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I see Sick People

by Deborah Cruz

Sick People get on my Nerves. Now, before you go all batshit crazy on me for making such an outlandish and insensitive remark right at the holidays. Let me explain. My entire family has been sick for what seems like an eternity the past three weeks. It started with me getting a supercalifragilistic case of sinusitis with a side of ear infection this is par for the course ( if you’ve ever read this blog, you know I ALWAYS  get this. It’s ridiculous the frequency with which my sinuses bitch slap me.) But to make matters worse, my 6-year-old came down with some respiratory treatment-resistant viral devil bubonic plague that hung around for 2 weeks.

Of course, she impeded on my sick time, so I had to suck it up and rub some dirt on it. She missed 8 ( count ’em) days of school due to a nasty fever that would not relent. She hated being stuck in bed and she complained about every single second of it. She wouldn’t eat. She enjoyed me being at her beckon call a little too much. I think she may have developed a slight addiction to her Delsym nighttime and she told me that I was the worst mother ever a couple times in her fever-induced hallucinating state. It was a magical 8 days.

But last Wednesday, she had been fever free for 24 hours and I gladly took her back to school. I’m sure that you’ve all noticed that posts have been a little erratic the past couple of weeks, this is why.

Sick people of the little kind

Thursday I felt like I had the flu. Thursday night, her sister started coughing her little 4-year-old head off. Again, I had to ignore my own symptoms and take care of my little girl. This means today I am at a minimum of three weeks of sick children, which means three weeks since I’ve had a decent nights sleep.Decent for me is 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I’m an insomniac for God’s sake, I take what I can get. I don’t expect you to feel sorry for me.

You’ve all been through this. It’s what we Moms do, whether we like it or not. But what’s been super special is that this week the sick child is the angry child and every time she wakes up in the middle of the night with a coughing fit, screaming for water, if I don’t wake from my dead sleep in a split second this is what I hear. ” Mooooommmmmmyyyyy, I’m sick! I need water!!” *Groan* ( split second later) *Louder*”Mooooommmmyyyyyy, I’m Sick!I need water! Do you want me to die?I hate you!!!” What a way to wake up. I was barely even awake before she was tearing me down.

Sick People of the Angry Kind

Sunday evening the Big Guy started feeling achy and discombobulated. I was sure that he was trying to lay the groundwork for doing absolutely nothing on his day off. You know what sheisty planners men can be.

Then Monday, the achy discombobulation turned into chills and general malaise of the man cold variety. Do you know the only thing worse than a 2-week stint of sick children? Five days straight of a combination of the last week of school, a sick child who hates you, another one who’s still coughing and a husband in a pear tree who has been reduced to a 250-pound baby Huey.

I’ve been trying to tend to everyone’s needs ( except for my blogs obviously and my own) but this no sleep business coupled with it being Shark Week may not bode well for the patients of the house. My patience is wearing thin and these pretzels are making me THIRSTY! ( if you’ve ever watched Seinfeld you totally get that reference if not, you think I am a complete moron.) Thank God they are slowly but surely on the mend. I will continue on kissing booboos and taking temps, putting forward my best Florence Nightingale moves and hopefully by Sunday, they will all be well.

How do you deal with a house full of sick people at the holidays? How do you keep from being one of the sick people? Wishing you and yours a very Happy Sick People Free Holiday celebration.

Everywhere I turn, I See Sick People


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lceel 2011/12/22 - 12:39 pm

When my buddy’s son, Jack, was much smaller than he is now, he was deathly afraid of bugs. Things would be quiet and all of a sudden you’d be startled by a scream of BUG!!! and it would be Jack – and there would be a bug there … somewhere.

After two or three of those episodes, I developed a plan. He would be sitting, quietly, watching TV or whatever, and I’d just kind of wander into the room and say, quietly, “Hey, Jack”, and he’d ssay, “What?” and I’d yell, “BUG!!!!” and laugh. Big smile. Made it a joke. Soon he started laughing about it. And he quit screaming, “BUG!!!”.

Find a way to turn it around on her. Make it a funny. Make it a joke between you and her. Don’t let her win this one. “I hate you” is never a good way for a child to talk to her mother.

Truthful Mommy 2011/12/23 - 7:20 pm

I do try to change the subject or not make it such a big deal so that it’s not a big deal. But sometimes, I’m just too tired to be cool with it and ignore it and it hurts my feelings. I like your plan:)

Bruna 2011/12/22 - 5:52 pm

Keeping fingers crossed no one gets sick here. Little B threw up day before yesterday but it quickly passed.

Feel for you Mama. It sucks when sickness travels through everyone in the family. Takes ions for everyone to get better.

Merry Christmas my friend 🙂

Truthful Mommy 2011/12/23 - 7:21 pm


THankyou sweetie. Merry Christmas to you as well. I hope everyone is well soon. I need a break from all the Florence Nightengale routine:) Love them to death but jeez its hard to handle in large doses:) Stay well my friend.

kelebek 2011/12/23 - 2:04 am

I totally feel for you! One of mine has chickenpox right now and the other one is surely brewing it. Fortunately my little patient feels completely fine in herself and is itching (pardon the pun) to get back to school. The worst one I ever had was 2 kids and myself with severe stomach bugs, husband away. I just wanted to crawl into a pit and die, but of course you just get on with it. I am fine taking care of my kids, its when I get sick too and still have to take care of them that it stinks! Sometimes literally!!

Truthful Mommy 2011/12/23 - 7:24 pm

Yes, thats the hard part because then we cant recover ourselves. I had the stomach flu once and during the 24 hours that it was attacking me about 8 hours into it my 3 year old got the same thing and we were both puking all night long. MY husband had to wirk at 5 am so I had to clean her puke off the floor while running back and forth tot he toilet to puke myself. Just the memory of that makes me nauseated. I don’t mind taking care of my family when they are sick. It’ just seems that it’s been going on for so long that it’s completely exhausted me. Hope your babies are well soon.


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