When Momma is Sick…she keeps going

School has been back in session now for weeks and with the weather starting to change over that can only mean one thing. Flu and cold season is upon us.  Having two little loves in two different schools gives us double the germs to be shared around the house.  Let the fun begin.

First it started with diva coming home saying her throat hurt. She was coughing and had a running nose. She was better in a matter of a few days and back to herself.  Next was wild man. He too come home from school said he was feeling bad. His problem was his ear.  He had a running nose as well but his major complaint was an earache.  Both were given medicine to clear up their runny noses and we also cleaned out all the wax out of wild man’s ear.  He was also back to his bouncy self in a matter of a few days.

Kids bounce back fast after being sick. Why can’t husband’s do the same. Why is the same cold that a 5 year old gets and can get over in three days takes a grown man well over a week to overcome? Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband. He works very hard for our family but when he “gets a cold” he is in bed by 9 and its the end of the world.  I am sure you ladies know exactly what I’m talking about.

For the record, I have the same cold. But guess what? Moms don’t get sick days. Heck we don’t even get to go to bed early or take naps. Moms can’t get sick. We learn to function through it. We continue to function with said cold so that our homes will not fall apart. Here at my house if I took a sick day the kids would not get up for school on time, their lunches would not get packed. The husband for that matter would not get up on time for work for I am the alarm clock for the house.  The dishes would not magically load themselves in the dishwasher. Breakfast and lunch for the three youngest Littles would not get made.  Laundry would not be washed nor find its way to the dryer.  The freshly cleaned clothes would not get put away in everyone’s closets by the clothing elves. How else do they get back in the closet anyway? Missing shirts and lost socks would never be found.  The dog would not get to go outside to pee thirty times a day, floors would not get swept and the toys would not be picked up. The kids would not get picked up from the bus stops and homework would never get completed. Dinner would never find its was to the dining room table. Late evening adventures in our backyard followed by bath time and bubbles would be unheard of. If mom took a sick day.  If I took a sick day who would stay up till 11 making one more round checking on the kids before going to bed? Pulling up blankets, tucking in toes and kissing foreheads one last time only to be awakened at midnight by the soft cries of baby girl wanting her bottle. Then back up around 2 because one of our three year olds has to go potty.  Back up at 4 because baby girl still takes a bottle around the clock. Then its back up at 530 because hubby has to go in to work early. No point on laying back down for 6 a.m. is just around the bend time to start the day all over again. But moms don’t take sick days so all of this will still get done.  Because being a mom takes priority over a cold. I am thankful I can still do all the things that need done. I may fuss about being tired and my kids and husband may notice I am a little grouchy  (they may never notice I am sick) but at least it’s just a cold.  Many take for granted their health and what a blessing being healthy really is. I know a few people that would give anything to be able to take care of thier kids or do a load of dishes. There are much worse things than a cold. 
From our beautiful chaos to yours pray for those who have serious illnesses tonight. Pray for those with cancer, chronic pain, broken bones, or other terminal illnesses.  Be thankful for your blessings be thankful you just have a cold. 

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