I Suck At Vomit

I can handle a lot of things, but I suck at vomit. If there’s someone around me throwing up or feeling nauseous, I want out. I don’t want to be around it. I don’t want to see anyone throwing up. I don’t even want to take care of my own kids when they’re vomiting.

Isn’t that a horrible thing for a Mom to say? But it’s true. I can handle anything, just not throw up of any kind. I’ve always been this way. Always. Blood? No problem. Poop? I’m your girl. But throw up? Not going to happen. EVER.

Obviously no one likes getting sick, but I have an intense fear of vomit. It’s a fear, just like other people are afraid of spiders, snakes, or flying.

That’s why, the other night, when Avi started throwing up in the middle of the night, it was especially painful. I tried to help. I tried to be there for her. I tried not to throw up myself. But you see, if I’m around someone who’s throwing up, I throw up also.

I can’t help it.

I can handle a lot of things, but I suck at vomit.

I can handle a lot of things, but I suck at vomit.

I had my ear plugs in, trying hard not to hear THAT horrible sound, and you know what I’m talking about, but it was no use. I could hear it. Jon knows this about me, and understands I try my best. Thank goodness, where I fall short, he shines. I’ve never seen someone handle vomit as well as my husband. It’s a true blessing, especially for someone like me.

She’s feeling a little better, finally. It came on quickly and strong, but it was short lived. Now, we wait. We wait to see if there will be any other victims in our family. Just to be safe, I’ve switched to soup, crackers, and Ginger Ale. No need to temp fate.

It’s just part of family life. When one person gets a virus, it tends to go through a family, swiftly and hard, and doesn’t discriminate. It’s no fun. This is especially true if you have young kids, who usually get sick often and pick up everything going around. If you’re a parent or grandparent, I’m sure you can relate.

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It’s the downside of family life, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Vomit and all, I’ll take it.

I hope everyone in your family is safe, but if not, you aren’t alone.

Find meaning each day,

Dara

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