Thank you to everyone who, upon reading my last post, commented, gave suggestions, lent support and made me laugh. Here are a few things I learned (from both your comments and my own experiences) during this very tough day.
Work can wait.
When everything's totally out of control there's still one thing I'm capable of changing: my attitude.
The life force doesn't drain from my body if I'm detached from my computer for more than 20 minutes.
Undiluted apple juice will make Delaney's already unpleasant diarrhea positively toxic (this is quite possibly the most valuable lesson of all).
When everything's totally out of control there's still one place I can go: my mama's house.
Virus is just another word for bastard.
My daughter can go nearly 21 hours without sleep. This is not, however, a skill I need her to demonstrate again.
Rules go out the window when your kid's sick. Ice cream sandwich for breakfast? Sure. Popsicle for lunch? Excellent choice. Sesame Street all day long? Why not. Up late watching TV with mom and dad? Join the party.
Sleep is not overrated.
Mothering burns calories. Another bonus? Tending to sweet, clingy babe leaves little time for snacking.
Watching your child suffer and being pretty powerless to do anything about it is at the top of the list of Dante's nine circles of hell.