The Thanksgiving That (Almost) Never Was…

Most of my friends are posting beautiful family photos of their happy family memories made over this past week. Not me. My week got off to a rough start, with yet another trip with Mayhem to the Emergency Room.

Tuesday: I get a phone call at work from our nanny. She says, “I don’t want to worry you… but the baby just threw up. A lot.” So, after going through some questions with her, I called the pediatrician. I told them that I was worried, because he had been roughhousing with his older brother the evening before- and banged his head. That was it, we were off to the ER…

During our 3 hours of waiting time (with an active toddler!), we got to see first-hand how bad the flu season is this year. At least there were lots of sirens from firetrucks and ambulances to catch his attention! When we finally got to see the doctor, we were all exhausted. After a quick visit, we were VERY happy to hear that Mayhem was fine- and we could go home!

Wednesday: Follow up visit to the pediatrician, and I had an unexpected ‘family care/sick day’ from work on the day before Thanksgiving. Gee, does that look suspicious?! What am I gonna do…

Thursday: Thanksgiving with my in-laws. They flew in from Seattle, just in time to receive the stomach bug which we soon learned was the real reason that Mayhem had vomited on Tuesday morning. I also spent the evening in the bathroom (I’ll spare you the graphic details). I later learn that my father has suffered the same fate.

Friday: After being up all night, I wake up to find that my husband now has the stomach bug. No one wants to hang out with us today!

Saturday: My sister and brother have flown out from NYC to spend the week with us. Today is the day we’re supposed to have our big turkey dinner. My mother is in bed, can’t get up. No one wants to eat. My sister and I cook the turkey anyways, and spent a very depressing meal staring at each other. We basically made it so there would be leftovers!

I stole my sister’s pictures, since I didn’t take any!

Saturday evening, Little J came down around 9:30 pm crying that his ear was ‘hurting so bad, and it’s NEVER going to feel better!’ After calling the after-hours hotline for his pediatrician, I had to track down a 24-hour pharmacy and go get his antibiotics. All of us got back to sleep around 11:30 pm.

Sunday: Finally, most of us were feeling better. But now my sister is down, and she and my brother had a red-eye to catch. Not an ideal situation.

So all in all, I barely got to spend any time with my siblings, and a stomach bug knocked each of out- One by one. And I have zero photos from the week- mom fail. At least we all lost weight this week, instead of gaining??

How was YOUR Thanksgiving? I hope it went better than ours!


15 thoughts on “The Thanksgiving That (Almost) Never Was…

  1. Wow, I hope everyone is better now.Your story reminds me of my Thanksgiving 2 years ago, after I cooked the whole dinner, right before our family was to come over, I got the stomach bug, ruined our whole dinner, My husband had to call everyone and tell them not to come over.. 😦

    • haha. that’s an idea!! I did get a cute ‘sweater pic’ last weekend, but now I’m on a mission to get a Santa pic! Time for Christmas card photos!

      • I in desperate need to do Christmas card pics! I can’t believe December is around the corner, and I don’t even have a Christmas card list made. ..I might want to get on that. lol

  2. I’m so sorry that your family went through that! A good friend of mine had this exact situation happen one Christmas Day years ago, which happens to also be her son’s birthday- the whole family was ill, and slept the day away. I hope you are all feeling MUCH better.

  3. Kids always: get sick, get hurt, throw up, have a bathroom accident, break something at the worst times… I’m glad everyone’s on the road to recovery! Thanks again for checking out my blog!

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