I didn’t see this one coming.
My friend Cinnamon needed someone to watch her 4 girls overnight Saturday night. One night, all girls, our kids are good friends – no problem. Sounds like a slumber party!
The arrive mid-morning and everything is going smoothly.
The first indication that all was not well was at lunch when I noticed Matt wasn’t at the table. This was odd. He’s a teenage boy – he never misses a meal. I went to find him only to discover he didn’t feel good.
He said he felt like throwing up.
A couple of hours later he did.
I instruct him to hide out and don’t breath on anyone!
At supper Dagmar tells me her head is just pounding. I tell her maybe she might want to hold off on eating.
By this time I have all 4 of our guests in the basement with 2 of my healthy kids – watching a movie – as far from my sick children as I can keep them.
I guess we’ll skip our toe nail painting party.
After supper Buddy tells me he doesn’t feel so good. Oh no – he makes number 3. Great – he’s been playing with our guests all afternoon.
At this point the bathrooms are a pretty hot commodity – and my head is starting to pound.
Somehow we get all the girls bathed, bedded down and all is quiet. Just in time. I become victim number 4.
Sometime after midnight I hear someone in the bathroom – it’s Pedro, the kid who has never thrown up. Ever. Until now.
The count is now five down.
I take stock of the situation. There are now 5 of us vying for 2 bathrooms. Two healthy family members and 4 guests that I really don’t want to send home sick!
Somehow Jan and Angel Girl help me set out some breakfast, we get the well ones ready and sent off to church.
I could just cry. I felt awful – and not just physically! Here I was trying to help a friend out – and now our fun little slumber party is ruined and I send her sweet girls home infested with this toxic flu virus. 😦
I’m so sorry Cinnamon – really I am! I didn’t see this one coming. Can you disinfect the girls? Make them eat massive amounts of garlic? Tell them to go outside and breath deeply of the fresh air?
But maybe – just in case – you might want to stock up on 7 Up and crackers.
So much for helping a friend out.