Nope? Not you? Lucky for your family.
For me, this scenario is not spot-on, but it is awfully close! I am just starting to be on the up-swing from what has been a loooong week of germs! I just finished my Z-pack, and about a gallon of DayQuil and Advil combined! Not good. I have had more orange juice this week, than I have probably had for 5 years! Aside from myself, of course, the other 5 people in my house get sick too… Not the worst of which is the twins having a stomach bug, which happens (ALWAYS) in the middle of the night, and also (both times!) from the top bunk! Oy vey.
Not hard to cope with when you are well, but a sick person taking care of other sick people can be super hard.
Here are my top tips (now that I am getting better, I can say this!) for trying your best, when you are feeling your worst:
Don’t put things off.
If you think you will do it later, you might not get the chance. With lots of kids, there is always a chance that things go south- quickly. Pack that lunch at night…you may not get to in the morning, since you were up all night doing laundry from the bunk-beds. Maybe.
Let your kids help.
If you think they can’t do it, they may have to do it anyways, when mom and dad can’t even wake up in time (since they were up all night), or lift their muscles, to do it. Maybe.
Make an emergency “sick” kit, for FOOD.
Stock up on food for the sick-ones: Pedialite, Saltines, Canned or Powdered Soup, Tea, Gatorade. Buy some easy to make food for the well: Mac-N-Cheese, Soup, tortillas, bread, nut-butter. You won’t feel like cooking, and your kids need nourishment that they may need to make themselves. Stock up. Yes!
Stock up on Meds.
If you think you have cold medicine, but it actually expired 3 years ago…don’t take it! I am not a doctor, but I think I can say with confidence that expired meds will either make you sick or not work…either way, I am not willing to take a chance, so toss the old stuff, and stock up when there is a sale on the goods: Cold medicine, adult pain relievers, kid pain relievers, cough syrups, decongestants, cough drops. And it goes without saying, make sure you have a good thermometer. For sure.
Call in sick to work.
If you are coughing, coughing, coughing. No one wants you there anyway. That’s what “sick-days” are for. Stop the martyr act, and stay home. Definitely.
If you are a SAHM… Call in sick to work.
Stop the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning. Stop it. Now. Just rest! Your to-do list will get done. Your family needs you healthy, they don’t need a clean house, and chances are they need to know that they can feed themselves! Let them DO all that work, that you have been training them for! Nothing is more important than your health. Lay back down, and get better already!
I am not ashamed to tell you – okay, maybe a little – that my kids ate frozen chicken nuggets or pasta every night for 8 days straight this past week. Yep. That’s what happens! Something’s gotta give here, moms. And if I can help it, it’s not going to be my sanity or my health. Let’s give ourselves a break, give up the martyr act, and do the best we can. Yes!