Comfort When I’m Sick

Uuuuuuggggghhhh. I had hoped I left all that sickness from November behind me. But here I am with another bad sinus infection. All I can say is thank God (well, Sir Alexander Fleming) for antibiotics, because I might seriously be dead without them.

Of course I hate not feeling well when I’m sick, but I also really hate not being able to DO STUFF. I had planned on going to a concert with my husband this past weekend, but we had to cancel. I had also planned on attending the Women’s March in Chicago (holy shit, how amazing was that INTERNATIONAL turnout!!!!) but couldn’t. I’m so grateful to be alive, but it is hard not being able to live as I normally would.

So I’m keeping things low key as I recover. My days aren’t too exciting, but I do what I can. For example:

I organize my kids’s toys, even though I know my kids have no respect for organized toys.

I read easy books, and I don’t review them.

I drink a lot of hot water with lemon, honey, and ginger. I actually grate fresh ginger into the water, and it’s delicious and amazing. I also drink green smoothies, even though I don’t want to.

To counteract the positive effects of fresh ginger and green smoothies, I eat Flavor Blast Goldfish. They taste like throw-up–but in a good way–and they fill me with joy.

I watch shitty TV. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, anyone? I also binge watch Amazon’s most popular original content. With my kids around, though, I can only get through about half an episode per sitting before I’m interrupted. So “binge watching” for me means that, over the past 1.5 weeks, I’ve watched four full episodes of Goliath

I take deep belly breaths throughout the day.

I give my kids my full attention. We have this giant bean bag in our front room (which is only taking up space while we wait for our “adult” furniture to arrive), and I sit in it and let my kids entertain me. They dance while singing the soundtrack of Trolls. They get a running start and try to jump and land on the part of the bean bag I’m not on. (This rarely works out.) They read their picture books out loud and make lemon sandwiches out of Magna-Tiles for me “to snack on when I get hungry.” After 20 minutes of this, I’m exhausted and sometimes irritable, but my heart is happier.

I color in one of those adult coloring books. My favorite one lately is Fantastic Collections.

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That’s about it. What do you guys do when you’re sick? Also, if anyone has any suggestions for beating this recurring plague, I’d love to hear them. I really need my immune system to start working again…

 

 

6 thoughts

  1. Oh no! Sinus infections are the worst! I used to get them like clockwork spring and fall but haven’t had one in years. I don’t know why but I am not going to complain! I hope you are on the mend and completely well again soon!

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    1. Thank you, Stefanie! Thankfully, I’m finally starting to feel better, but, ugh, sinus infections really are the worst! I’m glad to know you stopped having them. Maybe the same will be true for me?… One day?… Fingers crossed. 🙂

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