Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Taking a sick day

I have never seen a child throw up so much. On Monday night Finley started throwing up around 11pm and continued to throw up every 20 minutes or so until 9am the next morning. We set up on the couch and I got to watch late night TV, not something I think I would ever choose to do again. Poor baby, she was so weak and limp and just wanted to sleep but everytime she would fall asleep she would wake up to throw up again. I was almost positive that she was going to end up in the hospital.

We went to the doctor the next morning (who just so happens to be her granpaw) and she was very irritable but that was a good sign because she had big fat tears which meant she was not dehydrated. He said is was probably a virus and gave her some medicine to stop the vomiting. The side effect of the med was that it would make her very sleepy (a very favorable side effect if you ask me) and would make her loopy. Well, when we got home it was like she was drunk. A crazy spring break college co-ed kind of drunk. Very funny. She slept the rest of the afternoon and there was no more throwing up so she ate a bit of dinner . The BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. She slept all night after another dose of medicine which was a suppository which I will never do again because it involved me shoving 3 tiny pieces up her tiny booty.

So today we are taking a sick day and hanging out at home but for any of you who have any children you know that it means I am the activity director and to keep the house from exploding I need to have something for them to do the majority of the day although they are playing very nicely right now on their own. Anyway, I found a recipe on Martha Stewart Kids for homemade fingerpaints and it looked easy and cooperative and I had all the ingredients on hand so off we go.

You just mix 4 tbs of sugar with 1/2 cup of cornstarch then add 2 cups of cold water and heat of medium heat until it gets thick, not very long. It continues to thicken as it cools. I divided it into those tiny plastic disposable containers then added whatever color Piper wanted and mixed it up and voila...Fingerpaints. So, so easy and Piper helped with the whole endeavor.

I can see myself making these as a gift for someone and including a homemade art smock and some homemade playdough and these crazy crayons which I think we might try this afternoon or tomorrow and some art paper. Fun! I would like a gift like that!


melanienyc said...

this is so cool! i will have to try this!! thanks for the awesome post!

Kim said...

Terrific idea!! I am going to try this tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

I hope she is feeling MUCH better. I hate when the little one's are sick. I feel so helpless!!