Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Did I poison Mikey?!

I knew something wasn't right when Mikey asked to go "poo, poo" for the second time in an hour. We were on a full flight coming back from a week vacation on the beautiful island of Kauai. As I held him over the toilet, I couldn't help but think that I had poisoned him with all the junk food that we'd been eating in the airport and airplane that day. Mikey had diarrhea. Diarrhea is a big deal for me. It indicates the onset of the flu or way too much processed food. In this case, I knew it was the food.

When we got back to our seats, I told Zack, "No more sugar for him, he is sick." I felt panicked. On the flight from San Francisco, I had a full canvas bag of all sorts of yummy food brought from home. But on the flight back, I only had PB & J sandwiches and a bag of mixed nuts that were leftover from the flight a week ago. I decide to just let Mikey have at it. I didn't restrict him from the dried sugar papaya, beef jerky, macadamia nut chocolates, small airplane bags of processed snack nibbles, high fructose corn syrup juices, or the soggy turkey sandwich on bread that some might call a croissant. The truth is that there really wasn't any healthy options. So, did I poison Mikey or did the airport and airline?

One might argue that we don't have to buy the food at the airport or eat the free food on the plane, but is this really reality. I bent over backwards to pack a ton of food on the way to our destination and it worked, but I just didn't have the resources or time do it on the trip back. I didn't eat everything offered to me on the plane (I ate some), but it is hard to say "no" to a 2-year old when there isn't anything else to offer him.

Everything came to a stop when the diarrhea started. He had reached his junk food limit. His body was throwing up and his behavior was unusually horrible. He didn't sleep for the whole five hour flight and was bouncing off the seats. Maybe kids would be better behaved on planes if the airlines provided foods and drinks without sugar.

The truth is, I felt horrible. I felt responsible for Mikey's diarrhea. I felt as if I had poisoned him. And quite honestly, I think that it isn't an exaggeration to say that he was poisoned. If Mikey was clearly affected physically and behaviorally, then isn't it safe to say that all children are affected in some way by all the junk food out there. (I think that we know this to be true at this point.) And if so, is it fair to say that parents are poisoning their children when they feed them these foods?

1 Comment:

Lydia said...

Oh, the hell you would raise if you posted this on SFGate! ;-)

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