What do you do when you're sick?

Rebekah - posted on 01/24/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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What do you guys do, as a SAHM, when you're sick? It's not like we get a sick day to lay in bed, so what do you do? Do you have any tips or tricks to keep the kids occupied, or entertained?

I have a really bad cold and I've had chills and a headache all day. All I really want to do is go back to bed, but I have a 19 month old and a 3.5 year old. I tried laying on the bed and letting them play in my room for a while earlier, but now that room is a huge mess. During nap time I laid on the couch with my 3.5 yr old and watch Winnie the Pooh, but I need more ideas... What do you do on sick days?

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Donna - posted on 01/27/2011

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Take as many drugs as possible, litter the place with toys and snacks and then supervise from the couch.
I also lie on the floor and play for short bursts, but mostly they see that I am not up to much and adapt - children are great at that.

Lady Heather - posted on 01/26/2011

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Meals are eaten on the floor in the living room. She gets mad if I just lie on the couch, so I lie on the floor on a bunch of pillows. She does whatever she wants and the TV is ON. hahaha. So long as everybody is fed and alive at the end of the day - success!

Karen - posted on 01/24/2011

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I set up camp in the family room and let them make a mess. I make sure they are fed but other then that. I do nada. I will get it done when I am better.

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Before my son started school, If I was really sick, my husband called in to work so he could stay home and take care of our son and I could rest (He still got paid so it didn't affect us financially).
If my husband could not be away from work for some reason, I called a neighborhood girl who I often used as a "mother's helper" to come entertain J while I rested. I stayed in my room to keep from getting them sick, but I left the door open and drifted in and out of light sleep. I usually paid her $30 for the day--about 6 hours--which was good for her b/c she was only 14 (I would not leave J alone with her, or take any meds). Also, since she was in school, I could only use her in the summer or on the rare occasion that I got sick during some school break.

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I'm sick right now. I've got my 17mo & 3mo also sick (they shared), they've both had it for over a week with little signs of improvement, they are cuddling on the couch with me watching educational kids shows. My eyes are all bloodshot from being so sick & from being woken up by them both at several alternating times during the night. My husband is on nightshift atm so I won't have any relief for the next 4 days. My plan is to preserve my energy as much as possible, cook dinner in the slow-cooker, sleep when they sleep & go to bed when I put them down of a nighttime. Then on my husband's 1st day off (he gets 4 days off) I'm going to hand over the reigns & rest for a whole day, only getting up to feed my son. Hopefully then I'll be on the mend. I'm also going to take some pro-biotics to make sure I get healthy quickly & stay that way! Thankfully I don't get sick often!

Krystyna - posted on 01/27/2011

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If I am that seriously sick, than I ask my husband to take the day off so I can concentrate on getting better and taking care of myself. He is great that way, and I love him for it because he knows the sooner I get better, the sonner we can get back on track.
Feel better!

Heather - posted on 01/27/2011

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Alot of duct tape and the livingroom wall keeps mine occupied. By the time he gets down its time for bed :) Kidding! Mom's don't get sick days. So frankly I rent older neighborhood kids that can keep an eye on the munchkin ( 8 month old ) or call my dad and offer in aeroroot cookies.... he loves those. ( He's 53) plus it teaches my kid to share :) And YES it is true. All men are big babies when they are sick.. I would love for my husband to do what I do in a day and then find time to do stuff for himself. HA! :)

Emily - posted on 01/27/2011

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When I'm sick I usually turn on cartoons and lay on the couch. My daughter is pretty active and dosn't really like when I do, so I'll just tell her that Mommy is really tired and need to rest. Thankgoodness she is really good at intertaining herself. My Hubby is really good and either making dinner or picking dinner up when I am sick and that really helps too! Other than that there isn't much else we can do unless we have a Mother in Law or our own Mothers who can help!

Renee - posted on 01/27/2011

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I think this is kind of funny...we as mothers just keep on trucking along and make sure that our kids are taken care of even though we feel like crud and just wanna sleep. What do our husbands/SOs do when they are sick?? Most of the time they are just another child for us to take care of!! (Not saying ALL men are like this...but my hubby is the biggest baby when he gets sick) Even if we feel the same way they do, we still make dinner, keep the kids happy, and take care of them. :)

Ambyr - posted on 01/27/2011

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That is pretty much what I do. I close off my living room and lay on the couch. My kids are 1 yr and 10 months and 10 months old so I cant let them go too far without me. They just play with toys and I have the TV on with their cartoons to listen too. When it is time for them to eat I quickly feed them and its right back to the couch lol. I mean depending on how bad I feel. I just got over a flu where if I stood up for too long I would get really dizzy and almost pass out. Some colds though I can make it threw without laying on the couch too much hahah.

Lydia - posted on 01/27/2011

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Last week I was down - pregnant with flu and a bad eye infection, headaches... and a teething 9 month old that's on the move. I wanted to call my mom to come over but she lives on a different continent so I called my MIL who lives in the city... I usually can't take a whole day with her around but when I'm sick I rather have her over and get some rest than suffering... oh and hubby could take some day off from work too, that helped a great deal.

Stifler's - posted on 01/26/2011

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nothing. just feed the kid and watch tv while he plays lying on the couch. stuff the housework unless it's important like dishes or laundry.

Allison - posted on 01/26/2011

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Yep, thats about it. If i'm reeeally sick (I'm prone to pneumonia) then my partner will take a kid to work with him. So i can just let the other 2 tear shit up. But, yeah. When we're sick, we're screwed. Hang in there baby.

Rebekah - posted on 01/25/2011

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Today I talked my husband into staying home. I had a fever this morning and now both of my kids have fevers. I'm so glad he was able to take off or I think we'd all be in my bed feeling miserable.

Candy - posted on 01/25/2011

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I suck it up and move on. Of course thank the good Lord I havnt been that sick. Now that the kids are in school,I would sleep while they are in school and doctors my self well.

Katie - posted on 01/24/2011

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There's really not much you can do when you are sick. If you are home with the kids by yourself...maybe find a nice movie you guys can watch or play some games if you feel up to it. Hopefully just wait it out til your husband gets home and ask him if he minds if you lay down for a little bit. Because resting when sick is good for your body. Hope you find something that will help you get through the sick days

Bonnie - posted on 01/24/2011

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There is nothing you really can do other than try to just rest as much as possible. I know it sucks not being able to just be alone and rest and not have to worry about anything or anyone, but just try to let things go and when you are well tackle as much as you can. It will all still be there when you are better. Hope you feel better soon.

Laura - posted on 01/24/2011

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Let them make the mess. Rest what little you can't and wait til your better before you go back to "work" (cleaning, dishes, laundry, etc) Just do what you can. Hope you feel better soon.

Renee - posted on 01/24/2011

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That is basically all you can do. I don't get sick often but when I don't feel great I lounge on the couch and let my 2 1/2 and 10mos old play in the living room. Granted they make a mess but it keeps them occupied.

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