Thursday, March 16, 2006

what a night

no pictures on this post, believe me you wouldn't want any.
yesterday started as a normal day. i babysat jordyn and dana's little boy parker. greyson acted fine all day. played as normal. ate as normal. although he wouldn't take an afternoon nap for me.
after parker's daddy picked him up, and jordyn's mommy picked her up i decided to take a trip to walmart for a few things we needed around the house. i took greyson & grover along with me. greyson could have stayed home with jim but i figured we both had been home all day stuck inside (we are having some major wind around here). greyson acted fine on the 15 minute car ride, just a little tired since he had not had his usual afternoon nap.
here is where everything went downhill... as we walked into the store greyson started whining a bit. he was in the cart facing me. while still pushing the cart i bent down to kiss his forehead and whispered "don't worry baby, mommy just has to pick up a couple things". that's when i noticed he felt warm. really warm. we made it about 10 more steps, i'll never forget that spot in walmart... in front of the lotions and bubble bath, greyson looked up at me with a scared look on his face, reached up with his little arms, put his head against my stomach.... and just let it go! he continued to be violently sick for what seems like eternity, actually only 30 seconds or less. but he just couldn't stop getting sick, ALL over himself and me. i had managed to unbuckle him at this point and was holding him downward, frantically searching in my purse for my cell phone to call jim. of course, i had left it in the car. (lesson learned) luckily this extremely KIND lady with her little boy stopped, fell to her knees and started helping me take greyson's shirt and jeans off, then she ran and found about three employees for us. she was like an angel, just taking over at the minute i needed help. i am so grateful to her. she even let me use her cell phone to call jim, because the walmart employees had called an ambulance. they said it was their policy if anyone got sick or hurt in the store (especially a child) they had to call. they were wonderful too, giving me several new towels off the shelf to wrap my baby in. his socks and shoes were soaked too, leaving him only in a onesie. a few moments later the paramedics checked greyson's vital signs and everything was back to normal. he was even smiling at them.
daddy was there in minutes with greyson's favorite stuffed animal -his doggie. he kept him close the whole way home and continued to be himself smiling, talking, and laughing like nothing had ever happened.
after we arrived back home, i sat along side the tub watching greyson play and splash in the bath. the muscles in my back and shoulders were so tight, i'm assuming from tensing up so fast, it's amazing what stress can do to your body. i was just so glad to be back in the comforts of our home, with greyson safe and healthy again.
did anyone ever have an experience like this the first time your child got sick? were you as scared as i was? i felt like a new mom all over again.
greyson is 100% again and mommy & daddy have gained more parenting skills first hand.
wow -what a night!

15 comments:

Jenny said...

Yes I have been right were you where in WAL-MART.

Beth said...

Wow....poor little guy. That has happen to me before too..but our little guy was just getting over his sickness. We thought that he was all better so we decided it would be ok to get him out. So we went to Wal-Mart and he did the same thing, but in the baby section. It was not very fun. I hate it when they get sick...it can be pretty scary...especially when they can't tell you what is wrong. Hope he is feeling better now!!

Ex-playgroup mommy said...

It's hard when your baby throws up for the first time -- not spit up but the real thing! Drew was just two when it happened and I was a wreck! I hope Greyson is feeling better and that you are okay!!

Drywall Mom said...

When my son was born he seemd to catch everything that came along. When he was 2 months old, my husband and I got the flu and then my son got it. It was awful, we were checking his temp all day an when it spiked to 102 we took him to the emergency room (since it seems like it's always at night when they do this) and when we got there they checked him at 103.5. They had to check him for menegitis. It was awful watching him in the hostpital for those two days.

I'm sorry that you had to go through that when you wern't even at home. I hope he is felling better today.

tara said...

thank-you ladies for your comments and words of encouragement! our little man is still doing fine. it's like it left just as fast as it came. that was some stomach bug! yes, very scary for him and me. but, thanks again i really appreciate your concern!! -tara

chesneygirl said...

OH Tara, how awful and scary!

The first (and only) time my son has gotten violently sick like that we were at home. It was first thing in the morning.
Since it started before I left for work I was able to stay home and take him to the dr. He threw up in the car, the dr. office waiting room and the exam room.
It was awful! The only good thing was, I didn't have to try to explain to the dr what was wrong!
He got sick every about every half hour for about 6 hours.
By bedtime he was back to himself as if nothing had happened!

Renee said...

I felt so bad for you, just reading about it. I was trying to think if my kids had ever gotten sick like that in public and nothing came to mind, so I guess I've just been lucky. Or I'm old and just forgot about it!
Glad to hear Greyson is feeling better now.

LZ Blogger said...

This is my first visit to your blog. Sorry about the scary WalMart story! I think your picture posts are just darling! What a very cute family! ~ jb///

Shannon said...

It is scaring, you just wish they could explain everything to you, huh? One Christmas season we headed in center city Philadelphia to take in the site and stopped in Burger King to get lunch (Morgan was about 2). We had my brother in law with us, I think he was a teenager then. We were all dressed up and Morgan turned and threw up all over me, smelled like sour milk. We had to end the day and drive home with the window down. It was cold and I think Christian was sure he never wanted kids! (he now has two!) Now we can laugh about it!

Heidi said...

omgoodness, tara!

I haven't had to experience the public puke-fest yet, but I agree when they vomit it is scary. Especially when they're that little...

My youngest, Emily, (2y/o) screams when she pukes. she hates it sooo much! :( poor things.

hope he's feeling better.

Brighton said...

The first time your child vomits is very scary. Mostly because you don't know how they will react to it. Our oldest daughter has Down Syndrome, vomiting freaks her out and she gets the added bonus of dehydrating in no time flat. So vomit=hospital stay for her.
Hope the little guy is happy and healthy again!

Spikey1 said...

Awwwwwwww, poor guy. Come to think of it.. lots of times on me at home but never in public. Hope he is back to his normal self now! Cheers.

bookwormaddict said...

WOw what a story! That lady was an angel to help out like that and for Wal-Mart to give you new towells to dry him off with...very nice of them and impressive:) Glad he's feeling better and that you're well.

Chris said...

Oh Tara, that is horrible. I am so sorry. I am glad he is better. :)

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