It’s been a rough couple of weeks

We have not technically fallen off the edge of the earth but it is darn close. Larkin came home from the hospital a week ago but was terribly weak for 3 days. She slept between 15-20 hours but had stopped vomiting even though the other end kept going. By last weekend, she was back to “normal” eating, talking, and playing.  


I took her to school on Monday; Tuesday within a half-hour, I got the call that she was scaring them. Her fingers were blue and she would not eat, keep her head up, or play. When I got there, she was wilting fast so we left and she fell asleep in the car so soundly that I drove around doing errands so I would not have to move her.




She woke up and starting throwing up again. I will make this very long story short. Suffice to say two ED visits and many cancelations of plans she is one very sick little girl and it is not about her being Ketogenic. The Department of Public Health in Champaign County has contacted health providers to warn them. This is the highest numbers of GI bug cases they have EVER had.






The ED was insane. I had a choice to stay at Carle but frankly it is full of sick people and I just wanted to come home. Larkin’s blood was stable enough so we came home with Zofran (Hallelujah, Angels sing on High, LOVE that drug) I was sort of giggling at the numbers of people that actually go to the hospital thinking they can wave a magic wand. I wanted to gather them around and say “people go home and rest, drink plenty of fluids and watch for dehydration” – I could have saved them a ton of money.






Larkin scared me to the point that I reached for the phone and actually dialed the nine of 911. She could not stop throwing up and was so weak and I was alone. By the time, Andy drives home from East Urbana I may as well drive to Carle but I could not put her in a car seat like this and do it alone. My sweet girlfriends T and Irina had come over with lunch and they helped me clean up Larkin’s mess and hold her while I put on blush to go to the hospital. I gotta keep humor going here.





She is very weak but has kept down water, ice chips, and two crackers since yesterday. She will not even eat her favorite oyster crackers. She is on the mend but weak.





Yesterday I joined her. Now I know how bad she feels. My head has never hurt this badly and I would make a super model jealous with how I can’t keep anything in. Chase, my girlfriend T who held and cleaned up, and Daddy (15 minutes ago) also have it. If you have touched Larkin within the past 4 days, be afraid. Be very afraid.




Do not touch or breath around anyone, greet with the sign of peace, and make sure to wash your hands a lot. In fact, just wrap yourself in saran wrap until this passes. If the dogs come down with it, I just might start crying.



I have heard from many of you that the previous 2 posts aren’t showing up. Those were written on my laptop while in the hospital. Because of the Word format on that particular computer, the html translation caused problems. I think I corrected it and you should be able to catch up – not sure you want to though! HA

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6 Responses to It’s been a rough couple of weeks

  1. Lisa Frerichs says:

    Oh Amy….I don’t know how you do it, but I guess you don’t have a choice. Hang in there and keep your humor! We are praying for you and your family that this ugly bug will die out soon. We just got it in our house very early this morning so I hope it doesn’t travel far. I’m breaking out the Clorox this morning.

  2. cathy says:

    Oh man, I’m sorry to hear everyone is sick 🙁 I have to say though, it’s at all 3 schools that our kids attend- it is vicious and widespread…hugs and let me know if you want anything dropped at your doorstep. I think that’s about as close as I dare to get…in our thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery for everyone and no ickies for the pups!

  3. Melanie Bates says:

    Amy I am so sad to hear how bad this nasty bug got for you and your family . . .when I saw you in the ED I just assumed it was regarding L’s diet but didn’t have time to talk to you since we were just being called back! Take care of yourself and L and prayers for you and your family!!! Anah is starting to feel better and I will wish the same for you all!!!

    Hugs from the Bates family

  4. Terri says:

    Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that everyone gets better SOON!

  5. dana says:

    Yikes! Poor Armstrong family. I have heard about this evil bug. I hope you all start feeling better soon!

  6. Mara says:

    Shoshana is adding you, andy and chase to her prayer for health and well-being tomorrow at school. Larkin is always on her list.

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