Annie and I just had an interesting week in our life as parents. We were both down with the flu (like lose a bunch of weight kind of flu) and we still had to be parents. I know millions and millions of people have handled this and much worseâ?¦but this was our first time in such a situation with Sammy.
Hell, I lost 6 pounds alone on Tuesday. Good times.
Now that weâ??re feeling better I can say that I didnâ??t really learn anything other than we can survive. Our biggest goal other than getting better was hoping that Sammy would not catch this heinous virus. I donâ??t think weâ??re totally out of the woods with him but he appears to be showing no signs as of this writing. He did have numerous vaccinations and I know a couple of them had to do with flu type virusesâ?¦so maybe that has helped.
It seems there is always something in life that shows up to show you how much easier you had it before. This week showed me that yes parenting is hard, but when youâ??re sick itâ??s much more difficultâ?¦so enjoy it when youâ??re healthy. And it showed me that when things are going good, or normal, we take them for granted but when things are going bad we all bitch and complain. You know, the â??why meâ? bull crap so many of us do.
I know â??why youâ? and I know â??why meâ?â?¦because none of us are immune to bad things. Sure, some of us may go through â??worseâ? things than others but this too is relative. My flu this week while trying to be a parent was the worst thing Iâ??ve had to deal with for a while but maybe the worst thing you had to deal with was having an arm amputated. Obviously your situation is worse but it doesnâ??t take away what I dealt with. I mean, I understand the gravity of both situations and am glad I had the flu versus the amputation.
I guess the point Iâ??m trying to make is that there are different degrees of â??badâ? and itâ??s good to keep those things in context. When you find out someone you know has cancer it has a way of making all the crap you go through seem petty but itâ??s still your life. Maybe the most important thing to remember is to not complain so much about things because things can always be worse. Additionally, with things like Facebook and Twitter, it makes it too easy to air our dirty laundryâ?¦maybe do less of that.
The best advice I can give to any parents out there in situations like this, power throughâ?¦itâ??s all you can do!
When my now-25 yr-old daughter was 3, her father, brother and I all had a flu that was similar to the one you describe. We could barely get out of bed, let alone run around after a three year old. I had a friend, who also had toddlers, take Sheena to preschool daily for several days, till we were better. We were able to suffer in bed, and she was free to play, while also avoiding the noxious virus.
As you said, there’s not a lot you can do, or learn, except that you just do what you gotta do.
Matt (Little Browne's daddio) says
You’ve got that right, Daisy. All parents go through it at some point…but wow, miserable. LOL
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