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Smockity Family Stricken With Plague!

We suspend the regularly scheduled viewing of Smockity Frocks to bring you the stomach virus.

I’m talking about the wretch up everything ya got and then what ya don’t every 10 minutes kind.

For hours on end.

And Mr. Smockity  is out of town.

That’s right. Because we like to go big or go home around here.

So pass on your condolences in the comments section and any tips you have for surviving this kind of thing and hopefully we’ll be back in business soon.

Incidentally, I read that *apple cider vinegar mixed with honey and water would put a stop to this, which would be neat IF I COULD GET ANYONE TO DRINK IT.

Apparently, I’m the only one around here who doesn’t mind drinking vinegar, and I can’t tell you if it worked or not because I immediately threw it up. And in case you’re wondering, when something is nasty going down, it’s adding insult to injury to have to endure it going the other way too.

And in case you weren’t wondering… sorry about that.

*A special THANK YOU to my friends, Karla and Jami, who brought over the vinegar, popsicles, Gatorade, soup, and crackers!

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  1. Oh so very sorry to hear this, Connie. When mama’s sick YOU KNOW IT”S BAD!
    Praying for you guys!

  2. Oh Yucky!!

    I wish I had a great tip! Our doc used to tell me to drink what we could hold down, even if it was soda and popsicles…just get the fluid in there.

  3. Oh Connie!
    You poor dear! Are you sure your husband didn’t plan to be out of town for this, maybe even unconciously? ;) At least in my home, it seems that my hubby picks the most opportune times to be unavailable! (I’m not husband bashing-my hubby is an awesome man-his timing is just unbelievable!) =)
    I hope you feel better soon. Unfortunately, the only remedy I know for the flu is to bear with it until it leaves. It’s a nasty visitor that has always done whatever it feels like in my home, and I’ve felt powerless to its demands.
    I hope you find a helpful remedy thru one of your other readers, and sending my virtual hugs to you and your family. (Real hugs would probably make things worse anyway, at least for right now!)

  4. I’m a new reader around here, and thoroughly enjoy your site. And I’m a Mom who has endured the same with an absent husband, although admittedly not in the same quantity of kiddos. I pray it passes as quickly as it came and stays gone, forever and ever, Amen. Bless you, Smockity family !!

  5. Hope you feel better soon, I had to laugh at the last paragraph. Not sure I would try drinking it again:)

  6. We had this about a month ago. Hang in there Connie. Hoping all is well soon!

  7. What we have used is: You buy a large can (or more for the family) of fruit in heavy syrup. We use peaches but any fruit in HEAVY syrup will work. You will only be using the liquid part. Take a few tablespoons liquid & drink it. Wait 15 minutes & do it again. It will give you a boost (sugar) and it will settle your stomach. Repeat every 15 minutes for an hour. You should feel better soon. Hope it helps!

  8. Every time that we have had this in our family the dr. recommended this…..1tsp every 15min of anything clear liquid. If you can hold that down you can gradually build up. Other than that keep buckets near by or plant yourself in front of the toilet ( which ever you prefer) LOL. I am sorry that you are going through this. I know that it is not pleasant at all. Good luck and I pray for it to pass quickly.

  9. Don’t use Gatorade. It is an isotonic solution that actually attracts water in your body to it and then you throw it up. You are actually dehydrating yourself faster because you are getting rid of the gatorade and the water it attracted. My family (5 kids) all went through it and nothing stopped it, it just had to run its course. Sipping from a frozen pedialyte pop or just ice will keep your lips moist and provide some relief. Prayers sent.

  10. I’m so sorry. We just got thru having this run rampid thru our house. Knocked out 5 of the 10 of us for days. Hope you guys are feeling better soon!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    No tips just great sympathy! I have heard good things about vinegar but most of my darlings would not touch it either. Hope you feel better soon. it is awful I know!

  12. Praying for your quick recovery!

  13. Ugh that’s miserable! :( The best thing you can do is to put some good bacteria in your stomach to help fight the bad ones! Probiotics, yogurt with live cultures, sauerkraut with live cultures…
    Good luck i hope it goes away soon!

  14. Sorry to here your family has the yuks. We us coke syrup to help us get over the upset tummy portion – it used to be available at pharmacies, but flat coke will work too. allow the sick ones to sip about a tbsp or so every 15 min. if they hold it down for an hour our so then they can have something to eat (crackers, weak tea) – if they can’t , at least its not awful the second time around. Hope everyone is feeling better soon.

    • Exactly what the pharmacist told my hubby. Flat coke is my miracle cure. If you have coke (not diet) then pour it back and forth between 2 cups to help get the bubbles out. I hate having the “dry heaves” as we call it. And I could set my watch by them…awful…no sleep. Before this cure I’ve ended up in the E.R. with dehydration. Prayers for you guys!

