Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Was It the Milk?

Once again, I am belatedly experiencing Pumpkin's latest illness. She had an upset tummy all weekend, and had to stay home from day care yesterday. Last night, I got sick, too. I thought I was better this morning and went to work, but had to leave halfway through the day. I feel so horrible that I can't even nap or read. I've just been lying on the sofa watching Monk and Law and Order reruns. I always feel guilty when I "waste" a day like this, but I'm not sure what the little voice in my head thinks I should be doing instead.

At least we know that Pumpkin's tummy distress wasn't a general problem with dairy. It had gotten better when we stopped giving her cow's milk. I was hoping that it was just a bug, but was afraid that we'd have to take Pumpkin off of dairy. We're still nursing, and I plan to keep that up, but I had finally decided to start tapering off the pumping at work, and am down to one pumping session per day. I really didn't want to start pumping more again, but also wondered if Pumpkin would like soy milk. I don't like it, but I'm not a huge fan of pureed bananas, either, and Pumpkin seems to like those.

Anyway, last night, I had a glass of the whole milk we usually give Pumpkin. A couple of hours later, I started feeling terrible. Maybe it was a coincidence, and I'd just caught whatever bug Pumpkin had. Or maybe the milk had gone bad. It was nowhere near its use by date, and tasted fine, but it still could have gotten contaminated, and it had been open for awhile.... We may never know what caused the problem. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if Hubby gets sick. He didn't have any of the milk, but he did change quite a few diapers during Pumpkin's illness!

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