What to do when sick???

Jessica - posted on 06/04/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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What do you do when your so sick, you can barely take care of yourself let alone your baby. I am , and Im the only to take care of my sweet baby girl, but I feel awful and just want to sleep soooo bad Im almost in tears. I think Im writing this more to feel like someone is listening than for answers, cause I know I just have to get over it and take care of my little girl of course. AHHHH just feel so roten. Tahnks for listening.

Jessica

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I'm just getting over a two week battle with a sinus infection and an upper respiratory infection so I feel your pain!!! The meds the doc prescribed cause drowsiness, which doesn't help as I am already tired and could fall asleep at any moment if I could just close my eyes.....

Here's what I've been doing for the past two weeks, because we can't afford a sitter right now. I baby proof the house, put up all the gates, lock the doors, etc. I set my couch up as "home base" lol. For me, I have water, tissues and my pillow and blanket. For my 19 month old, I have a sippy of water (or juice), a baggie of snacks, a few cardboard books stuffed behind the cushion and a few other random toys here and there. I keep the monitor near my head and I basically just catnap the day away, getting up to pee, or make him lunch or change his diaper. It's funny, he knows I'm sick and he actually comes to check on me from time to time. I'll have my eyes closed and feel him touching my face...so I'll open my eyes, grab him and a book and read to him for a few or play with him for awhile. My biggest worry is that I'll get him sick but so far so good. I don't think there's a way to avoid getting him sick if I'm sick....if he's gonna get it, he's gonna get it. Anyhow, other than having to get up off the couch for other random things like, "Oh God what was that thump in his room?" or to check on him from time to time....I'm basically on the couch all day until my husband gets home at 6. It's making my recovery time slower because if I could just SLEEP for like 2 or 3 days it would have been over a week ago. But I think like everything else, we just have to adjust how we do things once we have babies. I really hope you're feeling better soon. Don't forget to drink lots of fluids and get as much rest as you can....in between all the other stuff you have to do. Just so you know, my house and laundry have been totally neglected the last few weeks. Oh well....lol It'll be there to clean when I'm feeling better. My poor hubby comes home from work, cooks dinner and cleans the kitchen. I count the minutes to naptimes and to when hubby comes home. Feel better soon!

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Joy - posted on 06/08/2009

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I leave my son in the crib with plenty of toys (where he won't get hurt!) , which can work for a couple of hours.... then I move to the couch to crash and watch him play where I don't have to participate... I can put him in the high chair and put on PBS in the afternoon if he won't take a nap, but I have to stay awake and vegging for that.... ;) Light snack, then afternoon nap and then it's daddy time! I feel guilty, but I lack help/resources... if I have an energy burst I dedicate it to sitting outside after it cools off and letting tot burn off some pent up energy. And I always hope the worst days land on a weekend... or that hubby at least assembled lunch and put it in the fridge for us, laid out clothes, clean sippy cups... etc. He can make it easier if he wants to for you. On the absolute worst days, it's sleeping the minute the spouse comes home.

Melissa - posted on 06/08/2009

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When I'm not feeling well and am really tired, I let my son (almost 10 months old) take naps on me. He sleeps longer when he sleeps with me and then I get to sleep as well. I just recline back in the chair and let him fall asleep with his head on my shoulder. Having him snuggle his head into my neck is soothing for me too.

Kate CP - posted on 06/08/2009

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If you're really really sick and need a day to recoup then I would suggest you spring for a sitter. I have an immune deficiency and when I get sick I *have* to rest or I end up in the hospital. My hubby and I have paid for a sitter once or twice to watch my daughter while he's at work and I can sleep. It helps a lot!

Jessica - posted on 06/04/2009

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Thanks everyone, my hubby is trying to come home early, and I've definitely taken naps with her today. It is getting better as the day goes on. I think the napping has helped.

Abby - posted on 06/04/2009

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oh, poor you! i hope u get better soon. i cant say anymore than what these ladies already have, but dont get upset, chin up, fingers crossed you make a speedy recovery! xxx

User - posted on 06/04/2009

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Absolutely rest whenever you can, but also make sure you are drinking lots of water and orange juice - get that vitamin C in you to help your body fight the bug!

Suzannah - posted on 06/04/2009

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If you can find a television show or dvd that your child likes, turn it on and lay down in the same room to rest. Get out a new toy that will keep them interested for awhile. Hang in there!

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Sleep when she sleeps. When I had the flu I was counting down the minutes to nap time. I went to bed at the same time. I also put my son in his playpen several times and let him entertain himself just so I could lay down and rest for a few minutes. My husband knew how bad I felt so he either went to work late or came home early to give me some relief. Hope you feel better.

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Sleep when she sleeps. When I had the flu I was counting down the minutes to nap time. I went to bed at the same time. I also put my son in his playpen several times and let him entertain himself just so I could lay down and rest for a few minutes. My husband knew how bad I felt so he either went to work late or came home early to give me some relief. Hope you feel better.

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