Treating the Untreatable

by Lisa Donovan

This last week has been murder on me and my six year old son. He has been home all week with what I thought to be just a bad cold. By Wednesday evening, he was vomiting and had chills. Everyone but me and him escaped it. I was in the same boat by late Wednesday evening.

So what do you do when you and your kids are stricken with something that only time will work out? Well, your kids have the luxery of rest and plenty of relaxation to cure them quickly. There are also some clever tricks of the trade that ease their discomfort - my son thoroughly enjoyed the quiet time in his bed with a few favorite magazines and books.

And what about you? Well, you know, parents aren’t allowed to take sick leave. But, I was so lucky that my husband could take most of the day off and let me sleep it off. But that morning I was trying my best to keep up with the diapers and breakfasts and the other flu victim in the house. It is important to remember to use those same clever tricks for yourself as you would your kids. Keep yourself hydrated. Lay down as much as possible. Let the kids watch movies until their little hearts are content if it means you get to sleep for the duration of Finding Nemo. And, when possible, ask for help. Had my husband not been able to come home I was completely ready to make my best friend take my well child with him for the day so that my son and I could wallow in our ickies together.

Today we are better. We kept our fluids going and actually had some soup and crackers for dinner last night. Things are looking up. My son is back at school and I am still a little flu-ey but not at all as dismal as I was yesterday. Here’s to healthier times!

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This entry was posted on Friday, March 31st, 2006 at 9:48 am and is filed under Daily Living, Cold and Flu Remedies. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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