Lilianpw's picture Lilianpw

Awww, this is so beautiful! I had to come and comment (apologies for never taking the small step of entering my name up there -- the computer even has the id & password saved, I just have to select it -- so I can comment).

I know the feeling and I'm glad I'm not sick very often.

The times I got to enjoy all the pampering possible I was not actually sick -- it was after I gave birth to both boys. My parents were with us and they brought me food in bed, fenugreek tea all day long (breastfeeding problems with Kelvin, pumping for a month), etc. Sometime I have to try and write about how comforting and soft my bed felt after I gave birth for the first time and my body felt as if it had been run over by a truck.
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Lilianpw's picture Lilianpw

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Anyhow, I don't know if what Kelvin & I had was H1N1 (I'm pretty sure about him -- completely knocked down, 3-4 days in bed with fever), but fortunately I wasn't that bad. No fever, just a feverish couple of days (heavy head) and then, a nightmarish three days of constant-every-single-moment sneezing and runny nose. Just awful. And my husband was away and I had to care for the boy. I hope you feel all better soon.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Truer words were never spoken. This is a beautiful post.
I'll never forget the first time I got sick in the dorms, how I had to tough it out in the dorms. How terrible I felt and how much I just wanted my mother. Those times certainly toughened me up for current times, when I often get to take care of others even when I am ill.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks...I think it was really brought home to me last week just how much we rely on our parents when we're sick--no matter how old we get.

mouse's picture mouse

I never get sick on my own and I tend to be the person in the household who is least affected, so I remember sick days before a kid as something of a luxury. It's very hard to escape the here and now when Scooter brings home so many bugs and Trillian frequently gets laid out with them.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Yes, those old child-free sick days were a luxury--I so see it now! I can barely remember what it was like to be sick before having kids--when I was a grown-up, that is, and married. I do remember a couple bad colds, and how glorious it was to lie on the couch and watch Seinfeld, or Nick at Nite...