Mommy, I’m Sick

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I have the flu. Yes, I got the flu shot like everybody else, yet I still got the flu. As I lie here in bed in my quiet house, I realize something that is just not fair.

When my kids are sick, I am there for them. I take their temps, give them medicine and fluids, prop their heads on a couple of pillows and let them watch TV marathons. I am at their beck and call, fetching more tissues, making them soup, and answering each weak croak of “Mom” that I hear coming from the sofa.

But when moms are sick, who takes care of them? This morning I tried getting up to wake the kids up for school. I was dizzy and had to lie down. At that moment, what I wouldn’t have given to have my mom fetch me some water and a couple of Tylenols! Later, as I lay in bed, my entire body aching, I debated how badly I really wanted to get up and fetch myself said pain relievers.

I remember when I was first living on my own and had a terrible bout of stomach flu. I became so weak I had to crawl to the bathroom. Wondering whether I would have to call 911 to scrape my dehydrated carcass off the bathroom floor, I gained a new appreciation for all the times my mother took care of me when I was a kid. As the Paramore song goes, “Ain’t it fun living in the real world?”

To be fair, my husband did help me this morning. He fed and watered my 13-year-old and drove her to school. Then he instructed me to go back to bed and not worry about the sink overflowing with dishes and the Christmas gifts I still haven’t wrapped. I am lucky to have him.

My husband also made some coffee, and after drinking a cup, I feel slightly rejuvenated, at least enough to write this post. But still, when my fever spikes and I am sneezing out of control, all I will think is, “I want my mommy!”

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5 thoughts on “Mommy, I’m Sick

  1. Before kids, getting sick wasn’t a big deal. By no means was it something I liked, but I could handle cuddling in bed with blankets and watching tv. I’ve gotten sick more times than I can remember since I had my two little ones. It is the most horrible thing to be sick with kids. There is no sick leave from motherhood. Hope you’re feeling better.

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  2. Carolyn Rudolf

    Been there, done that, Mary. But at least I didn’t have to take care of kids when I had the flu this year… and last year….. and the year before. If I sound bitter, it’s because I am! About the flu shot!
    Anyway, I didn’t have to take care of any little kids, which is the hardest. Hope you’re better soon.

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