Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The throw-up incident

It started out as a normal playdate. My friend Heather #2 showed up with her two children Jay and Zee. She came in and set her stuff down. Her kids ran into the family room to play with my kids.

They were here all of two minutes when we heard, “AAAAAAA!” from both Eli and his friend Jay. Heather and I went running into the family room just in time to see her son Jay throw up. Again.

Oh, double crap. The family room is carpeted. Before I could utter a very inappropriate “M*ther F*ck,” Eli screamed, “MOMMY!! Jay threw up on my ATM machine!!” For some reason, that added some levity to the situation. Eli’s best friend was obviously very sick, and he was ultimately concerned with the fact that his plastic ATM machine was covered in vomit – his friend’s welfare be damned! Why do I find this amusing?

After upchuck #2, Heather managed to get her son into the kitchen before vomit #3 hit. At least there’s no carpet in the kitchen. Still, I was left with the daunting task of trying to figure out how to get throw-up out of the carpet and keep my children from touching anything before I had sanitized the entire house.

On top of that, my friend Heather was mortified that her family paid a special visit just so her son could spew in three rooms of my house (he made it to the bathroom for the next one). As I was attempting to wipe up the carpet with wet towels, and spraying it with Clorox sanitizing spray, as well as spraying the kitchen down with Pine-Sol, Heather went to get out my vacuum.

Dude! It’s incredibly nice that you want to help clean up, but I’m thinking the best thing would be to remove the child before he has another projectile vomiting episode. When she saw him go white as a sheet, she decided that was in fact the best move, and managed to get him outside. I then looked out to see him tossing his cookies in the front yard. Poor kid.

They did finally manage to get on the road, and I have since found out that Heather and her other son got Jay’s stomach flu. Not. Cool.

Luckily, I managed to sanitize everything and give the children boiling, anti-bacterial baths, so we seemed to come through the incident unscathed. But, I think I’m going to schedule our next playdate at the park. Just in case.

10 comments:

Crazy Working Mom said...

Oh no! That's horrible! During my daughter's first birthday party she came down with some sort of stomach bug. There were about 50 guests...I think around 48 of them got sick witin the next few days following. Her b-day party attendance hasn't been the same since...poor thing!
Glad you guys managed to get by without catching it.

Sunrunner said...

Poor little guy!!! I hope the family is started to feel better.

Have you tried Oxyclean? Make a strong solution of it and saturate the carpet, or get the Oxyclean carpet spray. It works WONDERS!!!!! Trust me!

Kara said...

Ew! That really stinks! Hope you got the smell out of the carpet.

Sadie said...

dude, I thought that was funny too. Eli's ATM...

Julie said...

Remember in grade school, when a kid would puke in the hallway they'd have the janitor come up and sprinkle some sawdust-looking stuff on it? I think that was to absorb the puke before sweeping it up. I wonder if that's available in stores....or just through your local school janitor... it's worth a look!

SQT said...

Oh gag.

Morgen said...

All I can think of is:
what did that child have to eat before this happened? you'd think a 4 year old would have vomited himself out by the time he got to the bathroom, much less the YARD...
holy guacamole, blog mommy!

Desert Songbird said...

Ew, ew, ewwwww! The only thing worse than trying to clean throw up is cleaning up SOME OTHER KIDS' throw up! Ick! Besides, I'm thinking you didn't want your friend to try and clean up the vomit with your new Purple Friend. Am I right?

Sparky Duck said...

Natures Miracle, sold in Pet stores for cat vomit, also does miracles on the human kind. Though not so good for ATMs

Travis said...

GACK!!!!

**slow, deep breaths, swallow, breathe**

OK, I think I'll keep my dinner down.