Sick Days

It’s that time of year, the time when everyone is getting sick. Tonight in Utah we are supposed to get our first freeze of the year but it seems that everyone is getting sick ahead of the really cold weather. It sucks when your child is sick, when you are feeling under the weather it’s even worse.

For the past few days my back has been bothering me. Annoying but I’ll live. Now Hailey has the stomach flu and I feel something catching up with me. I’m very run down and just want to sleep. Not at all possible when you are the only parent in the house.

In the midst of just wanting to go to bed I’m running to the store for ginger ale and saltines. Making some of Hailey’s favorite comfort foods that are also easy on the tummy. I’m tired, my back hurts and I just want to lie down. I can’t help but think how much easier this would be with a spouse.

For the past two days Hailey and I have snuggled under quilts and read or watched TV. Mostly, I’ve been trying not to move. That’s easier said than done. When your child is sick and they ask for ginger ale it’s out of bed and to the kitchen. Same thing if they want saltines, or to try some toast, or maybe even a banana. As a parent you will do anything to make your child feel better, even when you are not feeling up to par.

I’m not sure which is worse, being sick and not able to take care of your child who is well, or both of you being sick and having to push yourself to take care of your child when all you want to do is curl up under the covers and wait for your Mommy to come take care of you.

This too shall pass so in the meantime I’m going to enjoy the little things, like the fact that my big girl still needs her mom and will snuggle with me and try not to focus on how much I want a hot bath and my comfy bed

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