Down With the Sickness

It started yesterday with some sneezing.

I went to work yesterday (Friday) feeling okay. No problems, a little sinus pain but that’s been going on for a while now. About an hour into work I felt a slight tickle/itch in the back of my throat. As the day wore on, the sneezing continued.
And continued. Until I couldn’t walk around without some form of tissue in my hand for fear of my nose running like a leaky faucet. It was simultaneously dripping, and clogged.

I didn’t feel poorly at first, but the later it got in the day the more I felt like I was coming down with something. By evening, I felt full-on sick. I was worried. Josh had to work the next day and I’d be on baby duty… Alone.. with a cold. I haven’t been sick since Nellie was born, so this was uncharted territory.

We got her to bed around 9 or so, and I climbed into bed once we knew she was down. I couldn’t sleep, thanks to awesome sinus drainage and general feelings of malaise. She woke around 11:30 and I re-paci’ed her and she went back to sleep with minimal fuss. I dragged my pillows and a blanket out onto the living room couch and managed to snag a couple hours of fitful sleep before she woke up yelling and carrying on around 3:30. I tried to comfort her back to sleep but I suspect she’s going through a growth spurt. Josh made her some more food and she had a bottle, and finally went back down around 4:30. I crept into the bedroom in tears at the thought of having to take care of a baby while feeling so badly and asked Josh if he could take off work. He has no paid time off right now, so he couldn’t. He told me to call the in-laws and ask for their help tomorrow. I was hesitant as they’d just kept Nellie all day the day before while I was at work.

Nellie woke for the day around 6:30. I fed her a little and she was still acting tired, so we napped together on the couch for another hour. By that time it was late enough, so I called my mother in law and asked her if she would mind taking Nellie for the day so I could rest. She agreed, and came to my rescue around 10 AM. I was so relieved because the simplest tasks that are normally no big deal while caring for Nellie seemed too big for me to handle, and draining. I had planned on taking her out and shopping for an Exersaucer, groceries, and clothes and the thought of that was laughable, now. After my mother in law and she had gone, I crawled into bed and slept for almost 5 hours. When I woke up, I was very hot and dizzy but at the same time, didn’t feel as bad. After some chicken noodle soup and a hot shower, I felt semi-human again and ready to have Nellie come back home.

She came home around 6 and the rest of the night has been pretty good. We’re having some sleep issues which is frustrating, but at least I’m not feeling as bad as I was last night.

To all you mamas out there who take care of your little ones when you’re sick: I commend you. I’m very lucky that I have my in-laws to call for help when I’m feeling under the weather, and I know there will come a day when I’ll be sick and they’ll be busy. But today, I lucked out and was able to take a sick day.