When good holidays go bad or why I’m off food

28 Mar

The Hungry Mum is, for the first time in a very long time, not hungry. A nasty bout of gastro has put paid to the idea of food, cooking or even – gasp – baking. So far Miss 4 and 6 have been spared the bug but this thing is so contagious that I’m on constant gastro alert. Nothing more substational than dry crackers has passed my lips in four days and for me to not even by thinking about food is honestly a first.

To make matters worse the gastro hit while I was in Brisbane, catching up with a girlfriend. Child-less, husband-less, footloose and fancy free. This reunion was 7 years in the making and highly anticipated by both of us. Holed up in a swanky hotel when you are hit by a ‘both ends’ bug in the middle of the night while your friend is also struck down by said bug is unfun. We saw each other at our very worst and couldn’t do much about it. In a hotel room with a shared bathroom there is nowhere to hide. In years to come we will laugh about this. So I’m told…

I was meant to be on an early morning flight home the next day but there was *no* way that was going to happen. Cue 6am incoherent phone calls to the front desk to extend my stay [and send more toilet paper, please] and to the airline to re-arrange my flight. All the while running to the loo. Calling The Hungry Dad and then doing the frantic school drop off/pick up shuffle with mother-in-law and lift home from Sydney airport request to my mum. My lovely friend, despite being sick herself, insisted on caring for me and driving back and forth to the hotel to drop off water, crackers and Gatorade. Bless. 

Hopefully I’ll get my food mojo back soon. In the meantime I’m down to my goal weight, an event that caused the Hungry Dad to remark that I should market my getaway/weight loss regime to mums everywhere. Any takers?


8 Responses to “When good holidays go bad or why I’m off food”

  1. The Modern Home Economist March 28, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    You poor thing. That sounds terrible. I hope you feel better soon…

    • thehungrymum March 28, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

      Thanks. Here’s hoping that was my last gastro for several lifetimes.

  2. lucy sweet March 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Sign me up!!! : P

    • thehungrymum March 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

      Ha! I knew there would be someone who would tolerate gastro to drop some kgs. Who’d thunk it would have been you, Lucy?!

      • lucy sweet March 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

        Probably cheaper to poison myself rather than hop on a plane huh?!? I have always looked at gastro as involuntary detox : ) Pity I have only had it once or twice as an adult!

      • thehungrymum March 31, 2012 at 4:10 am #

        umm, yes- much cheaper! I never manage to grab these cheap fares that I always see advertised. Woe is me… 🙂

  3. Little Gumnut April 1, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    oooh you poor thing. Hope you’re over it now. We’ve had gastro but it’s been of the one vomit kind so very very mild.

    • thehungrymum April 1, 2012 at 6:54 am #

      I think everyone in Sydney has had this gastro [except my Misses 4 & 6 – am touching wood as I type]. All better now & boy oh boy – am I hungry!

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