Seven Days and Seven Nights…

Sadly not a Cruise
around the fair Greek islands
in a red sarong.

Seven Days and Nights
spent watching over fevered
children in their beds.

Seven days of tears
seven nights of sleeplessness
Mommy needs a break.

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Monkey began the long week with Strep last Friday, and stayed home sick and miserable through Tuesday morning. Just as I sent her off to school and snuggled down with the wee babe, he spiked a fever of 104, and has been battling it ever since. As I indicated in last night’s dreary post, he has the flu.

So here I am, peeking around the corner at another weekend, having survived five straight days home alone with ill children. I am a little worn out, very sleep deprived, and I swear dehydrated. It feels like the baby is trying to nurse every drop of liquid out of my body.

All night long he clung to me, nursing away his misery and illness. I know the doctor said to limit his nursing, but after trying to calm him every other way I know, I went with my gut and just gave him the boob. I don’t think having a flu ridden baby scream for two hours is better for him than breastmilk. The only thing he might do is throw up more, but so far, he has kept it down.

I would be unsurprised if Monkey comes down with the flu, and if she does, I am going to slam my head into the nearest desk, hard.

We are completely out of easy to prepare food, as I have not made it to the store in a week, so I am stuck cooking serious dishes from scratch. I don’t even have any brownie mix!! I am also almost out of diaper wipes, as my month Costco trip was put off due to illness.

I am going to have to venture out to the Wegman’s today, or find a delivery service for these items. Hmmm…. I wonder if anything I need could be sent to me via Amazon, we have free shipping.

Is it gauche to order one’s groceries online?

23 thoughts on “Seven Days and Seven Nights…”

  1. i wish i could send healthy mojo your way but sadly…i’ve been experiencing the same technical difficulties over here!!
    so…feel better to your kids…stay healthy…order everything you can online…and hibernate!! no more germs!!

  2. Poor you guys! Sending get well vibes your way ~~~~

    Check out this website:
    I saw it on the View last week when I was stuck at home. The meals have wholesome ingredients and are expensive but cheaper than eating out. I thought I’d try it if the bed rest went on much longer… Maybe it would work for you?

  3. I wish I could just run your errands for you. Seriously, a mom with sick kids really needs a break. Hope everyone feels better soon, and YOU – Go have some fun! 🙂

  4. Catt,
    A small bear is on your shoulder whispering curses into your ear–no, wait–whispering strengthening aphorisms in your ear. Whatever. I wish I could run to the store for you & come help with the kidlets. Time for chicken soup!
    Love you, girl,

  5. I’m sorry you’ve had such a challenging time and I’m sending healthy thoughts your way. I hope everyone gets and stays well soon!
    Hugs and blessings,

  6. My comment just got eaten….

    We have been ill, too: ear infections, bronchitis, stomach flu. Ugh.

    Here’s hoping you get some rest and the kids get well quickly!

  7. Everyone –
    Thank you so much for your support and commiseration. I can’t tell you how much better I feel, simply reading the comments, than I did last night. (Which included a decent night’s sleep!)

    Thank you!!

  8. Why not order on line all the time? That’s what I say! But with this caveat – in my experience they won’t choose the best fresh fruits and veggies – at least at King Soopers, you often end up with the stuff that regular shoppers wouldn’t buy. So for staples (like brownie mix), it’s great. For fresh food, not so great.

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