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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sick With No Sick Days

Am I ever going to get better? I decided today that this has to be something worse than just the common cold. The kids have been sick for over a week and only gradually getting better and this illness has me beat. Each day when I wake up feeling bad I think "Well, this has to be the worst day and tomorrow I'll feel better". Then I wake up the next day and feel worse. Today HAS to be the worst one, right? I mean, I woke up feeling as though my head weighed 500 lbs. and was about to explode. After downing some decongestant and taking a hot bath I felt a bit better but then went to lay down at 11:00am with Joe and proceeded to fall asleep for an hour an a half. Then I felt even better. But I still feel like crud.

I am lucky that this is the one day that hubby has to go into work late (and work all night) and so was home during the day in order to help watch the kids and help with housework and food preparation. I was able to rest and slack off and that feels good. It reminds me of a kid when I was able to lay on the couch or in bed all day and my mom would bring me plates of toast and cups of tea or 7-UP. You know, it made me feel taken care of. That is a comfort. That is also rare once you become a mom.

Now I have to face the evening alone with kids. Supper is done, baths are finished, and cartoons are playing for the time being. A little snuggling and some books to be read are in order and then I think we will turn in early. In case you are wondering why I am writing about bedtime when this post was posted at 5am, it is because I write my posts a night in advance. So this is really being written at 7pm Wednesday night. That's the internet and technology for you. :)

While there is nothing fun about being sick, it does make you appreciate and enjoy your healthy days much more. I can't wait until we are able to do just that.


  1. Hope you feel better soon. That is one downside to being a mom. You NEVER get a day off. No vacations or sick time. So rest when you can. Give the family cereal for dinner or open up some cans of soup. Take care of yourself as good as you take care of your family.

  2. Elizabeth, so sorry to hear you have been so sick. I always feel like my body is betraying me during those times. I'm sending you warm wishes that you get well soon. Jamie

  3. We felt the same way about our colds! That ended up lasting 3 weeks until we all went to the doctor and got diagnosed with sinus infections.

  4. Thanks for the well wishes, ladies. I woke up feeling a wee bit better today so that is a big improvement! I almost feel like I am ready to tackle the world again so will gradually play a little catch up here at home.

  5. Oh man that reallu sucks (pardon the crude language.) There is almost nothing worse than being sick and having little ones who depend on you. I had that happen once when I had 3 kiddos (I have 4 now). They were ages 3, 2 and 6 months. I had to beg my husband to come home early from work because all I could do was lay on the couch and open my eyes every few minutes to make sure they were okay. Scary.

    Hope you feel back to yourself soon!

  6. Mandy-I KNOW that feeling. Hubby and I BOTH got H1N1 at the same time last year. It was horrible. For 2 days my kids were barely supervised because we were both so sick and weak. It was scary. Luckily the kids didn't get it though.

    Hope you feel better soon.



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