I wrote this at the beginning of the week. But, with the move, I am only posting it now.
So, please think of this as being posted 5 days ago.
We are still in the process of transitioning to our new house. Boxes are everywhere and it is getting difficult to maneuver.
On top of everything, Raizel and now my husband both caught a very nasty stomach bug.
So, I had a week of packing boxes and doing lots of laundry.
In light of our household activity, I thought I would take a moment to share my thoughts on how to eat when affected by gastroenteritis, or vomiting and diarrhea.
As a nurse and an acupuncturist, and a mother of medically challenged children, I have lots of experience with this subject area.
When I was in school, I remember it was commonly recommended for people to follow the B.R.A.T. diet: bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.
Personally, I do not believe that one needs to be strictly limited it to the B.R.A.T. menu. I believe that people should eat easy to digest food that is gentle on the stomach.
In my experience, food should be introduced as tolerated. I have found oatmeal or cooked cereal, potatoes to work as well.
The most important thing is to stay well hydrated.
When Yaffa was a baby, we used to give her pedia-lite through her feeding tube. I think it prevented multiple hospitalizations many times. Thank God, our feeding tube days are in the past.
If not using electrolytes fluid replacement, I recommend ginger, chamomile or peppermint tea. As I have shared, tea is very important and even medicinal in my book. And, of course, chicken soup is truly “Jewish Penicillin.”
I consider it to be somewhat miraculous that I so far (knock on wood, or “poo poo” as we say) I did not catch have this very nasty bug.
Since I ran out of herbal tea, I started drinking hot water with a fresh squeezed lemon. I do not know the mechanics, but I believe that there is something very medicinal about fresh lemon juice.
Parenthetically, I also used ammonia and/or borax and soap to clean up. My theory, as yet unproven, is that any potential contamination was killed by the acidity of the lemon juice together with the ammonia or borax.
So, while Jay and Raizel were sick, neither of them had much of an appetite. As they were beginning to build up an appetite, Jay was only interested in eating eggs.
This is not necessarily unremarkable.
The only problem is, I have an airborne egg allergy. It is one of those strange allergies that really affects my life.
So, cooking eggs for everyone was an act of true self sacrifice. I had to open up the windows in the kitchen and put on the fan to avoid “eau d’egg.”
Eggs over hard are my husband’s favorite way to eat eggs. My husband says that eggs over hard means breaking the egg into the frying pan, and, while it is still cooking, break the yolks prior to flipping it over.
These are my husband’s instructions for making these eggs:
- Fry the egg until the edges are a little crispy
- Break the yoke and let it run a little bit.
- Using a spatula, flip the egg over
- Cook until the edges are more crispy
Here is my attempts:
My husband and Raizel were soooooo happy. I made them 2 days in a row. I also added fried bread since our toaster was packed. I was so happy to see them eating again!
Not only that, the open window and using the fan seemed to work — no ill effects from being around eggs while they are cooking!
My next goal is to teach Raizel how to make them herself, so I won’t have to worry about avoiding the fumes.