Thursday, July 12, 2012

Oh No, Now What.....What to do when you child gets sick on vacation

It happens.  Kids get sick.  They touch everything, they put their hands in their mouth and they get sick.  Sometimes it happens at the absolutely most awful time.  But, what are you going to do.  You clean it up, get them comfortable and get on with things!

My oldest two kids are pukers.  They have sensitive stomachs and are prone to motion sickness, just like me!  On our first night in Boston, all of the kids were asleep and I was in the bathroom getting ready for bed.  My oldest son frantically started banging on the door, then I heard the dreaded words...."Mommy I threw up."   I quickly opened the door to get him into the bathroom, only to discover it was too late.  He was sick all over one of the beds, three spots on the floor, one of the suitcases and on the bed skirt of the second bed.  Looked like a scene from the Exorcist and smelled even worse.  Thankfully, the other three kids slept through all of this!  Our hotel room was an upgrade on a standard room, two double beds and two bathrooms.  Let me tell you, it was very nice to have that second bathroom!  Having 6 people in two double beds when you have a pukey kid is not much fun.

At home we have a "system".  This involves layering large trash bags with beach towels both on the bed and floor surrounding the bed and several buckets!  When you are away from home, you need to improvise!  We got him cleaned up into fresh pajamas and situated on a clean corner of the floor with a trashcan.  Then we called down to the front desk and asked for clean sheets, blankets and towels, and proceeded to clean up as best we could!  I do always travel with a bucket, paper towels and some extra plastic bags.  This time the bucket and paper towels were in the car, so we did improvise with a plastic bag and the hotel trashcan and some extra hotel towels.  The extra plastic bags are great - you never know what you will need them for!  They also make travel size Clorox wipes and Febreeze.  We picked up both at the CVS the next day near our hotel.

My son was fine - just too much in one day.  A long car ride with a fast food lunch and a fish and chips dinner with Root beer and Ice Cream Sundae was just too much for him.  The hotel staff was very understanding and accommodating!  (Shout out to the Boston Park Plaza!) The hotel room stunk and was horrible having to stay there for the rest of our time in Boston.  The hotel was sold out and there was no where else to move us to.  Also, it was an older building and the windows did not open!
The next day he was fine and ready to go, go, go!  Just another adventurous day in parenting!

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