Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sickly


I remember pre-children how sickness used to be dealt with. The healthy spouse would hover over the sick spouse, gently tending to their needs. Nothing was too much trouble. If the sickness was too much, a day would be taken off work, to be spent wrapped up in bed with a stack of books and snacks at the ready. The healthy spouse would come home early to nurse the sick one, fluttering around with tasty morsels to tempt the sick one's appetite. Medicine was whipped out and tenderly administered and the sick one would spend the evening cosied up in front of the TV, watching their programme of choice.

Now things are a little different.

Sickness tends to run through the family, concentrating itself in the children. Who have NEEDS and are not afraid to make themselves heard. Loudly and without ceasing. The sick adult has to look after the children first and foremost. No time for lying in bed or such like. The children need looking after and that's that.

Sympathy from the other healthy adult is often in very short supply. Either they are coming down with the lurgy or are exhausted from looking after the sick children.

This is my life at the moment. As I collapsed on the couch next to Dida last night I had to laugh. "I feel terrible" I said. "Well go to bed" was his response. And that was the end of that. I got my own medicine, wrapped myself up in bed and went to sleep.


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13 comments:

mountain mama said...

hang in there :)

it's no fun feeling yucky...for the parent or the kiddos!

Rachel Kate said...

So true huh. Get better soon!!

Widge said...

ahuh. yep.
Hope you feel better soon. We've had sickies here too, I have to stop myself from getting annoyed at gooseman because he seems to get sick waaay more often than me and i wish i could be the one sleeping all day!
bad I know.
learning sympathy....slowly

Helen said...

Ugh, being sick as a parent is NO fun. Hope you feel better soon Sammy!

PaisleyJade said...

Oh yes - you are so right! Take care of yourself (no pun intended) and get well soon. xoxo

Rebecca said...

Get better soon! X

tea said...

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Being sick and having sick little ones is no fun. :(
Pray you all feel better soon!! ♥

Cat said...

Oh how I hear you !! !! !!
Or when sickness has run through the entire family and Mama has looked after EVERYONE excluding herself and just as everyone else is well Mama gets sick AARRGGHH
Hope you and/or Dida are looking after YOU xxx

meg said...

Very true Sammy. Hoping you all get better really quickly. x

Penny said...

ha ha ha I can so hear Dida saying that. I can picture the scene.
Pray things get better soon!

Leonie said...

oh I totally hear you!!!
Love that comment about taking care of yourself!! hehe, so true.

Shelby said...

Oh my goodness - our hubbies must know each other!! I have been feeling poorly myself the past couple of days and those were Stan's EXACT words when I tried to get just a little sympathy. "Well, go to bed." Ok then. Next time he gets sick, I'm going to try that! ;)

grace kay said...

aw sorry sammy, get well soon

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