Friday, September 14, 2007


If you live in Utah, you've heard about the swimming pool parasite going around. Well, it went around at my house. It his us HARD.

Friday night we had dinner and then loaded the kids in the van and headed to Payson to see the in-laws. As I got in the car I thought, "I kind of feel like I'm getting the flu". By the time we got to Payson, I could only crawl into the house and crash in the bed. I didn't leave the bed until 2:00 the next afternoon. I crawled out to the van and we headed home. By the time we got home, my wife was starting to feel sick. We turned the kids loose, told them they should act like adults, and went to bed. The next day, Sunday, was spent in the bed. My wife and I were both hammered. Fever, chills, intestinal problems, dehydration... I realized at this point that I hadn't eaten anything since Friday. Nor did I want to. I could hardly stand. At one point I remember thinking I had to eat something, so I ate a bit of yogurt. There weren't any clean dishes (remember, the kids had been placed in charge), so I ate it with a butter knife.

Over the course of about 3 days, I lost 8 pounds. We finally gave in, called my mom, and she came over to take me to the doctor. They ran a test to determine what we had already decided, we had cryptosporidium. It slowly made it's way through the whole house. My mom saved us by bringing dinner, cleaning the house, and taking us to the doctor. Mom's are the BEST.

Anyway, it's Friday, and I'm almost back to full strength. I'm weak, but at least I can eat. I came up with all of these great blog ideas while lying on my bed, swearing I would never go swimming again, but I think I've forgotten most of them. If I any come to me, and they are actually good ideas, and not delirium induced silliness, I'll post them.


Serenity said...

I laughed when you had to eat using a butter knife. Kids priorities are not the same as ours and you did put them in charge. :o) Glad you are feeling better. It sounded bad although if I lost weight I wouldn't complain personally! :o)

shelleylyn said...

No more swimming pools.

Jenn loves Derek said...

LOL!! I have so been there! (butter knife, except I think I used a small plastic spatula to eat potatoes.)
about 9 years ago right after our third baby was born (and our oldest was 3) my mom came and saved the day when my hubby and I both got Strep. It was so bad it litterally kept us down for a week.

My Mom, passed away 5 years ago and I miss her so much. But I confess I miss her the most when I am so sick that I cannot function.

What is with the water here in Utah anyways? I am a stay at home mom (who spends most of her time driving kids to and fro. I just know that kids 5 and under should not go in public pools.