Posted by: Jamie Stamm | November 20, 2008

Sick days

Like, well, pretty much everyone on the face of the planet, I hate being sick.

Usually, that’s not much of a problem because I’m a relatively healthy person. But for the past three days, I have felt absolutely horrible. I’ve had a headache and sore throat, aches and pains all over, coughing and sneezing, and hot and cold spells – I’ve even developed sores in my mouth that make it difficult to eat. And on top of all that, I’ve had to deal with perhaps the worst symptom of all – the feeling that I’m neglecting my kids.

Tuesday and Wednesday, I was in such bad shape that Jerry worked from home, and between conference calls and amended spreadsheets, he made sure the kids were clothed, fed and bathed, and that Cera made it to and from school. But today, he had to go back to work, and I feel like I’ve been a complete failure. I somehow managed to drag myself out of bed for Anthony’s preschool Thanksgiving celebration (don’t worry, I stayed far away from the buffet and as far from the kids as I could), but he and I spent the rest of the afternoon curled up in bed, with him watching cartoons as I drifted in and out of sleep. After picking Cera up from school, we made a quick trip to the grocery store for milk and Nyquil, and she has been parked in front of the TV since we got home, as Anthony has napped and I’ve sat on the couch alternately shivering under a cover and feeling the need to strip down to my socks. I just don’t have the energy to play today.

As if that’s not bad enough, I’ve spent the past 72 hours watching my house slowly come undone around me. Those who know me would scoff at the notion that I’m a neat person, but I at least try to keep my home in working order. Right now, however, you can barely find a path through the living room, the dishes are piled high in the both sides of the kitchen sink and are spilling over onto the counter tops (which is even worse when you realize we had Chinese take-out for dinner last night) and Anthony’s room, which I had been desperately trying to redo in time for Thanksgiving visitors, is in complete disarray.

Because I’m pretty sure what I have is a virus, I don’t know what to do beyond what I’m already doing: getting as much rest as I can and drinking plenty of fluids.

And, in my own little way, praying that this miserable mommy is somehow back on her feet again soon.



  1. my poor baby ! hope you are better soon

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