On Sunday morning one of my boys woke up saying he felt like vomiting. Sure enough he was ill that day, vomiting and diarrhea which isn't a lot of fun out bush without the luxury of a flushing toilet and running water. Some how he'd managed to get gastro. Highly contagious.
It could have been him not washing his hands properly after going to the toilet, touching something germy, or someone else not washing their hands properly and him touching something they'd touched before eating with his fingers. Of all the times we've gone camping this is the only time this happened and so far he was the only one who was sick.
The following morning my other child had diarrhea. I spent those two days trying to disinfect everything and make sure my boys cleaned their hands properly. All we had by way of anything was baby wipes containing alcohol and a bottle of vodka.
By Tuesday my body was fighting off the onset of illness, doing it's best not to get sick. Luckily hubby and the other camp goers were spared. My boys spent those days vomiting, having bouts of diarrhea, feeling fatigued with a loss of appetite. While I had this overwhelming fatigue and a very foggy brain, I just couldn't function or concentrate and spent most of my time taking naps when ever I could.
Come Sunday, one week later, the first boy was sick all over again, the other was better, except for the odd vomiting during the night, and I was out for the count. My body put up a good fight but unfortunately the illness and my contact with my boys meant there was no avoiding the illness.
I spent another two days disinfecting everything, door handles, cupboards, surfaces, toys, dishes, drink bottles, toothbrushes. Putting towels, clothes and tea towels in the wash. Spraying everything with Nature Direct's Enviro Mist odor control and disinfectant. Trying to be rid of anything that might have the virus on it. I probably should have done that from the start, as soon as we were home, but I didn't think to do it. I thought I'd be ok if my boys kept washing their hands and we didn't share food or kisses.
Turns out gastro is contagious 3 days prior to symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) showing and 3 days to a week after symptoms pass. I probably had the onset of the virus the morning my son woke feeling queasy.
How do you deal with contagious illnesses that spread through the family?