Tuesday, September 20, 2011

No Sick Days Allowed

Coughing, runny nose, chest congestion, fevers.....Sick.

Mommy is sick, baby is sick, toddler is sick, preschooler is sick. This house is a germ pool waiting to infest the body of anyone who dares walk into the house. Medicine, KIeenex, cough drops, anything to make some of the aching go away.

Everyone is so crabby and on edge. Both the older kids are fighting because one person wants to watch Spongebob while the other wants to watch Dora. Fighting over blankets and spots on the couch. I have no strength to yell or argue today..

A cough..."Cover your mouth please" A sneeze..."Please don't wipe your snot on the couch".

A cry..."Mama, hold me..I hurtin" Her ears again. Everytime this poor girl is sick it's her ears. I get angry. Angry because having the tubes put in didn't help the way it should have. Angry because I can't take away the pain she is feeling. Angry because exhaustion has overtaken her body, but she just wants to fight me. I carry her to the couch as she sobs and sobs. As I lay there with her I sush her to sleep and whisper softly in her ear. Within a few minutes she is giving in to sleep.

The preschool boy. Oh the preschool boy. I can tell by the way he is talking to me today that his throat hurts. His voice raspy. We manuever to his room and he sits there. I flip on the TV and cuddle him in bed. I take in the sounds of Spiderman playing in the background. Time to rest baby boy. Time to rest.

Back in the living room with baby, the crying continues. This tiny little girl is so miserable. Six weeks old and already dealing with her first bout of illness. As I nestle her into my chest, she struggles to get comfortable. I gently pat her back, hoping that she will close her heavy eyes.

The squeak of the rocking chair, her deep breathing, a Barney theme song, Peter Parker talking to Mary Jane. Everyone quiet. Everyone still. Mama drifts off to sleep............

.......and then the phone rings.

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  1. Isn't that the truth?

    Beautiful words. I found you from 'Just Write.' I can't wait to read more.

  2. Mmmm, I know these days, too. I hope your house is on the mend soon.

  3. Oh. Just oh. I only have 1 child, but this took me to that place perfectly. I'm so sorry you're all sick. I hope you feel better soon. I hope you can unplug the phone for a bit.

  4. This is just one great big pile of suck. I don't have to do my "no whammies no whammies no whammies" dance because it looks like you've found ALL of them.

    Things will get better . . . but, wow, this is just horrible. Hugs.

    If it's any consolation, my kids haven't had any ear issues, but I've had some soul-crushing ear aches ever since they've been around. No, I have no idea why.

  5. Hope you are all feeling better very soon, And A GERM INFESTED POOL just waiting to walk into, Oh my how that sounds so inviting (Like hey Mom wanna come for coffee to catch up) while I babysit those 3 beautiful Grandchildren of mine, so in other words sorry if your feeling like crap in a few days Mom, But dam was so nice to see you!!!!!

    Glad to see you and B got to sleep even if for a few Moments, and yes unplug the house phone keep the cell on Vibrate if it is an emercency M's mom knows where u live to reach you, you need to rest Baby Girl, Love you so very much....MOM

    Oh and do I need to come armed with face mask's tommorrow lol