Short post from me today.
I got sick while on a little family trip over the weekend.
We left on Friday afternoon after my husband Leki finished work and arrived to the Bellarine Big 4 site at around 3:30pm.
We had pre-cooked a lot of our meals, packed a lot of our usual goodies and had been prepared to have some quality R&R time.
We spent Friday maximising the sunshine because the forecast for Saturday was rain and grey clouds 🙁
Eme jumped on the trampoline, made new friends at the playground and we went for a nice swim together.
We then warmed our pre-prepped meal and had our dinner together at 7pm.
Later that Friday night I got violently sick.
Vomited 3-4 times, had the runs and achy joints all night. The works!
Woke up on Sat and the batteries were very flat! Btw #NotPregnant
I’m still not sure what caused my reaction.
I was the only one that fell ill.
Leki, Eme and Ky were all fine so I can’t really blame our food – which we all ate.
Leki seems to think that I picked up a bug somewhere that only I was susceptible to. As a result I was the only one that fell sick 🙁
Ky was upset wanting to be fed but I managed to breastfeed him 3-4 for the whole day as per usual!
Eme and Leki were pretty good making use of the family park even though the weather was pretty cold and rainy. He took the kids out for almost 4 hours to give some time to rest.
I didn’t plan on getting sick so I didn’t pack any medical supplies – not even panadol. I’m usually pretty good with remembering to bring some things but didn’t on this trip for some strange reason.
So here’s what we did to ensure I bounce back quickly.
I rested and slept for nearly all of Saturday.
The activated charcoal was mixed with a cup of water and taken with an empty stomach (didn’t want to eat anything at that stage).
Believe me it doesn’t look that nice but I knew it was going to help my upset stomach so down the hatch it went!
I wouldn’t say that I felt better straight away but it did seem to calm the rumbling in my stomach.
Leki and Eme both took some of the activated charcoal with water as a safety measure.
My understanding of activated charcoal is that it binds with all the nasty toxins in your stomach/guts so the body can get rid of it more effectively.
The probiotic has some ‘healthy/friendly’ bacteria to help repair the intestinal wall and fight the ‘bad’ bacteria.
Again, no immediate relief but every little bit counts.
It makes me think what I would have done if I was unwell and at home.
I may have gone to the local GP and she may have prescribed an antibiotic to kill the bacteria in my gut.
Sure, it would have fixed the problem but the issue with antibiotics is that it kills ALL bacteria. Both good and bad bacteria in your gut. So I try and avoid it unless I really need it to save me 🙂
So the rest of Saturday was pretty boring for me anyway. Mostly staying indoors while Leki took the kids to the local shopping centre, watched a movie at the park’s indoor cinema and playing outside.
By Saturday night I had recovered enough to eat something.
By Sunday morning I had recovered 80% and was able to enjoy the rest of our little trip especially the beach walk at Ocean Grove.
This had been a timely warning for me as we prepare for a little trip to Bali in late-October and I’d hate to fall sick over there!
I’ll be doing some research and become more knowledgeable about things to prepare before a trip to ensure my family stays healthy!