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It’s Different When Mom Gets Sick

It’s Different When Mom Gets Sick

by Gina Valley

It’s different when I get sick.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m the mom or because I’m the primary caregiver or because I have the bad timing to take ill when the planets are aligned funny.  But, whatever the cause, it’s different.  Definitely different.

When one of my pack gets sick, I take his temperature and bring him juice.

When I get sick I take my own temperature, and am woken up by pack members who want juice, but can’t locate it in theHumor Funny Parenting child point of view mom sick ill caregiving rest different Moms Dads Kids children Family Life love refrigerator.  Sometimes, they also want help locating the refrigerator.

When one of my pack gets sick, I put a clean, extra soft blanket into the dryer to warm it up for her.

When I get sick, my 4 year old uses the dryer to heat up her grilled cheese sandwich.

When one of my pack gets sick, I bring her meals to her in bed on a tray.

When I get sick, my pack assumes it’s “starve a fever AND starve a cold.”

When one of my pack gets sick I give him a chilled bottle of water with a sports top so he can drink without spilling while lying down in bed.

When I get sick, my pack runs the garden hose through my bedroom window to my bed so they won’t have to come up the stairs.

When one of my pack is sick, I bring her books, art supplies, and a portable DVD player to help her stay entertained.

When I get sick, my pack brings me buttons to sew back onto jackets, laundry to smell-check for re-wearing, and quizzes me about where their cleats and library books are currently located to keep me entertained.

When one of my pack gets sick, I keep the house quiet so he can sleep.

When I get sick, my pack takes turns waking me up every 15 minutes so I will feel like I’m in the hospital.

When one of my pack gets sick, I walk her down the stairs when she is feeling good enough to be up and about.

When I get sick, my pack panics when I start to feel like being up and about and asks me to give them a 30 minute warning before Humor Funny Parenting bulldozer child point of view mom sick ill caregiving rest different Moms Dads Kids children Family Life loveI come down the stairs, presumably so they’ll have time to call in a bulldozer to help tidy up.

When one of my pack gets sick I know he’s done being sick when all the extra sleep and focused nutrition have filled him with renewed energy.

When I get sick, I declare myself done being sick when the sleep-deprivation and concern for the state of my kitchen push me too close to the edge of permanent insanity.

When one of my pack has been sick and announces she is well, I tell her that I am so glad she is well, but that I want her to rest a bit extra for the next few days to get her strength back up.

When I have been sick and announce I am well, my pack tells me they’re hungry, the toilet is backed up, and they need to finish a report, including a full color 3-D poster, about Koalas before school the next morning.

It’s just a bit different when I get sick.

Laugh Out Loud!


How about you?  Is it different for you, too?  Tell me all about it.  Shoot me a comment with the details.

9 Responses
  • James @SaskaDad
    May 9, 2012

    All I’m going to say is that in our house, dad is a big wimp and mom is a trooper.

    • gina
      May 10, 2012

      James- I appreciate your honesty! I’m not going to touch the “Husband Illness Severity Syndrome” with a ten foot pole. I’ll just say that we all feel things differently 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Crazed in the Kitchen
    May 9, 2012

    So funny and so true. The sad thing is that my husband fits right in with my “pack.” And if he gets sick…look out. The man was once felled by pink eye for nearly a week.

    • gina
      May 10, 2012

      I’m so glad I gave you a smile!
      I totally understand! The Professor is often rather stymied when I’m laid up. Fortunately, it doesn’t happen frequently. I don’t have enough strength to be sick often. It’s too much work to set everything right afterward! And, I think the garden hose might have been his idea 🙂

  • Andi-Roo
    May 21, 2012

    Lucky for me, my 1st grader is a sweet heart & wants to make me “all better”. And actually my HS senior is pretty swell too, when he’s home. The hubz, however… he’s my big baby. I worry that if I ever get cancer, it will honestly be the end for him because he’ll (a) not know how to deal with it, & (b) come down with something much worse. And what’s worse than that, right??? If I have to lose a boob, I’m pretty sure it means his whole brain will have to come out. Not to make light of disease & illness… but okay, yeah, I’m trying to make light of disease & illness, lolz! ;p

    • gina
      May 22, 2012

      It sounds like you are raising some great kids.
      It’s funny how hubs tend to handle things so differently than we do. I know that, at least in my case, it’s probably a good thing because one person acting like me is plenty in our house!
      I think that sometimes the best way to face tough things is in fact to make light of them. Humor can really help!
      I’m so glad you stopped by!