This piece recently ran on momlogic.com.
I was in the midst of nursing two kids with a nasty stomach bug when BAM! I got it. Now what was I going to do?
This wasn't a "oh I don't feel so good sick." This was a running into the bathroom every 20 minutes for seven hours straight sick. But the kids still needed me. My family is 3,000 miles away and my husband had a deadline at work -- a job he's only had a few weeks.
But it wasn't just the constant heaving that left me with the inability to care for my brood of three (four and under). The 24 hours after was filled with a throbbing head, an aching back -- reminiscent of the pain I had while laid up with a compression fracture and a cracked pelvis -- and an overall lack of energy that paralyzed me, allowing me only to lift my head off the pillow to get an ice cube sitting in a bowl on the nightstand.
I'm lucky. My husband made a few calls and a friend -- who deserves more than you can imagine -- came over and watched my kids that first day and continued to offer help throughout the week. But she just happened to have the day free -- it was Veterans Day. What would I have done if I had to watch them all myself? Am I the only mom without a solid back up plan?
What do you do when you're really sick?