Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Nothing (That I Want) to Do on a Not-Quite-at-Death's-Door Sick Day

I knew it was safe to assume today that LG was feeling better when he came out of his room this morning announcing, "I'm ready for another day of watching cartoons!"  After a strep diagnosis and then a misfire on the start of his antibiotics due to a day of vomiting, followed then by fever, sleep, sleep, and more sleep, he finally started slowly coming out of his virus/bacteria-induced lethargy yesterday.

I have to admit that for only the second time in my parenting existence I was truly becoming a bit unnerved by an illness.  I just had never seen a 5-year-old so listless for so long.  I was really starting to wonder if I was making some huge mistake - that I should be rushing him to the hospital rather than letting him sleep, sleep, and sleep some more.  Around noon yesterday, I finally went in to try to roust him from bed.  He didn't really want to come out but when I mentioned the possibility of watching PBS Kids, he threw back his covers, rallied his small forces, and hobbled out of the room, saying, "I love cartoons."

Perhaps that is the advantage to not letting your kids watch too much TV.  It's only then maybe that it has the power to raise the ill from their sickbeds.  Perhaps it cures all ills too, because during the course of a marathon cartoon watching session yesterday, LG definitely started perking up.  Which brings me to this morning.  I have a kid who is basically better but can't go to school until he's been on antibiotics for 24 hours, so here we are at home with not a whole heck of a lot to do.  Have I mentioned the weather is horrible?  It's cold, snowy, and WINDY!  Here's a picture to give you an idea....

That's our mailbox back there...
Compare that to this time last year when we were spoiled by a freak warmup, and you can understand why I am disgusted with this now.

This time last year, enjoying the trails on a warm March day.
Luckily for me, today is a scheduled rest day, so I am not missing out on too much.  Miss Dog is the bigger loser in this because with LG home I can't take her on our rest day walk, which I have gotten into the habit of doing.  Of course, with the wind howling and the snow blowing, that probably wouldn't have happened anyway.

I am left here thinking that the day really has the potential to get sucked down the rabbit hole never to be seen again.  Seeing as I definitely am not 100 percent, part of me is only too willing to let it slip away.  I am trying very hard to rally myself and put some effort into an otherwise blah day.  The blog is Step 1 of that attempt. I figure if I shame myself publicly, I will feel compelled to do something.  Normally in these circumstances, I like to plan race schedules and such, but seeing as this is Day 7 of illness, I already did all that on Day 3.  I'll share more on that later.

So, things to do on a not-quite-at-death's-door sick day:

- Write!
- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Run errands
- Do strength exercises that I usually ignore
- Finally try that recipe for chocolate peanut butter spread that I just made up in my head the other day

Yes, folks, it gets as exciting as all this at the Average Runner house sometimes.


  1. Chocolate peanut butter spread? That sounds yummy!

    Hope the little one continues to perk up. It is hard being at home with a not quite sick one. Even more frustrating when your child gets sent home with a fever but never had one that you could tell and then needs to be "fever free" for 24 hours. We had a good play day and then back to school for her.

    Have a great day!

    1. Thanks for the well wishes! LG is feeling much better although another day home for him. Part of me is starting to wonder if he has already learned to play the I don't want to go to school so I will stay home sick game. lol