At 2am on Halloween, my toddler started throwing up and it went on for hours. I got maybe 2 hours of sleep that night but thankfully she was feeling better by lunch time. We were having 35 people over for a Halloween party and things had to get done- sleep or no sleep. But under these new circumstances, adjustments had to be made. Less was going to have to be enough because there was no time or energy to do it all. Some friends helped out and we pulled off a wonderful party. With the party behind us, I thought it was time to catch up on things I had gotten behind on. Then I got sick and we realized this wasn’t a random sick day but a stomach bug. It was not a fun weekend and instead of catching up, I just got further behind. Not much you can do when you are exhausted and weak. Guess everything would have to wait again. I was too tired to even even catch up on my Tivo! Two days later, as I was starting to feel better, my other daughter got sick and had to stay home from school for two days. Then my husband got sick. For 7 days my whole family was either sick or trying to recover!
We never plan on getting sick. It always takes us by surprise. It throws everything off- schedules, plans, to do lists, chores, laundry, work, school- everything. When you have kids, you can’t do much when they are sick either because most kids, especially when they are young, need or want their parents to be with them at all times. In the end we just need to rest and take care of ourselves and our families and let everything else be not so important as getting better. Forget the living room that needs to be picked up or the emails that didn’t get answered fast enough. People will understand. Forget the blog post that was supposed to be be written or the errands that needed to be run. Things will simply have to be pushed back a few days.
Luckily, once we start to feel like our old selves, we are usually infused with some amazing energy. It feels so good to not be sick and be able to eat food that we might find ourselves getting all kinds of things done! It makes you appreciate each day when you feel good and can get even a few little things done.