I’m sick. Boo! It started on Monday with a horrible back ache and scratchy throat and exploded into body chills, stuffiness, couch, and fever. I hate getting sick not just because of all the general yuckiness that goes all with it but because I consider it a failure. Last year a horrible stomach bug spread like wildfire through our house for two weeks over Christmas, while we had guests, and I simply decided that I wasn’t going to be one of its victims. I popped a Dramamine, took a two hour nap, and declared myself “cured” with nothing more than a tiny bit of nausea. That’s why on Monday I figured a scratchy throat and a back ache wouldn’t be a big deal and I only took some Motrin and used my heating pad. I’ve been camped out in bed or on the couch ever since so you can see how that turned out.
I am also the world’s worst patient ever. I won’t go to the doctor unless I’m bleeding from my ears or something. I don’t like medication, especially antibiotics, for minor illnesses. A bout of a MRSA infection will really turn you off. I also don’t know how to just rest. I can’t even blame the kids. Even when I was single and kid-free I would rarely just sleep away my sick days. Here’s what my sick days look like.
Take the Longest Hottest Shower Ever
Oh man do I love a shower that exhausts the hot water heater! I don’t have the luxury of taking long showers every day because we have places to go, people to see. On my sick days, I cancel all of my plans and I turn on the shower and sit in the tub until the water turns cold. It’s relaxing. It helps warm me up when I’m dealing with chills. It simply makes me feel better.
Binge All the TV
I usually keep the television off during the day but all bets are off when I’m sick. If the kids are home with me I’ll indulge them in every show and movie their little hearts desire. If I’m home by myself or sequestered to my bedroom, I’ll binge all those shows that I’ve been putting off and add in a bunch of random documentaries.
Do Work, Do Work
I know, I know I should be resting but as much as I love a good nap or two, I can’t sleep the entire day away. Sick days are the perfect time to do all the things mostly because I’m not expected to do the everyday things other than the keep the kids alive. All that time frees me up to get ahead on working and work on those things I’ve been putting off.
I’ve been making a huge effort to eat healthier. I strive for low carb, high protein meals with fresh fruits and vegetables most days but on a sick day? All of that goes out the window. I love a good cup of tea and a bowl of soup but it gets old fast. Ice cold, bubbly soda or a Slurpee makes my throat feel so much better and my favorite comfort foods like grilled cheese and Chinese food really hit the spot. I tell myself a few days off the wagon won’t kill me. Besides what’s more enjoyable than eating your favorite snacks while binge watching Downton Abbey?
Take a Break
I eventually give in at some point and make a legitimate attempt at resting. I give in and let Tim wrangle the kids, we order take out, and I try to sit on my butt and do nothing. If I get a nap in or go to bed early bonus points to me. The real point is to not stress about being off schedule or relying too much on Tim to do the things I would normally handle.
What do your sick days look like?