If you’re a sympathetic vomiter then you will have ALOT in common with Ben Patterson. Ben’s recent Facebook post has gone viral, and any parent who has had this happen to them can understand why!

The post, put up on Facebook on the 13th May, has since had 145,000+ Shares as parents all over the world sympathise with Ben.

Ben posted:

“Last night I was supposed to watch the kids, so my wife and I swapped cars after work so she could head out with some friends. On the way home, projectile vomit occurred and the whole time my wife wasn’t answering her phone…. See the ensuing text messages.”

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Image source: Facebook
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Image source: Facebook
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Image source: Facebook

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  • never get tired of this one, my husband would be the same


  • I sympathise. I am a sympathetic vomiter too. Still, I had a good chuckle at this!


  • Hehehe ! My husband can\’t handle vomit (and snot) either and boy how happy am I when he\’s confronted with it because he wants me to handle it all the time :-P


  • Such a terrible thing to have happen.


  • I sooo had to laugh. Poor Ben. So would it have been OK if it had happened to his wife instead? And what did he want her to do, anyway? I can be a sympathetic vomiter but I found having a child meant dealing with blood (that I’m not normally good with), needles (that I have to lay down for), etc. When it’s happening to your own child, I found I just needed to get on with it.


  • Sorry Ben had to laugh , I too can not go near barf and I have no sense of smell to boot. It is just the look of it that makes it so hard. I was thinking your wife was showing her friends the texts and having a good laugh too. Hope she made it up when she got home. Welcome to parenthood.


  • omg i am laughing so hard at this. i can sympathise very well…This is so me ben…i cannot do vomit…it is the worst thing, the lok and smell of it i barf myself…soo gross!! and nothing worse than in the car, such a tiny confined space….


  • Oh boy – do I sympathise with you – I always dry retched whenever my kids were ill.
    My youngest, understanding this at about 5 years old, just used to tell me in the morning that he had felt ill in the night, got to the bathroom and threw up, and wiped himself down and went back to bed. I told him I didn’t believe him, so he left the barf in the sink for me to see the next time.
    I never said I didn’t believe him again – and he always looked after himself.
    Wish it would happen now with a very sick husband.


  • As a parent – deal with it!


  • Oh poor guy! My husband is a sympathetic vomiter too.
    Worst time was one school holidays last year when we travelled the 500+ km to our states capital city to go visit my parents (where they live). We got into the outer suburbs of the city and our then youngest threw up. Twice.
    We managed to get to my parents house with the windows down and I cleaned the mess up etc.
    Midway through our week stay, our eldest got a tummy bug and was vomiting for a day.
    Then we were travelling home again.
    Eldest threw up half way home.
    We stopped on the side of the road to clean it up as much as possible, cue hubby starts vomiting too.
    Later on that same trip home, youngest threw up again too.

    I was the only one to not throw up those trips to and from home.
    I did throw up during the stay at my parents, but I was pregnant with number 3 at the time and had bad morning sickness!


  • I know two nurses who don’t handle that at all well, and can’t cope well with washing the clothes either. Lets face it, if baby is eating solids you can’t just throw them in the machine. The bulk of it has be scraped and rinsed off before the clothing or other fabric is put in the washing machine. Continuous projectile vomitting on a regular basis can be a sign of reflux.


  • Hahaha this is gold! Good on him for coping so well. Not sure i would handle it that well.


  • Although this is funny, Maybe if he spent more time trying to clean it up then take a photo it wouldnt be so bad!! Seriously; why do people find the need to take photos of everything and then post them online?


  • IT is funny how he thought his wife could fix everything ! :) lol


  • Oh, I can’t help it. I think this is soooo funny. Poor guy. Where’s Stephanie?!!!


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