Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mea Culpa, Winter 2011

Original (partial) to-do list for today:
  • Get everybody ready for school
  • Bring girls to school
  • Run errand to the drugstore
  • Go to supermarket to do the grocery shopping
  • Come home, work on freelance writing projects
  • Pick Genevieve up from preschool
  • Work some more during her Quiet Time after lunch
  • Meet Julia's bus
  • Work some more while girls play outside after snack/before dinner

Revised (partial) to-do list for today:
  • Lie awake in bed most of the time between midnight and 5 a.m., listening and responding to Julia's literally almost-nonstop coughing
  • Dose Julia repeatedly with nighttime cough medicine, to little avail
  • Notice she feels hot; dose with Tylenol as well
  • Note that Genevieve sounds very hoarse when she yells at Julia for keeping her awake; recall that she complained of ear pain before bed
  • Get up at 5 a.m. because what else am I gonna do?
  • Curse myself for staying up to watch the entire State of the Union Address as well as all the post-address commentary
  • Curse myself for getting up at 4 a.m. to get work done two days ago. Why didn't I sleep when I could?
  • Call child/children in sick to school
  • Do not run errands
  • Do not get groceries
  • Do not get any work done
  • Wonder how many illnesses one family can possibly get in one school year
  • Wonder how many days you can miss 1st grade in one month before someone gets suspicious and comes looking for you
  • Drink a whole heckuva lot of coffee
  • Start becoming paranoid about catching child's/children's illnesses
  • Think about how Gwyneth Paltrow probably has people who run her errands and buy her groceries for her, even when her children AREN'T home sick
  • Forgive Gwyneth Paltrow for that
  • Drink more coffee


Mary S. said...

Sick again? That's rotten. It's probably no consolation, but my experience was that you have sick winters and well winters with kids. First grade is often a sick winter because of the increasing variety of germs kids are exposed to, even those that have been to nursery school or day care. (Don't get me started on eighth grade and what a health horror that can be--walking pneumonia for the parents, not the kids!) There isn't much you can do but hang in there...and drink coffee.

Angel said...

Oh for real, this winter is insane. I just want to throw my hands up, give up, and not leave our house for the next 3 months until the sun comes out and burns off all the germs.

Liam was in for his well-baby checkup yesterday, and has a start to/end of (unending?) ear infection. The kiddo I work with has strep (and my throat is starting to feel sore). Ugh! I'm so done with this!!!

Ok, sorry for ranting on your blog. What I meant to say was, feel better Tassavas, and we're in the same boat over here too. ;)

Mnmom said...

Same here too. I think the only solution is to burn down your house and NOT forgive Gwyneth Paltrow.

Lina's home with stomach flu and I'm finally on a whole arsenal of western medicine and a neti pot to get me over whatever curse I'm under.

Luckily this too shall pass, and the sun and warmth will come again.

Rachel said...

You may try Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa ( i know a lot of people use it, its also non alcoholic, though it's effectiveness is not as good as alcohol based cough medicine, but it's still good to use on not so serious scratchy throat.

apprently ( according to the instruction) children from 2 to 12 can use it.

Rita said...

Oh honey : (

So sorry.