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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Surviving Diarrhoea

It's been a tricky few days. Diarrhoea is not much fun at the best of times but trying to keep a strong-willed 3 year old on an electrolyte diet is an uphill battle guaranteed to fray nerves. She's a determined creature, that one. If she wants food, she's pretty determined to get food... by hook or by crook... unfortunately.

We have a gate fortifying the kitchen, put there almost two years ago for her benefit. However, it's pretty useless. She's worked out that if she applies sufficient brute force with her bare hands (bashing action), sooner or later brute force triumphs over technological ingenuity.

So she gets in, her primeval instincts take over and proceeds to raid the fridge, the cupboard and the benchtop.
It's mortifying and you can't reason with hunger it seems.
You can try but about 2% gets through. And then all the worst of human nature emerges.

Yesterday, I tried giving small amounts of bland stuff and the result was too much like toilet training for my liking. I ended up doing lots of cleaning.
Took her to the doctor's to get her checked out and was told that she had to go back on the electrolytes and flat lemonade for another 12-24 hours.
It's a bitter cure but it worked. She hated the Pedialyte but didn't mind the ice block version (another brand), Absurdly expensive... but it did appease the hunger pangs now and again.
Not before a lot of whining, spitting, screaming and tears.

At around one I offered her the first SAO biscuit. Held my breath waiting for the ablutionary follow-up but happily none occurred. So I inhaled. At the next hour I offered another and another in each subsequent hour until dinner time.

So this tale has a happy ending like Beauty and the Beast, which I've sat and watched 3 times in the last two days. Sigh, they don't make 'em like they used to.

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