I am currently battling the dreaded flu – it came on out of nowhere during my long run on Sunday. My throat got scratchy, I felt weak, and after I got home I could NOT get warm. I knew something was wrong when we went out to dinner and I couldn’t even tolerate thinking about anything on the menu.
I spent all of today on the couch, shivering under two heavy blankets, alternating between LONG bouts of sleep, watching Downton Abbey on Netflix, and sipping broth and trying not to hurl. I have a book I wanted to read - The Diviners – but I couldn’t even hold it up. Pathetic little me. I finally showered at 2:30, and I had to sit down on the shower’s bench to finish.
In a word, this day sucked. But, I am optimistic that it will get better. My oldest son came home from pre-school (where he got in trouble for trying to smuggle a Spiderman into his sleeping bag for nap…) and offered to make me soup, because “Soup makes everyone better, Mommy.” We snuggled and watched Chipwrecked, and he made sure I was fully under the covers and would NOT let me eat any popcorn – “It will hurt your throat, Mommy.”
Thanks to him, Gatorade, and some ramen, I actually moved off the couch. For about two minutes before I felt like I’d faint, but still. Progress. Despite feeling near-death, I was able to fly solo tonight (husband had to work) and do a decent job. I packed a lunch, gave a bath, read two stories – it’s amazing how the Mama Role can overcome the plague. It’s like my body instinctively knew that I had shit to do, and all of that flu nonsense had to wait for me to be ready for it.
And now, sensing my mothering duties are done for the night, my plague-like symptoms have returned. I will make the big move – to my bed -where Netflix, a heated blanket, and a vaporizer/humidifier are waiting for me.
There’s always Tuesday.
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