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In Which Nature Ruins A Beach Vacation

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While I was doing a telephone interview this morning about Little Way, my daughter Nora slipped me the above note.

The answer, alas, is no, we are not going to the beach after all. We’ve had this week’s Gulf coast vacation in the works for weeks, and the kids have been ramped up with excitement for the past few days. But last night, the dirty rotten vicious stomach virus going around town struck our house in a pretty gruesome way. Julie was up all night throwing up, and is still in bed here just before noon. Given the reports from other families in town, this thing is likely to go through my entire family in the next 24 hours. The prospect of being cooped up in a beach condo with three upchucking children, plus my own fine self, was incredibly discouraging. So we pulled the plug. You can well imagine how popular Mom and Dad are around my house this morning. I suspect they will understand soon enough why this was necessary.

Thank heaven Julie bought trip insurance when she booked this trip. We would have taken a hard hit in the bank account if not. If it had been my doing, I wouldn’t have bought the insurance — whoever makes a claim on trip insurance? — and I would have been wailing and gnashing my teeth right now, mourning the lost $2,000. My advice to you: always buy trip insurance

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#1 Comment By The Wet One On April 2, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

That’s lousy. Hope you all get well soon. I had a similar bug myself. Ended up in hospital to get rehydrated. That’s what happens when you have large scale fluid loss from both ends of the tubing for hours. I sincerely hope none of the Drehers’ get it that bad. No need for hospital trips on top of missing out on a holiday.

Curse those virii and bacterial foes!!!

#2 Comment By Rachel Young On April 2, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

I’ve always been reluctant to buy trip insurance because the fine print makes it seem like it’s hard to qualify for reimbursement. Best of luck to you guys and hope you’re feeling better soon.

#3 Comment By Charles Cosimano On April 2, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

It would be unseemly to laugh at your predicament, but a disaster like this would make a great movie script.

Of course if one wished to invoke the memory of Dr. Macabre, then change it to the middle ages and a pilgrimage to some obscure shrine being visited by the Black Death.

#4 Comment By Mary Russell On April 2, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

Yep, the norovirus thing hit my family this past weekend, sparing only myself and the baby. (Go breastfeeding!). My son and I were the last ones standing, and we were the only representatives of our family at Easter mass. And, gotta say, this one has legs- my poor daughter had it for almost a week.

#5 Comment By Liam On April 2, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

Warning: norovirus (aka stomach flu or, by nurses as “throw-and-go”) is MOST contagious for several days *after* the symptoms abate – very different from other viruses in that respect. That’s why its SO contagious (especially in vacation resorts and ships, where people don’t want to waste $$$ by quarantining themselves after their symptoms abate).

#6 Comment By Helen On April 2, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

Two of my three kids were vomitting last night. We got the one kids and the bed cleaned up and then bam, the other one hurls all over it. I learned that we need more than two matress pads and two sets of sheets for that bed. Luckily the littlest didn’t throw up. She was wailing until we let her out of bed to watch the festivities, and then she was thrilled to stand in the hall outside her siblings’ room and watch us run around trying to contain the damage. The little one has few words, but she did interject a few “Oh NOOO!”s at the appropriate moments. Good times.

Dealing with late-night vomitting is what parenting is all about, isn’t it. 😉

#7 Comment By delagar On April 2, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

Helen: Love the “Oh NOOO!”s!

#8 Comment By Coleman Glenn On April 2, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

Ooooh, cancelling a beach vacation? What a terrible thing to do!

When my mom was 8-months pregnant with my youngest sister Laura, we were all set to go to the shore when my mom starting having contractions. And so on the chance that she MIGHT have the baby, we cancelled the trip. She did have the baby a few days later, but it still seemed a pretty lame excuse to my 7-year-old self – why couldn’t she have just gone to a hospital near the beach house?

And of course to this day my other siblings and I blame and tease Laura for ruining our summer vacation 22 years ago.

Sorry about the bug – hope you and your family feel better soon.

#9 Comment By Karen On April 2, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

Okay, what is up with you Drehers’?

I’ve been reading your blog for years now and I honestly can’t believe how often you all get sick. And you homeschool!!

I feel really bad for you; the kids must be devastated.

[Note from Rod: I dunno. This virus is going around town bigtime now. My brother-in-law has been in bed all day with it, as has Julie. Mike was so sick he couldn’t even go to town to get meds; I had to deliver them. The kids are really being mature about it, though I can’t imagine how sad they are. They’d been looking forward to this for a while. — RD]

#10 Comment By The Sicilian Woman On April 2, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

I am very curious to see whether you get reimbursed by your travel insurance. Several years ago, for the first time, I bought travel insurance through a company that was then called AccessAmerica, and is now called Allianz. I never buy additional insurance or extended warranties because they usually don’t cover what you need covered. But this one time, I did. I’m not sure why, but..

Suffice it to say, several calamities happened, and I needed to recoup every penny I could on travel costs. It was only then that I read reviews on AccessAmerica and my heart sank. There were dozens and dozens and dozens of universally terrible reviews about claims being denied for what seemed legitimate reasons. I sent in my claim anyway, and attached proof of aforementioned calamities, and got reimbursed for most of the applicable expenses. It was a few hundred dollars, not nearly as much as you’ll probably need, but I was so relieved. Good luck with this. Hope it works.

#11 Comment By J.J. Gonzalez Gonzalez On April 2, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

“You can well imagine how popular Mom and Dad are around my house this morning.”

At first I took your children’s side. Then yours.

BTW, I didn’t know there was such a thing as trip insurance. Forget health insurance (mostly useless), I want trip insurance.

#12 Comment By Rod Dreher On April 2, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

It’s 7pm here, and my wife hasn’t been out of bed all day. She’s in awful shape. Though none of the rest of us are sick (yet?), we definitely made the right call, canceling the trip.

#13 Comment By Sharon Astyk On April 3, 2013 @ 10:10 am

Praying for it to go quickly and gently through all of you. As you read, we had two bouts of stomach virus this winter, and it was no fun – the latter took a whole week to go through the entire family and it was AWFUL. I wish for all of you quickness and ease and Julie to feel better soon.