8 Oct 2014

A Crippling Cold



Have you ever been gripped by a crippling cold? The kind that makes your nose drip like a leaky faucet. That has your ears ringing louder than the bells of St Paul's. The one where your tonsils swell up to the size of lemons so that swallowing your own spit becomes a gruesome ordeal. I have. Several times over since I was a child.

Life was simpler then. My parents would call up school to report my absence. Then keep me warm in my bed. I grew up, got a job, and did my own calling in to report sick. Curling up after under a warm blanket, box of tissues on hand, sipping on warm honey and lemon water as I drifted in and out of bland daytime television dreams.

There has been a paradigm shift since I decided to be a full-time stay-at-home mother after the birth of baby J a little over three years ago. Now there is nobody to report my sickness to. Apart from the OH, who decides the cold is not crippling enough to justify his carer leave. And my snotty-nosed three year old, who decides this is the day of all days, the day when his mother has all but lost her voice, when he will wake up at three in the morning and cry himself hoarse to be allowed into my bed.

Ever wonder how these crippling colds always seem to make an appearance at the beginning of the school term. And how your child becomes snot-free only when half-term approaches. They need to have some sort of quarantine in place for school children, to protect their poor parents from these rather virulent viruses that seem to go round in circles around school playgrounds, mutating as they get passed from one snotty nose to the next, exploding in all their fury only when they reach an unsuspecting adult.

For heaven forbid, if that unsuspecting adult is a stay-at-home mum with no nanny/grandma/child-minder/neighbour/friend to turn to in her hour of need, she will be left fighting her cold battles all by her own lonesome.

That will precisely be the day the OH will work long hours. That will invariably be the day her child decides to fall in a muddy puddle five minutes before the school run, so that she is left wiping her nose with one hand while trying to pull soggy clothes off a squirming little boy with the other.

It will be the day when, sneezing and spluttering behind the wheel of her car, she struggles to find a parking spot near the school gates. So she decides to park further along and walk some distance on the pick-up run. Only to discover that the child has drawn up picket lines and is on the verge of staging a sit-down protest in the middle of a very busy road over being denied the pressing of a button at a pelican crossing. 

Even the Rain-Gods have aligned against her on this of all days. The cold rain lashes down on her unprotected head. By the time the umbrella is unfurled in all its B&M glory, her teeth are chattering in her head.

Back in the warmth of her home, she dreams of a hot cup of tea and the comfort of her sofa. Alas, it is not to be. As if sensing her indisposition, the child is on the warpath. Tears and tantrums lurk around every unsuspecting corner even as she waits for the clock to tick over the long minutes of the last few waking hours of the day before the child is safely ensconced in his bed and she can finally nurture that crippling cold. 


19 comments:

  1. Ah A big hug to you. Hope you are feeling better now, You reminded me of the times when my kids were small.

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  2. Oh I know this feeling well...it is definitely the thing I dislike most about sahp, what I would give for a duvet day sometimes!

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  3. Ohhh get well soon xx It is SO different being ill once you've got kids isn't it? I actually dread it as I know Z will still want to be bouncing about all over the show. Hope the pesky germs leave your house soon x

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  4. Oh yes, I think every Mother across the land empathise with this one. Great post Vai #sharewithme

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  5. Such an awful feeling. I hope you are all well now x

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  6. Gosh I know this so well. We have all be unwell for the last two weeks, but I am so not allowed a sick day!

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  7. Oh I could relate to this post so much! I long for the day when I can just retreat to the warmth of my bed without worrying that all hell is breaking loose elsewhere. Sorry you are feeling crappy, it is definitely a start of term thing. Hope you feel better soon x #sharewithme

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  8. The worst thing about being a parent sometimes is the fact that you dont get a sick day!! We can all relate. Sending much love!

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  9. big hugs.... no calling in sick when you're a mama is there?! I have a cold - pregnant and three kdis, all i want to do is hide under my duvet!

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  10. I dread the Septemeber (and October) back to school colds. I'm usually hit really hard and then get all the post viral stuff after. Ugh. Hope you are feeling better soon. xx

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  11. I hope you are feeling better soon x

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  12. Colds are hard work work and a nuisance, I fully understand what you are going through , all you want is to snuggle on the sofa and have a duvet day. I suggest you do that exactly. Make a camp in your lounge, make a box of sandwiches and hot soup in a flash and tell your little one you are playing a camping game and get them a sleeping bag. You can rest on sofa and little one can play and camp on floor next to you. Hope you feel better soon.

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  13. Oh I so hear you - there's no sick leave for mums is there??! I really hope you feel better and get some rest soon x

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  14. Bad colds are hideous when you have children to look after! I can completely sympathise - I find it much more difficult now to get through the day when I'm ill, than when I was working in an office. Toddlers are much more demanding than colleagues!

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  15. Get well soon - tis the season of germs isn't it and its soooo hard with little ones. I do miss the days when you could just sleep under a duvet all day long to sleep it off x

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  16. So sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I can empathize all four of us have been extremely ill this past two weeks and long for the day when I can be sick without running to the next bedroom to clean up sick and then run back to be sick myself. It was all too much this week I feel for you hunny. I really do. Hope you are on the mend now. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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  17. Aww. Hope you're feeling better xx

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  18. Hope you are feeling better soon, I hate the fact that us parents don't get sick days

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