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My Phobia

Happy Thursday!  We’re almost to the long, holiday weekend and I can’t wait!  Except now I have to worry about one of my biggest phobias – getting the stomach flu!!!  Yesterday on the way home from school Aiden tells me his stomach is hurting.  After that he never says another word about it and he ate supper last night.  Then at bedtime he says his stomach is hurting again.  To bed he goes, falls asleep and I start to panic that it’s going to be a long night.

An hour and a half later we hear a thump.  Andy goes to Aiden’s bedroom to check things out and doesn’t come back for about 10 minutes.  When he does come back he says “Aiden’s sick.”  No, he didn’t throw up but he did have diarrhea and was complaining that his lower abdomen hurt really bad.  Andy put him on the floor of our bedroom to sleep.  Aiden laid there writhing around in pain, he just couldn’t get comfortable.  We went to bed about that time and listened to Aiden squirming around on the floor next to our bed.  I finally fell asleep but was woken up a number of times through the night by Aiden’s moving around and going to the bathroom. 

This morning he got up, put on some clothes and ate breakfast like nothing ever happened.  He says his lower abdomen still hurts a little, but is feeling much better.  Throughout this whole thing he has never had a fever, never thrown up.  I’m at a loss and of course I start to panic and go through all the awful things it could be – Appendicitis anyone?  Scary! 

Because Aiden says it doesn’t hurt nearly as bad and he’s not writhing around in pain anymore I called the nurse at the local clinic to get her advice.  She said there are a lot of viruses going around again/still and to just keep him hydrated, give him small, bland meals and to keep an eye on him.  We scheduled an appointment for late in the day but if he continues to get better to call and cancel it.  So basically it’s a wait and see kind of game.  Boo.

Now, on to the phobia part of this.  I have a crazy, intense phobia of getting the stomach flu.


I panic more about getting the flu than I do about bad weather.  When I hear that someone else has the flu I go into freak out mode.  And if someone I’ve been around gets the flu I immediately have flu-like symptoms – my stomach aches, I have diarrhea, I feel faint and icky all over.  I panic myself into having the stomach flu!  It’s so bizarre and totally stinks!  I boycott  Facebook in the winter time because I’m worried I’ll read that one of Aiden’s classmates has the flu and then I’ll be worried sick until he comes down with it himself.  I have no idea why the flu freaks me out so bad.  No one likes to throw up, obviously, but most do not have the same freak out fear as I do.  Maybe I need psychological help, ha ha!

This weekend we have a family wedding that is an hour away so I will panic the entire time and worry that one of us will start throwing up (even though that doesn’t appear to be one of the symptoms of this particular virus, if that’s what it is).  I have panicked myself into not going to events before because I’ve been so worked up that we would get the flu.  This is obviously a big problem for me. 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, today I have both boys, both who feel relatively normal, and they are driving me NUTS already!!!  And it’s not even 9:00 yet!  Tuesday is Aiden’s last day of school (they are out at 11:00, why are they even going?!?), so today is giving me a taste of what is to come.  I’ll be kicking them outside quite a bit to burn off energy I think! I need to get my summer plan together so we aren’t bored.

Send me good, healthy thoughts today so hopefully I don’t get whatever it is/was that ailed Aiden! 



  1. I hope you don't get sick! There is nothing worse than the stomach bug and taking care of kids. Awful! I hope you have a great holiday weekend!

  2. Oh, I hope it was just a 24-hour bug. That would stink if someone got the flu while you were all traveling! Fingers crossed!

  3. Oh no! I hope Aiden stays puke free and it is a fluke. Maybe he is just nervous that it is his last day of school or soemthing!

    I am 100% with you though. The stomach flu is no joke. We had it a couple of Christmases ago. It started with Todd then worked its way to Molly and then finally myself and Brady. It was an amazing Christmas break....

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I am sending you puke free vibes!!!

  4. Aww, poor Aiden!! So, how is he feeling now? Did you end up going in to the Dr?
    My fingers are crossed that this is where it stops, that none of the rest of you get sick!! It's kind of a funny phobia to have!
    Hopefully he is on the mend!!
    I really can't believe your kids get off school so early!! Our school goes until the end of June! And I mean, the last possible weekday in June!! Even in high school we had exams until the end of June!
    Have fun this weekend!!

  5. Ahh, we've been living the same thing this week! My son had a stomach bug - it wasn't the flu - but definitely a stomach bug with bad stomach pains and super uncomfortable. He did get sick a couple of times, but it only lasted a couple days, thank goodness! Hope the worst is over for your household!

  6. HOlla! You got the GIF!!!! I will be thinking your family and praying you don't get the stomach flu!!