had migrated a little higher.  It made changing the sheets of our king bed a lot easier at 2am.  There was still a little too much that had gotten on the second layer of sheets so when Oliver fell asleep in the small swing upstairs, I just slept on the floor with him.

It just so happened that I'd had him in zippered pajamas, which made changing him a lot easier too.  When I realized this, I was SO glad I'd changed my mind.  Originally I'd had another pair of pjs that snapped around the legs and ick - that would have been so gross.  To prep for our second sick night, I had a stack of snap/zipper front pjs for Oliver and a stack of t-shirts for me, along with towels, a few sheets, and the sick mat.

On Saturday Chandler yelled that there was more throw up.  On. the. floor.  Ugh.  Nothing a little water and Country Save couldn't take care of, but gross nonetheless.  I then decided that since he would be awake and potentially throwing up more, I needed something to keep him on so there wouldn't be more throw up all over the place.  I thought about the quilted dry pads, but they don't really absorb liquid.  I decided a towel would be a great to put around it.  We only had a couple old ones so I used one to make a pillow case type cover.
Meet - the sick mat!  I had Chandler run to Walmart to pick up a couple of really cheap towels & Velcro to make two more for if/when this one is ready to be tossed in the wash.  The cheap ones are best because they're not as plush and I don't have to change out the foot on my machine.

I also thought I'd share a tip from the nurse I talked to this morning.  Pick up saltine crackers, soup, Gatorade/ginger-ale and whatever else you may need when you get sick b/c if it is a virus and we get it, we won't feel like going to the store to pick up sick food.  Maybe this is just a parent trick?  How brilliant!  So now we're stocked with sick parental supplies.  Oh - and Pedialyte just in case we need it for Rover.

I'd love to know your sick child tips!


Jill Foley said...

Poor little guy - I hope he is feeling better. And I'm praying you don't get it.

pippasmum said...

I hate it when my littles are dealing with tummy troubles. I always get worried about dehydration. And the smell...
My trick is that my m.i.l. works in a nursing home and gives us old, worn out towels (similar to the Walmart ones, I would guess). We sleep on a deep pile of them and after each bout, just peel up that layer of towels to reveal another layer below. It makes for a lot of washing but at least it isn't things like down duvets. Oh, and we do what you do and sleep on the floor to spare the bed. I hope it has all passed and all of you are well!

"Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I'm afraid God would ask me the same question."
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