The Fever, Colorado Style

My blog friend Vivi has been battling the "fever" at her house for a long, long time now. I had to laugh that she dubbed it such. Here at our house the fever has taken hold and will not let go. Carver and Lily and Zinabu all had bouts with really bad colds, recovered, then began round two. Zinabu has not officially breathed through his nose in about 25 days. Lo and behold, Carver just started sniffling and sneezing once more. I, myself, am getting nervous that I have the flu and not just a really, really bad cold. A really bad cold does not make you feel like dog doo underneath a garbage truck. I now understand why they put horses with broken legs down. Please, somebody, come put me out of my misery.

I could not sleep last night I was so congested. I watched an infomercial on acne products. I also have aches and chills and have not eaten much other than some grapes and dry Cheerios. I am chugging tea and juice, though, so even though all I want to do is lie on the couch and moan, I have to get up and empty my bladder every hour.

This is the hardest part of motherhood--being sick and still needing to feed and water my children. When I woke up this morning I spent a good 10 minutes telling my stomach not to vomit, and it has been downhill from there. David left this morning at 6:45 and will not get home until 10:30. I kept looking at the clock, telling myself "Just get through the next 5 minutes." Made breakfast. Packed lunches. Got kids to school. Collapsed in bed. Picked Z up. Went to Target for drugs. Noticed I was wearing 2 different shoes. When the salesperson said, "How are you today?" I actually looked her in the eye and said, "HORRIBLE!" I believe I scared her. If not my attitude, then the mismatched shoes and sweatshirt covering my pajama top. I feel a little unbalanced.

Right now I am letting the kids do pretty much whatever they want, except eat sugar straight out of the sugar jar. But who knows... when I'm moaning and writhing they might be sneaking spoonfuls in. All I have to do now is watch the clock and keep plugging along, 5 minutes at a time. I am dreaming of bedtime like there's no tomorrow.


Bekka-Reeeeeeee said...

Well I truly do hope that you get a very restful nights sleep and that tomorrow dawns with you feeling much, much better!

Chatter said...

Oh no... I'm so sorry. Thank goodness I've only had one really nasty bug since being a parent. And plenty of little colds here and there. But it's awful being sick as a parent. I was talking to my brother during one of my illnesses and he was home, lying on the couch, nursing his sore throat and cough. I was a wee jealous. I hope you are able to get some sort of rest. Oh, and this past week was a mouth breather for 4 days with swollen glands so I googled for any relief and came upon this tip. 'While lying on your back push hard on the bridge of your nose (between your eyes) for 20 seconds while thrusting your tongue on the roof of your mouth'. It took me a minute to get the hang of it but I swear to you it cleared up my completely clogged nose just long enough to shut my mouth and go to sleep. Best of luck to you in getting some rest!

hotflawedmama said...

UGH! worst part of motherhood, being sick and just wanting to wallow in feeling icky. when do we get someone to just let us lay on the couch and rub our hair? seriously!

If i lived closer I'd take the kids and then send someone to come rub your hair. Perhaps a professional?

Hope you feel better soon!

Vivi said...

You know I'm laughing just a little bit, don't you? I mean, why wouldn't I...I laughed at myself - it was either that, or cry.

I feel your pain. The fevah is long and it's nasty. We tested negative for flu and strep, but there must be enough of it out there for them to think to test us for it.

Here's to feeling better soon and some sort of self-rigged-able-to-stay-on-the-couch-toilet.

bridget and luke said...

Damn, woman. We have that fevah bug up in Northern Colorado, too. It's AWFUL. We were in deep in the yuck since Friday.....finally coming out of it, though. Hang in there....so so so sorry!

Deirdre said...

Oh, honey! So, so sorry you're feeling so sick. It's THE WORST being sick when you have kids to care for. And to be all alone for the entire day? Oh man. I really hope you kick this thing soon!