My total home has had a horrible flu for the previous couple of weeks (and my child has croup)… a mum’s worst nightmare. To make issues worse I additionally suffered a foul head damage after fainting and was bedridden for a complete week. Hell on toast? Yes it was. Here’s how I coped.
This specific flu was EPIC (and it’s nonetheless but to utterly f### off). Full blown viral influenza and extremely contagious. I didn’t need to threat my aged mom’s well being or my sister’s who has a younger child, and with my different sister away on holidays – darn it), there actually was nobody to assist, it was simply my husband and I doing it robust, ready for the flu fog to elevate.
They had been in a position to drop off some provides although, which I gratefully accepted – medicines, tissues, drinks and meals. So when pals began asking what they may do to assist too, I wasn’t shy about asking for a similar and in consequence there have been much less journeys to the outlets required and quite a few meals coated. Phew.
Normally one to battle on by way of sickness, after I hit my head and the swelling and ache was getting worse, I knew it was time to cease making an attempt to be a hero and name within the huge weapons. A paramedic got here and informed me to get to the hospital together with my child who almost definitely had croup. So off we went within the automotive, although it was previous everybody’s bedtime. Luckily we did as a result of I bought the ache reduction and fluids I wanted (in a single day keep required) and my child bought essential medication to assist him breathe and cease that horrible barking cough.
I additionally made a number of journeys to the physician over the course of a few weeks to verify on everybody’s situation and see if there was something – ANYTHING – we might take to assist us. Nope – nonetheless viral so solely relaxation prescribed. Great should you’re childless, however nearly close to unattainable with a household. Despite being caught in mattress for per week with my husband struggling on alone, it was nonetheless fairly laborious for me to get first rate relaxation.
ABC for Kids
Thank the lord for ABC for Kids. We had it on day by day for about 12-13 hours straight every time. It was the one solution to distract the older two youngsters (who had been on faculty holidays – enjoyable occasions) from feeling horrible, or for after they felt okay and WE had been feeling horrible. I’d by no means enable this a lot telly below regular circumstances, however excessive occasions name for excessive measures. Total. Lifesaver.
Letting it go
I’m not a whole management freak however I do prefer to run a good ship. When you’re sick although the one factor that issues is making an attempt to get higher, particularly should you’re a mum as a result of it’s essential take care of everybody else. My husband did a tremendous job once I was bedridden, however he was sick himself and will solely handle the naked minimal. I simply needed to ignore the mess completely EVERYWHERE in the home and the large piles of laundry. I didn’t care that everybody wore the identical pyjamas for days or no matter garments that they had that had been remotely clear. I needed to admit defeat and name in sick for work for per week, and overlook about issues like overdue library books and payments that wanted to be paid. It might all simply wait. I additionally had to surrender breastfeeding my child as a result of I used to be too sick to maintain at it, plus the painkillers I used to be taking had codeine in them which isn’t good for infants. I used to be going to cease nursing quickly anyway (he’s nearly one), however didn’t assume it could be so sudden and never gradual which made me unhappy (and upset my child too), however I simply needed to let it go and perceive it was obligatory.
Food is meals
Good diet was one other factor that went out the window. If anybody was hungry (which plenty of the time they weren’t – a pleasant symptom of this nasty flu), they bought given no matter we might discover in the home they felt like they may maintain down. Two minute noodles, Tiny Teddies, ice-cream, baked beans on toast – if individuals had been consuming meals, ANY meals, then I used to be pleased.
Some days I felt just like the nightmare was by no means going to finish. I simply felt so horrible and helpless, and everybody else was so sick in the home too. The older boys had been having the varsity holidays from hell so you already know, some mum guilt so as to add to all of it as properly. It was laborious to remain constructive, okay BLOODY HARD, however by specializing in the truth that this unwell part would finally cross (it needed to!), did make it simpler to manage. A constructive way of thinking can do wonders on your bodily well-being, so subsequent time I’ll positively be remembering to maintain the pleased vibes up- and to get my flu vaccination early.
How do you cope when the entire home is sick?
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