I feel like I am crawling out from under a house blown over by a tornado. Kind of like when the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz dies and they all come peeking out and the black and white turns to Technicolor. Yeah, that is how I feel, though it is not a tornado that hit us, oh no my friends…it was another kind of storm. A sh*t storm. Literally and figuratively a sh*t storm.
My day was going along according to plan. I switched my schedule to work early so I would be available to volunteer for a PTA event. I was kicking this day’s ass. Work/life balance? Check. Helping out in my community? Check. I was the mom that had it all. Until I didn’t. I was working the ticket booth/snack stand at the school event when it happened. That one lonely foreboding drip of sweat trickling ever so slowly down the center of my back. My jaw clenches and saliva begins building in my tightening throat.
Oh God no! Please God for the love of St. Elmo please just let me be hot! Oh, by the way you are more than welcome for that ear worm…”I can see the new horizon underneath the blazin' sky…I'll be where the eagle's flying higher and higher…Gonna be your man in motion, all I need is a pair of wheels..Take me where my future's lyin', St. Elmo's fire”. But it wasn’t just the temperature of the room. It was far more sinister. I was hit by the stomach bug. Crap! I was stuck there for another hour. I made the best of it, passing out snacks with a forced smile on my face 1.) Because I was grateful for their support of the school …2.) Out of fear because if I opened my mouth I could not guarantee an accompaniment of vomit would not also slip out with the word ‘thank you’…and 3). Because I had a pretty high degree of certainty I was infecting these poor families that came out for a night of fun. No need to call the CDC, I know where the outbreak started. I am patient zero.
The event ends. I drive home as if Anderson Cooper were waiting for me with a cup of coffee and some snarky gossip. I run straight to the bathroom and begin to purge. I was throwing things up I ate days ago. It would not stop. I was throwing things up from next week I haven’t even eaten yet. I have no idea where it was coming from. I somehow made it to the couch and there I stayed for a good 7 minutes until another round hit. This cycle continued for 8 hours…then the fun really started, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself just yet. In the meantime Chuck got bitten by this nasty, nasty bug. I swear with all the money that goes into these exotic diseases like Zika, why the hell can’t they through a couple of pennies to finding a flippin cure for the stomach bug? So now the 2 of us are down for the count. It is the middle of the night so the kids are sleeping; thank the walking up right Gods for that little blessing. So two of us with one toilet… our 2nd bathroom is in the middle of being redone. Two adults. 1 toilet. You do the math. The stomach bug which has now progressed from vomiting to include the soupy poopy. You know the saying “sh*t or get off the pot”. Truer words have never been spoken.
I was so dehydrated from throwing and going I was having leg/foot cramps. My bones ached. The body aches were far worse than the other stuff. At one point I had to go to the bathroom so bad, at this point the 2 of us were p*ssing water out of our asses, but the leg cramps were so bad I contemplated just sh*tting on the couch and just torch the place when the dust settled. I mean at this point there was so much methane built up in our house it was not a far stretch of the imagination. I mean it could happen. I was waiting for the windows to blow out. We were one good fart away from disaster. Oh and speaking of passing gas, that was a tenuous situation at best. You couldn’t trust the little buggas. You try to release just a tiny bit of pressure, but you give your ass an inch, it takes a mile….you think you are good with a small release of pressure but it comes out like a flippin’ balloon you just didn’t tie in time. You know in all those cheesy teen movies when the child actors way overact a scene and their crazy experiment backfires and when the dust settles they are standing there covered in soot and their hair is standing straight up? Yeah? It was like that.
There were noises heard and things seen that my husband and I cannot un-see or un-hear. I think if you are thinking of marrying someone it should be mandatory you survive a stomach bug together. Forget the Pre-Cana classes. The true test is seeing if you can walk in on your spouse mid-sh*t while they are puking and reload the toilet paper. If you can survive that there is NOTHING you can’t survive. Now, in an effort to save my marriage I will not be commenting on the Man Flu. But, if the weather had been a little nicer and the windows open during this plaque upon our house, our poor neighbors would have thought we were porn addicts. The moaning coming from our house was enough to put Larry Flint to shame. Anyone with a husband knows EXACTLY what I mean!!
So as the new day dawns and our GI tracts are starting to stabilize I realize at some point I will need to clean that bathroom. Our poor, poor bathroom… We asked A LOT of it in the previous 24 hours. I was trying to put a plan in place. I am going to need a Haz-Mat suit. But, for reasons I don’t completely understand myself I know for a fact our local medical supply store does NOT carry Haz-Mat suits. OK, so I could go to Dick’s Sporting Goods and get some of those rubber waders fly fishermen use and a raincoat. I then remember the last time I went there. Remember that debacle? I got stuck in a sports bra for an uncomfortable length of time while Anna stood laughing at me. See reminds me of that every time we drive by. I could go to Home Depot and get a respirator at least. There is a brand new Dollar Tree right next door, I could grab one of those pincher graspers that helps vertically challenged people reach things. I know I am short, but I am thinking of getting them for my T-Rex arms. If I try cleaning out that toilet my stubby little arms will be shoulder deep in the vomit/sh*t stew that I am sure if festering in there. Oh, as a side note, I was at Dollar Tree the other day…as I am most days and they had a help wanted sign-up. I really wanted to take an application. I can fake a smile as good as the rest, I know where EVERY ass-aching item is in there and just think, with an employee discount it could very well be 75 cent Tree for me! A win-win for everyone. But I digress…I did think of hiring someone specifically to clean just our bathroom. Unfortunately, that is not in the budget. It is a tiny bathroom but even if I paid someone 10 million dollars it would not nearly be enough, plus they would need to sign a non-disclosure payment and that runs into all sorts of legal fees. All while I was contemplating how to make the bathroom safe for humans to enter it again…Chuck comes out and tells me he bleached it down. Now that, that my friends is true love. I want to give a special shout out to my mother in law for taking our children overnight. She saved their lives. It really was like the Lord of the Flies…they had donuts and candy for breakfast, they were watching God knows what on You Tube and Emily had her white trash uniform on consisting only of a diaper and sticky hair. And to my fellow PTA moms and anyone I may have come in contact with that night. I am truly sorry. If you do come down with this vicious stomach bug all I can say is Godspeed my friends. Godspeed.