For the past couple days, Charlie has been a little pukey, but overall has seemed in good spirits. But this morning, I found him in his bed with dried throw-up all over his sleeper and pack-n-play. And his room wreaked of, well, throw-up.
And an hour later, he has 4 diarrhea diapers right in a row. This launches a barrage of questions about what might be causing his tummy bug:
In the last 2 weeks, has he…
-Had any bug bites?
-Eaten anything strange (plants, bugs, dirt, parasites, etc)?
-Drank anything strange (dirty water, etc)?
-Touched anyone with something contagious?
-Been touched by anyone with something contagious?
-Where have we been?
-Is it just a 24-hour viral flu or is it something African?
-What are his vomit and diarrhea like?
-What other symptoms does he have?
-At what point would we need to get medical help and what tests should they run?
-What seasonal sicknesses are going around right now (malaria, cholera, giardiasis, etc)?
And believe me, that’s just the beginning. Out come the self-help books, like Village Medical Manual, to help make a diagnosis.
Thankfully, this time, after I’ve spent a couple hours reading, thinking through things, and monitoring Charlie, he seems to be turning the corner. Increased appetite, no throw-up, no more diarrhea for a few hours, wet diapers, and getting into mischief.
So, today, I thank God for just another ordinary upset tummy and not anything serious!