This past week I have felt the sympathetic looks from many people. Teachers. Friends. Other parents at the bus stop. Random strangers in the stores. These silent pats on the back have kept me going through nearly two weeks of runny noses, coughs, sinus infections, sore throats and a very, very grumpy family. Cold season hit our household like a tsunami. Large waves of kleenex rose up as a tidal wave as the mantra became, “Go get a kleenex to wipe your nose.” This mom of three is so tired she turned on the television so she could nap for twenty minutes. Soups and chillies were made through a sinus headache in an attempt to battle the colds away. Orange juice and almond milk was poured into glass after glass to lessen the fluids seeping from every nose of nearly every single family member. We have a dad so tired he plods through the house after work still in his untucked button up shirt too exhausted to go upstairs to get changed.
How do we do it parents? When we are sick ourselves and fighting exhaustion, how do we still manage to put one foot in front of the other to make lunches for the kids (who are lucky that day not to have a fever), go to work, start up a volunteer snack program at an elementary school or simply function when this kind of week hits a household?
We are the soldiers. We may have larangtyis, drink green tea with honey instead of wine (hell, I haven’t even wanted wine for the last two weeks) sit zombie-like under a warm blanket watching whatever is on the television, sleep when we can, pop tylenol to numb the pain of a headache or sore throat, but we get through it. Or so I keep telling myself this week.
How do I manage when fall colds hit our house? Besides the above already mentioned I try to remember:
1) At least it’s not the stomach flu.
2) It’s only 5-10 days. Colds do end.
3) It is a good excuse to get that hired cleaner in and scrub every surface in the house to get rid of lingering viral intruders.
4) Water. Water. Water. Make sure everyone is drinking lots of water. Good habit anytime.
5) The kids think it’s great to get juice every day as it is usually a treat. Super Mom points.
6) It is kind of nice to sit cuddled with one (or all three kids plus the dog) watching a movie because frankly, we are all too tired to do anything else.
7) Never run out of kleenexes. Good excuse to hit Costco.
8) Green tea is better for you than a glass of wine. Instant detox program.
9) My body needed a break from exercising anyway to heal up from last race.
10) You can cancel almost everything. No other excuse is needed. Who wants to be around someone with a bad cold anyway? All obligations can be re-scheduled and you actually have free time to write, nap, catch up on tv, read whatever your fancy.
How do you manage when colds hit an entire household?