06 May 2008

UUGGGHHHH

Being sick and being a mom don't mix. It's been a long time since I've surrendered myself to illness. The pride (I'm tough!) and the guilt (I can't bare to make somebody else sniff for dirty underwear!) trump a silly little cold, in my opinion. Yesterday morning, however, my husband took one look at me and my not-so-sexy-crusty self and offered to stay home from work and telecommute. "Thanks" I managed to croak defenselessly. He locked my bedroom door and I rolled over and moaned.

So I spent the whole day in bed. THE WHOLE DAY. I got up to use the bathroom and that's it. Now, were my head not pounding I'd have really lived it up. Maybe ordered take-out and watched a few good movies. But the rest alone was nice. Really nice. And I peeked through a few catalogs and picked out some new paint colors for the house and chatted with some friends.

Today I am feeling loads better (thanks honey). But I've quickly decided that there is something tougher than being a mom and getting sick. And that is making up for being sick. Yep, there is double the work the day after you are sick. I should have done the math ahead of time, because I was a little shocked this morning. I've been picking up, cleaning up, and tidying up all morning. There is a trail of snacks from the pantry to the living room. We could have sat down to breakfast this morning right there on the floor! Okay, I may be exaggerating just a tiny bit, but I am surprised I wasn't a whole lot sicker with how dirty this place seems to be today. I feel like Monk trying to get in every nook and cranny.

So my advice to you, should you get sick and should your husband offer you the day off... take it, by all means TAKE IT! But send them all away. Let them make their mess somewhere else!

8 comments:

Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

I'm so sorry you were sick!

~~Oh I know this is true! I was sick for 4 days recently and it was horrible to try and catch up. Uggg.

allysha said...

Yes. Good advice!

Traci said...

Ha! This is soooo true. Of course, there are also those times that the husband covers the kids fo a few hours and cleans the kitchen and runs a couple loads of laundry and vacuums and scrubs at least one of the bathrooms and responds to all of his e-mail and gets dinner made. And even though it's truly kind and out of the goodness of his heart, you can't help but think he's just trying to prove it can be done. ;) That's when the guilt really kicks in.

tjhirst said...

Mine are getting better, but I always notice that the kitchen counters are left unwiped. That's the first thing I tackle when I get back. Thank goodness that kind of sick is only a yearly thing.

Tannie said...

I think I am still catching up from when we were all sick for about a week in February. Once you fall behind in laundry, you stay behind!

utmommy said...

I totally agree. I was SO sick just a few weeks ago. SO sick. I didn't even feel good enough to watch T.V., read, blog, nothing. It was horrible. DH was nice enough to keep the kids quiet and to let me rest. I know he tried to keep things clean, but I still had make-up work to do once I felt better.

Moms should not be allowed to be sick. It just doesn't work.

Yvonne said...

So very true. You wonder if it's worth it, but when you really are that sick, you just don't want to get up out of bed. Catching up is so hard.

Glad you're feeling better.

Shellie said...

Such good advice, that's how it is. I get so frustrated when I can pick up enough food off the floor to feed a starving child in Africa.