I never thought it could be happen-- I had never heard of such a thing, but after "surviving" a really not so awesome week in the life of Max, I thought I should share...
It started on Sunday night
So naturally, as I worrier, I assumed he had some horrible disease or that something was eating his insides or that his body had suddenly changed and he was now allergic to milk, and wheat, and water, and air. Literally, I am praying at this point that God would help me capture my fear- you can't parent out of fear, fear is of the devil-- and that he would give me Mommy-intuition to know what to do and when to do it.
That evening, after recovering from being covered in someone else's throw up, I contacted Laura from Moms on Call-- I've mentioned her 10000 times and I'll say it again- she is so wonderful and so encouraging and knows just what to say/ when to send you to a doctor, etc... she too thought it was just a virus, explaining that it can last about a week if he's only throwing up once a day, whereas someone who vomits 100 times in a day will be over it in 12 hours.
On Friday, he threw up one more time, while at my parents, just a small amount, and then never again. He still never complained of pain, he never had a fever, and really, besides some whiny-ness, he was himself. THEN 4 days after the end of Max's virus, my Dad and my brother got it-- only Uncle Eli was like seriously knocked on his butt for a week and couldn't move-- he did the fever, the paleness, the whole nine yards. My Dad on the other hand was traveling for business and basically just didn't eat to avoid any "incidents" from happening in the presence of his customers. THEN an entire week, 7 whole days, after Eli's last day of being sick, my mom got it. She too had a fever, major tummy pain, and the stomach virus. Hers was quicker but she still didn't have an appetite for about 5 days.
I tell you all this just to warn you that it is possible-- although we typically hear of stomach viruses thrusting themselves upon us with full force, making life hellish for a mere 24-48 hours, they can stick around, and wreak havoc slowly and steadily for a week, plus! How's that for fun?