Healthy Me on the Horizon

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For the last couple of weeks I've been having a bit of a down cycle. I haven't felt much like blogging, writing or socialising and then on Saturday morning I woke up feeling terrible. At first I thought it was just a cold, something I'd be able to ignore while getting on with things, but as the day wore on my energy was seeping out of me.

The timing couldn't have been worse, we've just started decorating BP's bedroom and the kids have just broken up for the easter break. I've spent the last couple of weeks wondering if LP was going to get chicken pox but actually it was me that got ill. Typical! So, Sunday went by in a blur. I took lots of medication, tried to push past the terrible achy feeling and got on with the decorating. When I finally sat down at the end of the day I could barely move. Then yesterday I thought I was feeling better, spent the morning doing more decorating and even got a little tidying done. However, once I sat down that 'wiped out' feeling hit me again and all I wanted to do was sleep. 

The problem with being ill, especially when you're a mum, is that you can't just sit down and sleep. There is always something that has to be done. I've spent these last few days dreading getting better because I know the work is piling up while I'm ill. I still have to sort out feeding the little ones but I can't summon the energy to tidy up afterwards. The washing pile is growing rapidly and the kids toys have been spreading themselves over the lounge floor.

I woke up this morning and for the first time since Saturday I didn't have a headache. My energy levels are returning to normal and although I sound really rough, am constantly sniffing and sneezing and my coughs sound like a dog's bark I am actually feeling better. Walking into the kitchen this morning I looked at the 'dirty plate bomb' that had landed and sighed. It was time to get stuck in and tidy it all up. 

Today that's what I've been doing; sorting out my kitchen, tidying the rest of the house and putting dirty clothes in the washing machine, all without having to take any medication. Now that's progress. I'm hoping that in the next couple of days this sniffy, coughing me will be gone, replaced by the healthy me. 

I hate being ill, as I'm sure everyone does, but it seems somehow worse when you're a parent. Those little ones want to play all the time and rather than disappoint them you smile and try to play just as enthusiastically as you would normally do, usually resulting in you feeling a whole lot worse. I will be a much happier bunny when this cold has disappeared!

How do you cope with parenting when you're ill?

Mama and More

12 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm so with you on this one. Back before kids, not only was I rarely ill (kids are very germy, I find!) but when I was, I could just rest up. Not so now! Which I think makes the illness worse and last longer, but what can you do? Hope you're feeling better now x

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    1. Exactly - what can you do? Just get on with it I guess... I am feeling much better now thank you. The haze has finally lifted!

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  2. Oh gosh i know exactly how you feel. Pre-Monkey being ill was the perfect excuse for a rest in front of a disney film. When you have small people to look after and a house messed up by them, there really is no time for that rest you desperately need! Glad to hear you are on the mend and hope you are feeling fully better soon! xx #allaboutyou

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    1. Oh those awesome days when illness meant a day off work and lots of rest. I actually can't really remember what that's like anymore!

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  3. I am completely with you on this one! It takes so much longer to get better now that I have kids, you just can't rest enough to really shift things! And, when the kids give me a bug, they seem to bounce back after 24h while I'm still feeling rubbish three days later :) Hole you're feeling much better x #AllAboutYou

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    1. Oh you're so right. The three boys in this house (including the hubby) seem to get over things really quickly, like you said - 24hrs, but I'm ill for days. I guess it must be a consequence of having to continue with regular routine as much as possible and not giving ourselves time to recover.

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  4. You know a messy house is not such a big deal, the important thing is to rest to get better as soon as possible. One of my strategies for dealing with colds/flu is having a stock of paper plates and plastic cutlery in the house. When I'm sick I stick to easy one pot meals (like skillet chicken and potatoes or risotto) and use disposable dinnerware. You are only human! #AllAboutYou



    Angie from reasons to dress, life as an expat mom in Italy.

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    1. That's true but I do tend to get more stressed when I see lots of plates and things that need washing. I think your strategy is a good one and I may have to pinch it! ;)

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  5. Being ill when you've got kids and have no let-up is crap, no two ways about it. I agree with Angie, next time hit the paper plates! Glad you're feeling a bit better lovely - but take care of yourself, it could also be your body's way of telling you that you need to take a break from time to time. #AllAboutYou x

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    1. You're so right Zaz, a much needed break was required. I'll have to remember that next time.

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  6. Aww hope your all better now, I was so ill last week and it makes looking after the house and family feel like really hard work. Then the housework/pots/washing mounts up. Then when you feel better you get tired catching up :) I am tiring myself writing this comment lol

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    1. Oh totally. I am almost back to normal now that the kids are back at school but am still very tired. Of course that might be to do with the 2 mile walk/run this morning! ;)

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