What I LOVE about Norovirus…

Noro-Nightmare 2014 has been a painful, frustrating, and just plain gross test of endurance.  Taking care of Noro-Nolan, just a couple of days after the worst of my personal Noropocalypse has been the fight of my life (I’ve led a sheltered life).  I’m not ashamed to admit that the only reason I haven’t cried is because I can’t spare the fluids.  It’s been awful.  

But I’ve learned something about love

1. Love is a steroid – I had slept about three hours the night before Nolan got sick.  Then at 11:00PM the top came of that kid and he turned into Linda Blair (as tempted as I am I won’t link to video of Exorcist vomiting scene).  Every half-hour until 7:00AM.  I didn’t sleep at all that night.  Last night, just as we were getting ready for bed Nolan started to complain of his stomach again.  I told Kristan, “I just can’t do another night”.  But when The Exorcist 2 began…it wasn’t difficult.  

When love is your motivation you push past your physical limits and do the work you know you need to do. 

2. Love is a pretty girl – I’m not a risk-taker by nature.  I don’t like breaking rules.  Once in college, however, I jumped a fence and went swimming in a pool after hours.  Why?  Kristan asked me to.  I wouldn’t jump off a bridge b/c my friends are jumping, but if Kristan told me to go for it…well…off I go.  

I hate vomit as much as anyone.  I don’t want to see it, smell it, or even hear it.  It’s gross.  But I love Nolan & love makes you do things you don’t want to do.

3. Love is a drug – As much as I have hated every moment of Noro-Nightmare 2014 I have enjoyed being able to serve.  I have been able to show love to my son and to my wife (who we are trying to protect from getting sick).  I have found myself (perhaps b/c of all the extra time from not sleeping) looking for ways to show love to others.  I don’t want to clean any more vomit…but I find myself wanting to make people smile.

** So, there ya go Kristan – this is me taking your advice and trying to “be positive”

 

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One response to “What I LOVE about Norovirus…

  • laurie31304

    Thanks for sharing! Mothers around the world feel your pain! :)) Now that is something positive to think about….welcome to the club, Mike!

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