Sunday, February 8, 2009

Looking At the Bright Side--The House of Sick Edition

It started with Sarah. She was sick. And not just a little sick. The poor thing had a fever for three days. Then a few days later, Dino got a fever and cough. 

Sarah got better and I woke up achy and with a fever. Now usually I hop in a tub and rest but not on this day. It was Sarah's festival and school and I was helping to run it. I had to be there. Mike stayed home with Dino and I took Sarah to her festival. I made sure to keep my hands washed and kept a distance from everyone there. It turned out at least half the moms there felt like I did.

I came home and  crashed, watching Noggin with Dino and Spanky, hoping I could get the girls from school soon because to be honest I needed Miley. I will admit when I am sick, I tend to rely on my oldest to help with basic chores like fixing a simple meal (peanut butter and jelly), changing a diaper and emptying a dishwasher. She is a lifesaver when I am sick.

So I go to pick up the girls and notice Miley is wearing her coat in the 74 degree sun. Uh-oh. She gets the car and tells me her head is burning but she is shaking all over but didn't want to leave school because she wanted to give her family tree speech. Now usually I would give a lecture on how she needed to get home if she felt sick but seeing as I did the very same thing that morning, I said nothing.

I brought the girls home, brought in the sleeping boys (they usually fall asleep in car line) and inspected Miley. She was in worse shape then me. Sarah got out big blankets and we all slept on the couch for a few hours.

The next morning was when the real fun began. Dino wanted hot tea for his throat. Sarah wanted sausage, Spanky wanted juice and both Miley and I wanted to stay in bed all day. Seriously the thought of standing up for more than 20 seconds was out of the question. Both Miley and I were dizzy, shaky, a regular mess. 

Mike did what he could to help but had appointments all day. He promised to stop in Whole Foods for some soup and was off. And then  the 8 year old and the toddler had the run of the home. 

I will admit I was impressed Spanky knew to get a bowl and pour cereal in the bowl, even if some did get on the floor. I was thrilled little Sarah was able to fix some peanut butter toast and honey. And I have a great love of Verizon thanks to on demand pay movies. Honestly, purchasing a new movie right away from home is the coolest thing ever and a way to keep the kids near me.

At the end of the day, Mike came home to what looked like a nuclear fall-out. Boxes of raisons littered the floor, granola crunched under every step one took, banana peels seemed to be everywhere but the trash. But we were OK. We survived.

On Saturday, Miley was fully recovered. I felt somewhat better and Dino no longer had fever. We pulled ourselves together for a wedding. (Post coming on this later :) ) We danced, laughed and lived again, without coughs or stuffed noses.

We came home and picked up Spanky to change him out of his suit. He was warm. I was up all night with Spanky. Perfect way to end this house of sick with a explanation point.

Oh but the bright side. Not only did we survive and learn we can work together no matter what obstacles are thrown in our face, the dress I wore to wedding was lose. It's a smaller size and it was lose. Seems the nasty virus diet of living off nothing but soup and tea helped me get rid of those pesky holiday pounds. Superficial? Yeah, it is. But after my week and even last night with Spanky, I'm going to look for anything to celebrate.

Wishing you a very healthy day! (Eat that vitamin C!)

21 comments:

Candy said...

ooohhhh NOO!!!

(((you're unbelievably optimistic;-))

Sonya said...

Hope it's all over soon!

My 14 year old came down with a mysterious lump in her throat Jan 20th. What we thought was strep turned out to be mono! She's now missed 8 days of school and we're not sure if she can go back tomorrow or not. But, at least it's only her sick!

Glad you survived the week.

Brian and Staci said...

Oh man...WHAT a bummer :( I'm so sorry your family has been under the weather. Glad to hear you are all getting better. I've been eating oranges LIKE CRAZY....and now, I have apthous ulcers in my mouth...but that Vitamin C has to be doin' some good right?!! Here's to a healthy week!!!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

I hate you were all so sick! At least you saw the good in it all :)

Elaine A. said...

Oh man, what a week, huh? Hope everyone is well today. I know it's REALLY hard when you are sick too. Great job on the weight loss! ; )

Momo Fali said...

We are just starting ROUND FOUR of illness, since MID DECEMBER. My son and I are down for the count on the couch right now. Not sure what it is this time. All I know, is that I can't wait until summer!!!

Hope Spanky is feeling better soon!

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

Oh, that is AWFUL. I hope you clorox the tar outta the house like a bug bomb. And, that you are all WELL soon.

CC said...

thanks. I need that wish. As I type this through blurred yes and a dripping nose....

mah-meeee said...

oh yuck! time to clean out the whole house and get rid of the germs. :)

feel well soon!

Anti-Supermom said...

So sorry that you guys ALL were sick, I can't even imagine with four sick kiddos.

(I'd totally be celebrating the fitting into the dress too. It secretly makes me want to get 'a little' sick too).

Maybe I should just lay off the M&Ms.

Elizabeth said...

yes...virus diet...have had that one! hop you're all feeling MUCH MUCH better!

KC said...

UGH.. I feel your pain.. but the virus diet is a plus :)
Hope everyone in your house is feeling well soon.

Amanda said...

I hate it when one of the kids get sick ~ because you just know it will go through them all!
I'm glad you got to the wedding ~ extreme diet that virus diet, but having a loose outfit would make you feel better after such a crappy week!
love,
Amanda x

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh my word....that sounds just awful. I'm so sorry, but it sounds like you survived. I don't think there is anything harder than being sick as a mommy and still trying to take care of things. But you're right...movies on demand are awesome!

Carol said...

I'm glad you have all survived honey! So many crazy bugs going around at the mo. Seems like every one is getting something.

Carol said...

I'm glad you have all survived honey! So many crazy bugs going around at the mo. Seems like every one is getting something.

Carol said...

I'm glad you have all survived honey! So many crazy bugs going around at the mo. Seems like every one is getting something.

Carol said...

I'm glad you have all survived honey! So many crazy bugs going around at the mo. Seems like every one is getting something.

Carol said...

I'm glad you have all survived honey! So many crazy bugs going around at the mo. Seems like every one is getting something.

EatPlayLove said...

we just had a lovely wave of illness come through our place as well. we are on the mend, hip hip hooray! We love "bubbly" which is Emergen-C packets.

Purple Teacup said...

I am so sorry y'all were sick! I am catching up on your blog.....from like November!