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It’s Different When Mom Gets Sick…Gina’s Favorites

It’s Different When Mom Gets Sick…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

My 13 year old was in a giving mood this week and shared his bronchitis with me. It’s really my own fault. That’s what happens when you teach your kids to share, and you snuggle with them when they’re sick. That’s ok, though, because the family that coughs together, bonds together. To keep you in giggles while I’m coughing and going through copious amounts of Kleenex, here is a fitting Gina’s Favorites post. Laugh Out Loud! 

It’s Different When Mom Gets Sick

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.

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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 the 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.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley It's Different When Mom Gets Sick...Gina's FavoritesWhen 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 I 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!

gina

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

Photos courtesy of Stock.xchng – Used with permission
3 Responses
  • paige
    February 19, 2014

    yeah it is definitely different when i am sick my husband our two girls and i got this awesome stomach bug around the same time it was awful and yet me as a stay home mom still did it all no i don’t know how because frankly my fever soared to 104 a few times but i took it slow and we all slept in the big bed and ate chicken noodle soup and drank lots of water it was probably 5 days before any of us did anything and the house was a wreck so i have spent the past 2 days trying to get it cleaned and back in order the only thing now is a headache but lets face it Advil can take care of that right, home school continues and my laundry is almost done i say its time for a nap

  • Fearless Leader
    February 19, 2014

    You just perfectly described what it’s like in my house when I am sick.

    I am a doer. The rest of my family? Not so much. They need to be “motivated” to do, you know, “something”. Of course by “motivated” I mean beaten with a baseball bat “motivated”.

    I am currently fighting “The Crud” and guess what?

    I am too sick to “motivate” the other members of my family.

    But soon enough I will be strong enough to “motivate” the lot of them. 🙂

  • This is so true. It’s like mom’s aren’t allowed to get sick. The pack still expects you to participate and be normal while your trying to get the rest to regain your strength. Don’t get me started on when dad’s get sick…lol