Sunday, August 08, 2010

I Quit!

Oh, Y'all. I swear. If I don't get a 12 month break from stomach viruses I am going to LOSE IT. How about even a 6 month break? 3 months? SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT when there have been FOUR stomach viruses in my house during 2010. So far, I have contracted three of them. NOT RIGHT.

I had to call and cancel my solo at church this morning. My name is printed in the bulletin. I'm supposed to be singing "The Holy City." There is no backup. I am just NOT THERE because I got BARFED ON and my husband is not home.

What am I doing wrong? No one else I know has four GI bugs a year. No one. I need help, y'all. If I catch this one, so help me GOD.


Angie said...

Oh, Katie. That is terrible. I'll keep my fingers crossed that at least you won't get it, too.

Marie Green said...

Oh, hey look! New posts happening over here, and I didn't even know!

Ok, so as far as the stomach bug thing goes... so sorry! I'm not helpful at all, since I don't own a single item that says "clorox" or "disinfectant" and my kids are never,ever sick. Perhaps our filth is helping them? Doubtful, but I think I'll go with that theory anyway. Makes me feel better. Germy houses, FTW! ;)

Natalie said...

AHHH. I hate stomach bugs more than anything. We're not prone to them in our house (well, I am, the other three in my family have not been). I have no idea why. I don't know that Lila's ever had a full blown bug and Olivia only one when she was about 11 or 12 months, I believe.

I can only suggest what I read on holistic blogs - so what you take from this will depend on how you feel about holistic medicine.

Probiotics daily. Given on an empty stomach while you make breakfast. EVERY DAY FOREVER. Whole Foods and Trader Joes sell good ones. suggests them somewhere on her website (search the site). They are pricey. So you may want to go with one brand at a local health food store. Ask someone there for help. I take one every single day and it helps. Since my kids tend not to get them, I haven't started them on them yet - though holistic MD's say I should be doing it...I follow NourishMD on Facebook. You may be able to hit their blog and contact them with this question.

Fermented foods. Americans (myself included) tend not to eat enough of them. Yogurt, kefir, saurkraut, kimchee, etc.

Coconut oil is antiviral and also has something in it to help prevent stomach bugs. Our Philipino sitters in Portugal ate 2-3 tablespoons of it a day (that's a lot, I don't think you need that much - I think that included cooking with it) and never get stomach bugs. They swear by it and I've read about it too.This article has links (see Weston Price one)

Make yogurt smoothies with it, popcorn, use it as an oil in curry dishes and in muffin batter, etc.

Sugar (even honey, maple syrup) taxes our immune system. So easy on the juice, snacks - even natural ones w/honey, etc.

Protecting gut flora can be difficult and a royal pain in the ass. But, if I were in your position, I'd be reaching out for help too! Good luck and hang in there.

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