Thursday, May 27, 2010

She's Sick, I'm Tired

I used to always envy people who got to take sick days when their kids were ill. I thought they got to stay home, nap, and just have a nice day. They didn't feel sick, so they could just relax.

I know better now.

Meg is sick for the second time in three weeks. Not little sick. Big sick. Runny nose. Fever. Not eating. Sleepy, but not wanting to sleep because she can't breathe. There is not a part of her that is well. Even her hair looks sick.

Oh, and she is crabby. Not just crabby, but craaaaabbby. Meg is never crabby. She is always in a good mood. Nothing ever seems to bug her. Even when she gets angry, or upset, it is only for a moment, and her good humor is restored quickly. It's like she can't help but smile and giggle. For the past 36 hours, though, smiles and giggles have been replaced by whines, and eye rubbing. I haven't seen her cry this much EVER. Cuddling seems to help, until it doesn't. Then she screams like my arms are made of cactus. She was happy with a popsicle, until she started crying like she was being fed fire. I tried to bribe her, but she wouldn't take a check without two forms of ID.

I feel like I have been running my butt off, even though I really haven't done that much. I haven't washed my hair, or put on real clothes. I haven't cleaned. I haven't really eaten anything. I've only Tweeted three times. Still, my feet hurt, and my mind is mush.

I need a cocktail. A big one. It will help while I write "I'm sorry" notes to all my former co-workers with kids... I just hope I can finish them all before I fall asleep.

22 comments:

The Mad Grammarian said...

I hope you both recover soon! A sick baby is certainly no walk in the park.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Get better my little Meg,

LL Cool Joe said...

Sorry but that line "I've only tweeted three times" cracked me up. See that has to be a blessing right?

Get well soon Meg, for Mommy's sake.

Jules said...

Can you give Meg a cocktail too? Maybe that would make both of you less crabby?

What?

Oh. Sorry. I didn't realize. What? I don't have kids....

P.S. I hope Meg feels better soon.

Kelly said...

Poor Meg and poor Mommy. It's the worst when even a popsicle doesn't do the trick.

erin said...

Elijah was the hands down best baby until he was about Meg's age and all of the sudden he was constantly sick. Turned out that he had chronic ear infections and I won't go on and on but what's going on with Meg might be related to her ears.

I'm sure you've taken her to the doc or you will if she doesn't get better soon, but just keep the ear thing in mind if her fever goes above 101...her eardrums could rupture.

Sam said...

Hope you both get some quality rest soon.

I've been home all day with a sick one this week, too. And also feel uncannily exhausted by it.

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Oh, I'm sorry. I hope she feels better soon. It's always harder on the mommy.

FabuLeslie said...

A sick house is certainly no fun for anyone! I hope she hasn't puked in your bed like happened to me. Get well soon. I thought it was funny when you said she wouldn't take a check without 2 forms of id. Ha! As if anyone writes checks anymore.

Waiting Lisa said...

Aww, I hope she feels better soon...so both of you can get some much needed rest!

Amy said...

When I worked and had my daughter in day care, we had sick days every two weeks. At one point, my husband came home and said something like, "What, you didn't do anything all day?" and I stood up covered in snot from the whiny thing I tried to soothe all day and handed her to him and walked away. I think I took a shower and cried.

I feel for you. I hope she gets better soon. Also, that you don't catch the bug. Hang in there.

miss cottrell said...

Being home sick or with sick kids or anything vaguely related to sickness and kids is cruel and unusual punishment. I rely heavily on television and bribery.

melistress.com said...

Do you have one of these? http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/1063067/2/istockphoto_1063067_aspirator_aka_booger_sucker.jpg it is really difficult for babies to clear their passages and sometimes they need a little help. Just a thought.

just making my way said...

Aw, poor Meg and poor Mama! There is nothing worse then not being able to make your kid feel better right away. Hope for both of your sakes she is back to her cheery self again soon!

Her said...

Poor baby! I hope she feels better soon--for your sanity. Staying home sick is only fun when you're faking it.

Catherine said...

Hope Meg is on the mend. Amazing how our point of view changes once we have kids. sigh....we can never go back.

Eternally Distracted said...

There's nothing like karma is there?!! I hope that she gets well soon

Kim said...

Yes, a crying child can wear you out more thoroughly than a 10K run.

Not that I've ever done a 10K run.

She Said said...

I hope as I am writing this she is starting to giggle and smile and steal your remote control.

Dr. Heckle said...

I'm sorry to hear that! My two year old was sick all weekend. No fun to see them feeling so awful, and it's no fun for us to have to deal with it either! I hope you get better soon!

Granny Annie said...

But be thankful that you can call work and tell them you will be staying home with your sick child. Back in the day I was a single mom with 3 and 4 four year old and our lives depended on my job. There wasn't any of this calling in with sick children unless you wanted to miss a day's pay and worse, have the absence go in your "incidental" file. If my parents could not help I would have to call Babysitters Inc. and hire some totally unknown person to stay with my sick child and actually pay them more per hour than I made myself. Don't you just love us old folks and our crazy stories?

Aunt Juicebox said...

Hang in there! Sick babies are our punishment for kicking nuns in a previous life.