Monday, November 24, 2014

When the plague takes over



For the last week and a half we've been struck down by what can only be described as the plague. Technically the doctors never told us what it was, but it's taken out the whole family so to me plague = an appropriate name. This is probably the sickest bub and I have been since she was born almost 16 months ago. Shes been sick before and so have I, but this has really knocked us for six.

Its amazing how being sick can turn your whole world upside down and put a stop to almost everything. Its pretty much the only time I slow down and say no to things. Usually only because my body won't physically let me do them. We've been home bodies for over a week now which is driving me just a touch insane, but I don't want to be the one who unleashes the plague on my friends so its been kind of necessary (ironically all of the kids in my mothers group have been knocked down by the plague too so obviously one of the little buggers darlings was the origin of the plague). It's made it blindingly obvious to me that I could never be one of those stay at home mums who literally just stays at home all day. I need fresh air and changes of scenery and so does bub. When I say car she runs to the front door and bangs on it to tell me to hurry up. I'm sure she'll be super excited when we start going out again... if this plague ever properly goes away. After almost a week of antibiotics we're both still coughing our guts up and feeling like our heads are about to explode, but the green snot has gone so that's got to be a good thing.

We've endured hand, foot and mouth before (yea she shared that with me too, at least shes got the sharing thing down pat), but I have to say this is worse. With h,f + m she just wanted to cuddle me and sleep all day which was fine because its pretty much all I wanted to do as well. I feel exactly the same way this time too, but it appears shes forgotten what sleep is, both during the day and night. I think this plague has cured my desire to have another baby because its most definitely reminded me what sleep deprivation feels like. I'm so sleep deprived that last night when she cried I was patting my doona for nearly a minute to calm her down before I realised the noise was coming from the baby monitor and she wasn't actually in my room. No wonder why she didn't stop crying. In my defence though, it wasn't a completely ridiculous thing to assume as shes been bed hopping between our bed and her cot numerous times throughout the week. It reminded me of the times I used to wake in the middle of the night frantically searching my bed freaking out that I couldn't find the baby when she was safely tucked up in her bassinet beside me. I get why sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture, it seriously fucks with your head.

She's also decided she now hates food. All food, except sultanas and corn. Seriously? Corn and sultanas! If I was going to pick only two things to eat it certainly wouldn't be them, but who am I to argue with toddler logic. I finally get why parents get so frustrated when their kids don't eat. I've never really had to deal with it because shes always eaten like a horse and wants to eat anything, even the foods shes allergic to. This is the first time I've dealt with the screaming and raspberry blowing and smacking my hands as I try to feed her and blatant throwing of food on the floor. It sucks. I'm so over cooking her meals from scratch only to have them end up all over the floor. I'm hoping its just because shes sick and it isn't the start of a phase. She finally ate part of her spaghetti last night, so guess who's getting spaghetti every night until they refuse that too?!

So yea its been fun times in our house lately. I'm hoping to emerge from the plague fog this week and get my mojo back. We'll see how it goes.


Toni x

Linking with Eva, Alicia, Kirsty and Emily

36 comments:

  1. Hope you're all feeling better and getting more sleep soon! Being sick sucks but being sick and not getting enough sleep or rest on top of it sucks even more! xo

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    1. Yes! And then having to look after a sick, cranky toddler on top of it sucks too (lucky I love her).

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  2. It is so hard to imagine ever being well again when you are sick. I hope that you are all back to normal quick sticks.

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    1. Yea I kinda forget what normal was.. except that it involved sleep :)

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  3. Ugh! Hope you're feeling better soon!

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  4. I'm really hoping you have a much better week this week. Thinking of you and sending lots of healthy virtual hugs your way.

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    1. I'm hoping by the end of the week it'll be all gone.

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  5. Sending healthy vibes your way Toni - sounds like you need them. Wishing you and your bub a speedy recovery x

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  6. Oh gawd, I'm scared that this post is contagious. Lucky I brought the hand sanitiser.

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    1. Yea quick run in the other direction...

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  7. Izzy has been sick too poor bugger. Congested, cranky, hardly eating. It's the joys of parenting. So glad she hasn't shared it with me yet

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    1. Hayley always shares it with me :(

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  8. Get a dog to clean up after the baby!! My littlest starts chucking his food to our dogs when he is full!! Get well soon,!!

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    1. Can't get a dog in the townhouse or I'd be all over that. Mind you the other night the cat ate some cauliflower off the floor so maybe we don't need one haha.

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  9. Did you get swabbed for flu? Our school has been hit by H1N1 and my little girl copped that from her Dad who ended up in hospital ( of course smoking like a chimney when you have Swine ful will do that sometimes).
    Well take care you, hope you feel better soon - being sick mummy sucks.

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    1. Nah surprisingly enough they didn't really care too much about actually diagnosing it. We did go to a new dr though because mine was booked out for the whole week.

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  10. Oh, I hope you are over it soon. Doesn't sound very nice at all.
    Had to laugh, I've done the patting on the bed too before and she was in a different room!

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    1. Its funny now but I couldn't work out why the hell she wouldn't stop crying at the time.

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  11. Oh lovely if she'll just eat that then don't fight it!! Sorry to hear you've all been so unwell. Had to laugh at you patting the sheets because I have BEEN THERE. Sending you healthy vibes, thanks for linking!

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    1. I got her to eat a bit of toast today woohoo.

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  12. I think that would have to be the worst, being sick while your child is also sick. Elliott is quite unwell at the moment with H,F & M and he is just so miserable and in pain. And as usual, it always happens when I've got heaps of work on and deadlines. Kids first but :). Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. I hope you don't get hand, foot and mouth from Elliott Eva, it was horrible when I had it.

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  13. Hope you're both feeling better soon xxx

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  14. I hope you're both feeling better soon. Dyllan got hit with a random bug a couple of weeks ago. It knocked him around and he wasn't himself for about 5 days. I must admit it was nice to have a break from his usual 500 questions a day.

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    1. Haha if it was just her being sick it wouldn't be as bad, but she loves to share her germs.

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  15. Oh no....its hard when everyone is sick including Mum!
    Hope it goes soon, and sleep returns as well as eating. We have had a few bugs this year, and normally we dont get sick - lots of onion and garlic and spicy food has been on our menus ;)
    Take care, totally agree about the sleep deprived being a form of torture - its so very hard when they don't sleep.

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    1. It is total torture!

      I don't think I could force myself to eat spicy food no matter how sick I get.

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  16. Yes being housebound is a strain when they're that age! Hand foot & mouth is the total PITS - if this is worse then you have my sincere sympathies. Hope you are both on the mend STAT!

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    1. I'm not sure if the pain/ sickness itself is worse, but the effect its having on her and me is definitely worse.

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  17. Oh hun.. I hope you are ALL feeling better really soon hun. You poor things.. there is nothing worse than caring for sick kids when you are not well yourself xx

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    1. Yep, it totally sucks! We're working on getting better. I feel ok now apart from the sleep deprivation, but I think shes still a little under the weather.

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