Friday, October 22, 2010
Being sick is never fun but when it's just you there is only one thing you have to worry about - you. I'm the first to admit that I'm a big baby that whines to my Mommy whenever I'm sick. I want to curl up in my jammies and have someone bring me drinks and make me soup or toast. Usually I can convince my Mom to drive over and do those things but not always. Being sick and having to still worry about taking care of a baby is extra not fun. I felt like I got hit by a fast moving truck yesterday and was left a feverish puddle that could barely get out of bed. Lucky for me I started to feel icky around nap time so it was easy to convince Mr. O to chill out on the bed and go to sleep. Unlucky for me that my Mom was at my sister's house for the day so there wasn't going to be anyone to bring me anything or more importantly there wasn't going to be anyone else around to help take care of Mr. O. Once nap time was over the little guy needed to be changed and the diapers were all the way on the other side of the room. They might as well have been miles away because I could barely lift my head and had to crawl over to the changing table and back. Now that the baby was awake I had to stay semi conscious so that he didn't crawl off the bed or make friends with any electrical outlets. It was the longest 4 hours of my life. My Mom got home later that night and rescued the baby from having to hang out next to me in bed. Thank you, Mom! I know I'm lucky that I even had the option of having my Mom help out because so many of us don't have any back up. Doing this parenting thing solo is hard enough when we're feeling 100% and feels almost impossible when we're not. The only thing that gets me through is trying to stay a few steps ahead of disaster. I failed this crisis because once I started feeling sick it was already too late to rush out to the store and get fever reducers and juice. I should have had that stuff stocked up so that I could stay on top of the fever before it got too bad. Feeling better today and tomorrow I'm heading out to the store so I can refill the emergency sick supplies.