I woke up this morning and thought my throat had been filled with a pile of rocks in the night. Wincing as I swallowed water to soothe my dry and very sore throat I then turned off my alarm and curled up back in bed where I spent the next few days being comforted by my family, fed hot chicken soup and left alone to sleep in peace; hearing only faint whispers by all trying to be quiet around me.... IN MY DREAMS!
Get some rest you say Doctor or Google? How will my children get to school and preschool? Who will get out their clothes and make their lunch? How will nappies be changed and clothes washed and beds made? Who will stop Franklin emptying shampoo bottles in the shower and filling the toilet with bath toys? Will dinner magically appear on the table with the kitchen all tidy? Sure I can rest here and there for a few minutes and pray I sleep through the night uninterrupted, but sorry, I'm a mum!
The thought of chicken soup and freshly made juices sound divine but my body aches too much to hold up a knife and chop vegetables let alone drive to the shop, kids in tow to pick up the ingredients. Unless I can go in my ugg boots and pj's?
So how do we get better while our busy routine continues?
1. Ask hubby to take half a day or come home early for work. The moment he walks in the door hand over all responsibility and take yourself to bed. Make sure he takes night duty as well, he might be tired for a couple of days working and doing that but at least you get a chance to get back on your feet.
2. Use frozen meals and heat up dinners so you don't have to worry about cooking or give your family eggs on toast. People can eat way worse on a good day or live off take away so a few nights is nothing to worry or feel guilty about.
3. Get vitamins in you and take what is prescribed to you for a quicker recovery. I have been having a lemsip before I go to bed. Sipping the warm lemon drink soothes my throat and it has paracetamol in it to help with my aches. (seek medical advice for your symptoms)
4. Ask for help! I get this is a big deal and I am the worst culprit. I prefer to be the helper than the helped but it is something I'm working on and if you are offered a cooked meal or help with your kids, it's three little letters... YES!
5. Stay at home. Put your social catch ups and outings on hold and stay in your pj's. Firstly, no one wants to catch what you have in the first place and secondly it will force you to put your feet up and lay on the couch. Even if it's between school drop off and pick up! Put away anything you get out straight away to stop a mega build up of dishes and your pantry spilled over your bench. Do the chores you can't handle leaving in little segments between rest. Don't kill yourself doing a full house clean. Clean one room a day or just stick with what's important and have someone help with the rest.
Being sick for a few days is better than being sick for weeks because we aren't getting the rest we need and fighting off the bugs properly. Stay healthy, keep away from sick friends in the nicest possible way and with winter coming; have back ups in your cupboard and freezer to help you out.
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