  15. I’m with Monica. Get a good probiotic and start everyone on it whether they’re sick or not. If you’re concerned about the capsule coming back up, open it and dissolve the powder in a tablespoon of water and let it slowly sit in the mouth for a little bit before slowly swallowing. I hate to say that it’s a sure thing, but it’s worked pretty incredibly every time we’ve used it.

  16. Oh…and stop eating or drinking/swallowing. Nobody’s going to die if they don’t eat something, and all food and too much liquid does is get rejected, or if it’s got sugar in it, feed the nasties. My doctor told me once to only put as much in your mouth as you can hold when you dip a straw in water…you know how you can put your finger over the top and it create the vacuum so it won’t flow out the other end. He said that’s enough liquid to stave off dehydration if you do it every 15 minutes or so , and since most of it is absorbed into the soft tissues in the mouth it doesn’t hits the stomach and start things going again.

  17. Bless your heart, Connie. Only you could make misery sound so funny. ;-) Hope you’re all feeling better soon.

  18. The truth is, by the time you are already throwing up, it’s probably too late for vinegar. It helps most if you can take it at the first inkling that something might be amiss in the digestive regions.
    Some of mine drink it straight (GAG)
    some with honey and water
    I like it mixed with a small bit of olive oil, plenty of herbs (and garlic which is also good for teh immune system) and then I dip pieces of toasted home-made bread into it and eat it.=)

    there are also vinegar pills you can take which do help a bit, and you can take them after you’re already sick, but they are not as affective as vinegar downed at the first twinge.

    For the other tummy trouble, the one requiring lots of potty time, whole cloves (NOT garlic cloves, as one friend tried), in water. Enough to flavor the water, and then just sip that all day. I put the cloves in a teaball and just drop it in cold water and sip tiny bits. It tastes better than vinegar, and does help gently restore ‘regularity.’

    P.S. if you have another email address besides the smockity frocks one, can you email me with it? Thanks.

  19. I’m so sorry! It’s no fun to be sick and taking care of little sickies too! :(
    Sugar depresses the immune system so avoid it. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, even too much fruit or starches.
    If you have any mint or ginger tea or lozenges they help with the nausea. Or chew mint gum.
    Take vitamin C every 2 hours. Yes it will be coming out the other end liquid but it will get you over it faster, and contrary to the urban myth, it’s not going to overdose you on vitamin C if you take a couple thousand mg of it every couple hours. Really. I do it every time I’m sick. But if you get the hard-pressed kind it will be hard for your body to absorb. Better to get gel capsules because the ascorbic acid (vit. C) crystals in them are easier to absorb and don’t go to waste like the compacted kind do.
    For kids too little to swallow vitamin capsules, EmergenC is great. Just don’t let them have anything to drink except EmergenC and water. All day. All night. Again with the running out the other end but if they’re drinking enough of it to keep the poo running, they are drinking enough of it to stay hydrated.
    Eat lots of protein. Especially chicken. It will help you sleep and fuel the internal war going on. Try to avoid milk. Milk generates mucous which will make you gag and retch. Breastfeeding the baby doesn’t count. In fact when I have sick toddlers and a breastfeeding baby too, providing I’m not sick myself, I try to increase my supply and feed pumped breastmilk to the toddler(s) instead of mucousy cows milk. In the case of mama being sick too though don’t try it. You need that energy to get better, don’t put it into making extra milk. If you have frozen though, now’s a good time to break it out.
    Some herbs that are good for when you FIRST start feeling “off” are Echinacea and Golden Seal. If you can catch it early enough, those can knock out a cold or flu before it gets bad. They’re still good after the ick has set in, but don’t have as drastically awesome an effect. Echinacea tea can be found in most grocery stores, and walmart carries gel capsules of both the golden seal and echinacea.
    A humidifyer helps alot. If you don’t have one, keep a pot of water boiling all day.
    If the kids can’t sleep due to stuffies, put Vicks on the soles of their feet and then socks to hold it on right before bed. Helps keep their air passages clear enough to sleep some.
    Children’s Chestal Honey and Hyland’s Cold n Cough 4 Kids are good mild young-age-limit decongestants. A pharmacist told me it’s okay to use children’s Benadryl to treat the congestion and help them sleep also.
    Sending lots of HUGS and hope you’re all feeling so much better by morning!

  20. I’ve just realised every item in this list we call something different here in Australia, so I hope I got the translations right. For things to keep down it was always flat (or watered down) lemonade (sprite etc, lemon lime soda or something? not the homemade lemon, sugar, water kind, the clear bubbly kind) , jelly (jell-o), ice blocks (popsicles?) and toast (vegemite toast being in australia, but you can have jam (jelly) or peanut butter I suppose.

  21. Oh no, so sorry! Probiotics … Vitamin C!

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