Boy am I glad it’s a new year! I didn’t exactly end 2018 on a good note. All three of us ended up with the flu, starting with P on Christmas day. It wiped all of us out for days and there wasn’t much we could do but ride it out. Forced bed rest! More than I cared for, but what can one with the flu expect?
I do not wish that on anyone, especially with a toddler in tow. It’s hard taking care of yourself, let alone the needs of a little person. He was incredibly sweet though. Even going to so far as to cover my ears when the dogs were barking because sound and light aggravated the intense headache I had.
While I wouldn’t ask for this and hope to never get the flu again, I did come out of it feeling a little grateful.
We own our business and I work at home so there is no worry about sick leave, or calling in or hassling with any of it. The only down side to this is that we did happen to have a new machine arrive at our machine shop and it did require cc to show up to navigate the install. There was no worry of lost pay or sick days we didn’t have.
A comfortable home with heat, and lots of clean blankets. When you are sick you just want to curl up in bed and be warm when you get the fever chill.
There was plenty of food. Since it had just been Christmas, we had quite a bit of leftovers to munch on. Luckily influenza A did NOT include an upset stomach so eating was not an issue. Just the getting out of bed to heat it up!
Normally when my child gets sick he is incredibly needy and whiny to no end. Who wouldn’t be, right? Despite his 104+ temps at time, he had the best attitude and muddled right through it with us. He didn’t cry too much, whine or throw a fit. It probably helped that we all stayed in bed together for days so he had plenty of snuggle time, but I am still grateful he had such a good demeanor. It made it so much easier for all of us.
My partner, cc. With both of us being sick that meant that at some point either one of us would have to meet the needs of our sick child. Instead of throwing it all on me and playing the “I’m sick too” card she rallied when I needed the rest and then I did the same for her. She always does this so it came as no surprise, but I’m grateful to be doing this life with her…even sick.
It happened at good time. I would have rather have not been sick over my holiday, but at least P was out of school and we didn’t have much going on at work. The only downfall is we didn’t open up our fireworks business for NYE as expected, but something had to give.
Reading up on the flu, I read it can take a while for your body to fully recover. No working out for me in the near future, but I am so thrilled to be on the other side of it. It put many things into perspective, and gave us a chance to realize we need to put some new systems in place for if and when we are out.
I’m looking forward to what the new year has to offer and I wish you happy and HEALTHY new year!