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Hacks for Taking Care of Your Kid When You're Sick as a Dog

Young woman suffering from cold

Apparently, I have strep throat. This makes sense, actually, since it would explain the feeling that someone has thrust a flaming sword down my throat much better than the idea that someone actually had somehow thrust a flaming sword down my throat without my knowing it. That seems unlikely. Well, maybe if they crept into my house in the night while I was sleeping or something. But . . . It’s possible I’m a little delirious.

Anyway, searing throat pain or no searing throat pain, I have to take care of my son. Who wouldn’t care in the slightest if someone actually had thrust a flaming sword down my throat. He’d probably suggest we join a circus. Which could be fun. Ooh, I’d have to come up with a really cool stage name! I may be getting off track. I think I have a fever.

Where was I? Oh. Right. For stay-at-home moms, there’s really no such thing as a sick day. You can’t stay home from work. You work at home. And your work is a small child who will continue to demand constant attention and interaction no matter how much you want to just curl up into the fetal position and count the spots that have begun dancing in front of your eyes. (I’m up to fifteen so far. They’re so pretty...)

So, what’s a sick mommy to do? Well, here are a few things that have been working for us. And, by working, I mean that we’re both still alive. Which is actually pretty good, considering my head feels like it’s floating inside a balloon three feet above my body. But it isn’t though. Is it? Can you check? Anyway.

1. Call in reinforcements

I’m saying this one first to get it out of the way. For us, there aren’t really reinforcements to call. Our extended family lives on the other side of the country, my husband can’t take extra time off of work (he came home in the middle of the day yesterday because he’s an angel and I said I was dying but that’s about it), we can’t afford to pay for our babysitter to do extra hours. You get the idea. (At least I hope you get the idea. I may actually be typing in Chinese.) But, if you do have people who can come over and help you, now is the time to ask them. Have them hang out with your kid while you curl up in bed. Even better, have them make you a cup of tea and then hang out with your kid while you curl up in bed. If it’s an option for you, do it. People take sick days. It’s allowed.