gastro & party
, Aug 19 2012 08:36 AM
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:36 AM
If you were having a little get together at your home for your child's birthday for which a relative had come from interstate would you call it off if that relative came down with gastro overnight since they arrived?
I'm leaning towards YES but just unsure...
Bloody HELL!!!! Already made the cake, bought all the food at the markets - but I would hate myself if my friends children got sick from being in my house!!
Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:39 AM
If the party had
to be in the house, I would cancel. You could make it strictly outdoors if the weather permits or, 'relocate' to a local park.
ETA: if you don't cancel, as a parent of a child coming to your party, I would appreciate a phone call hours beforehand advising that "great Aunty Joan has gastro" and will be in the house. I know it's not the bubonic plague, but you like to leave a party with a lolly bag, not gastro...
Edited by FrogIsAFrogIsAFrog, 19 August 2012 - 08:40 AM.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:41 AM
Can you isolate the person, don't let them touch any food, and get them to use a separate toilet/bathroom? If not, then I would try to relocate elsewhere.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:43 AM
I would lean toward canceling - mainly because I've had gastro from a very similar situation! Luckily only 1 or 2 of the kids were affected, but about 11 adults got it, including one who was pregnant. It was also the sickest I've ever been from something like that... miserable
Good luck with your decision.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:47 AM
I utterly loathe gastro, so I'd cancel. However you could leave it up to the parents. Call tem an tell them what's happened, let them know sick aunt will be in bed and not near the children or food, and let the parents decide if they still want to attend.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:51 AM
You'd feel terrible if you got everyone sick.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:07 AM
I would cancel. Once you tell people they most likely won't want to come anyway. Sorry.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:11 AM
Cancel. I missed DD's third birthday party after I came down with gastro. It sucked, and she still talks about mummy not being there, but I would have hated to make anyone else sick.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:20 AM
Definitely cancel. Gastro is more than just an annoyance in some families, it is an emergency. "just gastro" sends one of ours to hospital every time for days.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:34 AM
Are you sure it's gastro and not food poisoning? Similar situation to DD3s 1st birthday but DH had food poisoning
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:35 AM
Cancel. Despite your best intentions there is gastro now in your house. It is highly contagious regardless of how well you maintain hygiene.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:45 AM
We were invited to a first birthday a few yrs ago. When we arrived at the house we were advised 1/2 the family were sick with gastro.
I was not impressed.
A number of guests left not long after arriving. We stayed awhile but sat outside & didn't eat any of the food.
I would cancel.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:51 AM
Yep I completely agree...even though unsure if it's food poisoning or gastro...it's just not worth exposing anyone to it.
Thank you for the advice! I'm going to call my girl friends now and see if they'd like to come to the local play centre for cake or just rather give it a miss.
Poor DD has been so excited about her little mermaid cake (and I spent $170 at the cake deco shop for all the bits and pieces to do the modelling
). These things always happen at the most inconvenient time. Better go rustle up some compassion for my poor sick mum now.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:52 AM
I think that this shouldn't even be a question. It should be a clear no. Cancel it.
If I arrived at a party and was told someone had gastro, I'd be furious. Its not a simple case of the runs and feeling a bit off. My kids dehydrate really fast when they get gastro and hospitalisation looms in the background. I'm the only income earner so me being off sick/family leave has an impact that lasts longer than the gastro.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:54 AM
I second the question of is it really gastro. Gastro is both vomiting and diarrhoea. Only one is not gastro (even though most people call it ad such) and is rarely contagious. True gastroenteritis is not as common in the community as you'd think. You can get just one for a variety of non-contagious reasons.
Can you get the relative to a GP ASAP?
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:57 AM
Your poor mother, she must feel terrible. She could have food poisoning though. I think the play centre is a good idea and your mum can have a lovely rest in bed with a hot water bottle.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:59 AM
I am afraid that I am going to go against the grain. I would isolate said relative even to the point of finding a motel room, disinfecting the house and going from there. You have already gone to alot of trouble for this party go to alot of trouble ensuring noone gets infected.
I don't think it is very fair for the birthday child to miss out because an adult has got sick. It is now up to the adults to come up with something so the child does not miss out on the party they deserve.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 10:23 AM
If the cake was made before sick relative arrived and hasn't been touched by sick relative, it should be fine to transport to another location for the party.
And whats this about must have both vomiting and diarrhea to be gastro crap? Last bug in this house was just vomiting, and trust me, it was very contagious!
Posted 19 August 2012 - 10:29 AM
I would offer the play centre. I'd avoid serving the food you have brought incase it's been touched. I'd serve the cake depending on what 'help' from your mum you got if any. I'd also have to pay most of the play centre entry fee's as it may be a little hard to expect everyone to afford to go ( you neve really know what other circumsances are )
Unfortunatly it happens. I see both sides. I'm be so bummed and upset I was you and I'd be so cranky if we came to your house and got it.
I'm sorry though
Posted 19 August 2012 - 10:36 AM
Great idea with relocating the party. I hope your mum is feeing better soon.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:00 AM
What a terrible situation your in
Gastro is highly contagious, so I wouldn't have it at the house. I would be inclined to relocate elsewhere ie. park, indoor play centre etc.
FWIW - My DD was unwell Friday night, with what "could" be gastro, but highly possible it's not as this has been going on (off and on) for a long time now. She had a party to attend today, so I'm treating the situation as she does have Gastro and not sending her - as I don't want her to share. I'm just SUPER cautious with this stuff, and as I said it's most likely related to this other issue, as it's no different.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:09 AM
'm just SUPER cautious with this stuff, and as I said it's most likely related to this other issue, as it's no different.
I agree and just wish others would be like that. I always see it as you don;t like it when you or the family are sick with gastro so why share/spread the germs... Its just rude and wrong....
You need to think of others... esp thos who have diabetes and other illness's when gastro hits it usually ends up with them in hosptial for a week or so.
I was at a party last year, and the child had had a sleep over the night before, and one of the kids was throwing up. I would have liked to be told instead of turning up and seeing a towel on the palce where child had been sick... Guess who came down with it... Me... so l wasn't happy....
I agree iwth others and can you hold the party at a park, or play centre? I wouldn't move your mother, if she feels like crap thats not fair on her... let her have some rest and quiet
Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:51 AM
Another here for whom "just gastro" means an extended stay in hospital for one of my children.
I would cancel or relocate but I'm super cautious re anything remotely possibly gastro.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:02 PM
The problem is that even if you relocate you & your daughter & other family members have been exposed & could be carrying the bug & pass it on. Gastro can have a 12-48hr exposure window in my experience so it's still possible you will get sick & before then you could pass it on. I wouldn't come if I knew someone in your house had gastro. Sorry
Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:50 PM
I would cancel! A few weeks ago with had a small party for DS3, after the party 1/2 the guest got sick including 2 of my boys and myself. No one was sick before the party, but one must have carry the bug and had no symptoms at the time. It range from just having nausea to one little boy who ending up in emergency
I felt so guilty even though I knew it wasn't my fault or even that of the parent who brought there child who passed it on.
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