This is an utterly self-serving question, because I’ve been miserable for the last 5 days with a cold/sinus mess. It’s a genuine question though, because when I’m down for the count, it really puts a lot on those around me. I’m the glue, the scheduler, the gap-filler, the teacher, the most-of-the-time cook, the laundress, etc. and when I can’t do more than 20% of my usual tasks it gets pretty chaotic pretty fast.
Videos have been my friend, and thank God I have one obsessive reader and another who’s getting pretty entranced with at least looking at books. Yesterday I found the Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology textbook on my bed, and when I asked who got it off the homeschooling shelf Fynn proudly told me he’d looked at Every Single Picture in it! I should probably be worried about that one … it’s all illustrations, but still it’s a high-school level textbook and has plenty of fodder for young imaginations. One of the perils of having reading material laying around, but at least I can double-check what he’s seen, and not be wondering what he’s stumbled across online at this point.
Michael’s also pitched in a lot as soon as he gets home, with food and dishes and putting the boys to bed. I’m very thankful for that! Douglas also made a couple lunches and that was awesome. I’m also lowering my standards so that I don’t drive myself too nuts. My folks are stopping by tonight for a very rare visit here, and while I did get clean sheets on their bed and vacuum, there’s still unfolded laundry and toys around and dishes in the sink. Real life. Thankfully today I have about 80% of my energy back so it’s a lot more normal around here.
So when’s the last time you were sick? How’d it affect your life and your family?