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A hard habit to break

Okay. No one in the house has vomitted for 48 hours now. It seems safe to say that we’re through the worst of it.

The Kid got sick, after all. Then The Husband. It was bitterly cold or snowing much of that time. We’ve done about 20 loads of laundry, including every sheet set we own for The Child at least three times. We still haven’t steam cleaned the inside of the car, though. You can’t imagine the smell.

But the worst part (other than watching The Child drop 10 percent of her body weight in two days) has been the TV.

At one point, she was so sick that all she wanted to do was sit in my lap, limp and whimpering. Anything larger than a 1/8 teaspoon of water came right back up, so I had to physically feed her water in micro sips every three to four minutes. I was still exhausted from my own bout of this bug (henceforth known as The Stomach Bug From Hell or SBFH). I couldn’t manage to concentrate on a book, not even an Amelia Peabody mystery. So I did something I swore I’d never do.

I turned on the TV for the child.

We watched Sesame Street, and something called Sid the Science Kid and three Tivo’ed episode of Mythbusters and several other things that all run together in a candy-colored blur of cutsey puppets and PBS ads for Celtic Women, which is apparently on twice a day or something.

We did this for two days.

And then The Husband came down sick and he didn’t have the energy to do much. So he’d sit and watch TV. And despite my efforts to distract The Child with fun things that weren’t TV, she kept wanting to watch TV. And I was so tired of cleaning vomit and exhorting her to “sip sip sip!” that I let her.

We’re finally better. But she keeps begging for TV. I keep thinking that I made a mistake akin to “just try a little bit of heroin.”

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  1. February 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    when you all feel better, not 100% but 80% and i mean all of you, life will return to normal. you’ll be able to walk around the park, draw, sing, dance. but if you’re impatient, you can always pull the plug. “uh oh! TV’s not working! let’s go do something else. hey, let’s see what happens when we mush up newspaper with water and some paint. hmmm.. we can make colored paper. and we can add feathers or glitter. yeah honey, it’s YOUR art, you go right ahead. you want some of momma’s fabric bits? that’s cool”

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