A bubonically bitching week

by Deborah Cruz

It’s been one of those weeks. The girls have both been sick for a week, I am sick, my husband comes home this weekend and he is getting sick. Everybody feels like crap, we stay in our jams, there’s barfing, coughing up lungs, spitting ( oh yeah..so ladylike), fevers galore, me putting the girls in luke warm baths to bring down fevers ( any idea what that’s like? Its like bathing a cat!) and thermometers sticking out of every orifice in the house. It’s basically been a three ring sick circus and I’ve been designated the damn ring master of Germapalooza. Just for the record, its no fun being the ring master when you feel like shit. Summer sickness? What is that? At least when I am sick in the winter, I feel like the malaise is confined to my body; my person. In the summertime, with the heat, I feel like the entire universe is conspiring to kill me. It is horrendous.Couple that with having to watch more poor babies be sick, the helplessness that comes with that in itself; I feel absolutely miserable! You all know how badly I felt this week, I mean Monday I called my  own Mommy for help. (She didn’t come but that’s another story altogether).Here, I am walking around in a fever induced delirium trying to force fluids and keep track of meds for my girls, charting temps, rationing toast,and wiping noses and asses…all week long…all while trying not to pass out myself. Is that even safe? Fortunately for me, a family who is sick and ailing together..naps together. Ahh, naps, you sweet , sweet bastards you helped me survive this week.
Amidst all of this bubonic bliss, I couldn’t help but take a little inventory of my house and myself. Brilliant , right? I look in the mirror and see the crypt keeper with bed head, eye boogers and fever blisters. Pretty , right? What’s more pathetic is I look at my usually adorable kids and the poor babies, they look like..well, the crypt keepers children. Worse than that, I do care but I am too sick and tired to do anything about it. So, I put the kids on the sofas and we lie there in our ugly silence , sipping tepid water, wiping our noses and watching Netflix! Then , my crazy little over active brain takes over. It’s been known to do that. I’m a thinker, sometimes I wish I could just be vacuous…blissfully vacuous!
In true Mommy fashion, I decided that every morning before I started feeling my worst, I would make an attempt to clean my house. As a general rule, I have been working until I feel faint from the cold meds. (I learned that lesson the hard way while trying to place some decor above the kitchen cabinets. I turned around so quickly on the chair that I got dizzy and lost footing. Thank God I caught myself, the hospital would have locked my girls and I away for good if we came into the emergency room looking the way we did.) After almost falling and or collapsing for the third time, I decided to give myself over to the disease and accept that sometimes we just need to take off our Mommy Super woman cape and say,” To hell with it, I need a nap!” Because in the end, who cares what we look like or the house looks like when we are sick..we’re sick. What is important is that we take care of ourselves so that we can get well…and take care of our sick husbands! At least that’s what I’ve been told!Happy and Healthy Mothering!

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17 comments

Laina 2010/06/26 - 6:15 am

I have been sick all week too! This summer sickness think bites. Usually you get sick in the wintertime, not when it's nice out and the kids are out of school and you have plans to fulfill! I, too, tend to be running all over the place, seeing the my kid gets the full works of being taken care of while neglecting myself. You are right though, sometimes a few chores will have to wait while we take a nap and lay down to rest. We need to take the time to recharge so we're not running on empty. So, make sure you take a few minutes to take care of yourself too 🙂 Feel better soon 🙂

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Tiffany 2010/06/26 - 7:47 am

That completely stinks that your whole house is sick this week. I hope you are all feeling better soon. It is important to take care of yourself first while not feeling well. I'm happy you didn't fall off that chair and hope you're resting. Leave the house for another day! Best wishes for speedy recoveries!!

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Sarah 2010/06/26 - 8:17 am

Sick or not, Nap time with the kiddies is always nice.
Send Your Super-Mommy cape out for dry cleaning and enjoy a good snuggle with your girls.
feel better soon.

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Dina 2010/06/26 - 10:02 am

sorry your sick, i always got sick in the summer when I was a kid, it sucks! but this has been a wierd week for a lot of people myself included. I think its because of the solstice everyone is kinda blah and overheated.

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Jennifer Juniper 2010/06/26 - 10:02 am

Take a break!! The dishes will still be there when you feel better!!

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parenting ad absurdum 2010/06/26 - 11:02 am

Oh poor you!! If I could, I'd come over so you could have a nice, long nap…

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Veronica Lee 2010/06/26 - 12:45 pm

Hi! I'm a new follower of your lovely blog.

Have a nice day!

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joanny 2010/06/26 - 1:15 pm

So sorry you are not feeling well, — I am a follower of your delightful blog.

Joanny

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Betty Manousos 2010/06/26 - 1:26 pm

Thanks for the follow. I'm now following back.
Hope you're feeling better really soon!
~Betty

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Carol 2010/06/26 - 1:59 pm

Hope you're feeling better!
I'm following you now, thanks for following me!
Songberries

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Kelly 2010/06/26 - 2:22 pm

Thanks for stopping by! I'm following you back.
I hope you guys are feeling better soon!!!
Have a good weekend 🙂

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Daphne 2010/06/26 - 3:55 pm

I hope you are feeling better soon! I know what it's like when everyone is under the weather and mommy still has to "be a mom". It's rough!!

I appreciate you stopping by my blog…I'm your newest follower 🙂

Hope the rest of your weekend gets better!!!

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Kelly 2010/06/26 - 3:39 pm

Thanks for the follow. Right back at you!
Hope you and the family feel better soon!
Kelly Marie
Blog to Fabulous
Deliciously Ageless

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Blog to fabulous 2010/06/26 - 3:39 pm

Thanks for the follow. Right back at you!
Hope you and the family feel better soon!
Kelly Marie
Blog to Fabulous
Deliciously Ageless

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Amy 2010/06/26 - 10:29 pm

I hope you are feeling better… Thank you for the follow – and i am now one of your newest followers… I really did like your post.. 😀 and hope all feel well SOON!

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A Lil Story 2010/06/26 - 10:52 pm

we have a house full of summer sickness too right now- Not Fun!

following back! thanks for stopping by my blog =)
Lily

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Cakeblast 2010/06/27 - 9:04 am

I'm sorry you have been feeling like crap – hope you're starting to feel better. I'm following you back.

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