As if I didn’t have enough going on in my life, with writing, sewing, cooking, cleaning, driving, parenting, nursing, not sleeping … last night as I went to bed I noticed a certain rawness in my throat. Sure enough, when I woke up for good this morning I confirmed that I had a bug.
I can’t define which bug it is, but it’s pretty yukky. I have felt a lot worse and I have felt a million times better. My throat is a little sore but I have a major headache and feel very run down. I hope that if I take it easy today I will chase it off quickly, but until then I’m going to try to chug water, take some extra vitamin D and rest as much as possible.
Every mom feels this way — mothers should not be allowed to get sick. My children’s needs do not change because I feel awful, or may be contagious, or cannot deal with sitting up or, God forbid, standing up. I still will need to breastfeed on demand my toddler while reading books to her and making sure she does not kill herself. I will still need to make sure my older children are fed and their homework done, although they will be a huge help to me today because they are older. I may or may not get the many projects completed that I have started.
I will be a manager today, instead of a hands-on worker. I will make an easy, yet delicious, dinner. I will drink a cup of tea, or two. I will sit here with my laptop if I don’t have anyone climbing on me. I will wish I had a TV in the living room, even though I’m really glad that I don’t. I may, in fact, watch a movie, which I never do.
How do you deal with your regular life when you’re sick?
About Monica: Monica has been writing professionally since 2000 and has two published books — Teach Your Baby to Sign and Baby Talk. Her writing appears in a number of websites. The mother of four children, Monica is a cloth diaper and natural parenting enthusiast. She also sews custom fleece soakers, shorties, skirties and longies at Mama Bird.