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Monday, January 16, 2006


It sucks to be unwell.

When one is so sick that one presents such universally-accepted symptoms as Fever, or Vomit, or Hideous Rash, then one may lay down in bed and moan and swear that death is knocking on the door, and everyone else nods and says, "Shhh, she's sick. She needs to stay in bed. Let's make her some lovely chicken soup and fluff her pillow."

There's this illness threshold one crosses where it becomes acceptable to lay down and do absolutely nothing. It's out of your hands; you're Sick In Bed. Sure, it's not pleasant, but the lack of responsibility is comforting.

What sucks is when you're just sick enough to step right up to the responsibility threshold, but not past it. When you're siffling constantly, and you're filling up wastebaskets full of Puff's Plus, and your head hurts, and your throat feels icky, but you're not feverish or throwing up and, besides the gross sniffling, there's nothing outwardly wrong with you. Then people roll their eyes when you complain how terrible you feel and think to themselves, "Oh just get over it you complainer." Everyone expects you to accomplish your daily tasks, and god forbid you have a sneezing fit and snot flies out of your nose. Trust me, there is NO SYMPATHY.

posted by hilary at 9:40 AM |


Blogger Holli said...

I know what ou mean Hilary. I was there last week. Hope you better soon

1/16/2006 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Mom said...

I'm in the same boat today. I have a meeting this afternoon I've been trying to set up for months. Sick sucks.

1/16/2006 12:11 PM  
Blogger ::Ali:: said...

I hope you feel better soon Hilary!

1/16/2006 1:19 PM  
Blogger Rachelle said...

Yeah, god forbid MOMMY gets sick at any time! It's just not allowed, and if you do, you're being DRAMATIC! (((Hilary)))...hope you feel better soon!

1/16/2006 2:10 PM  
Blogger Hilary-Dilary-Dock said...

"Oh just get over it you complainer." LOL, just kidding!

I've been there a few times but even when I am puking and should be doing nothing but lying in bed, I still find myself up doing the "mommy" things. That is, until my husband gets home from work and then I really milk it especially if kids were home all day long!! LOL! Like that one time a few months ago when the kids and I were all home sick and Paul wasn't and went to work! When he got home, he had 3 sick kids to deal with so I could go lay down in bed!

Hope you feel better soon, Hilary!

~The "Other" Hilary

1/16/2006 4:50 PM  
Blogger Nae said...

I know exactly what you mean. What makes it worse for me is that hubby isn't here due to his job. So if I don't do it, it won't get done. No one to pick up the slack around here, although he does express how bad he feels that I am feeling ill. Hope you feel better soon.

1/16/2006 5:40 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I know the feeling - and I feel sorry for you. In my house, when my DH has one little sniffle - he thinks he is dying and needs to do nothing, but when I feel like crap - I get, "what are you making for dinner?"

1/16/2006 9:56 PM  
Blogger Kurticus Maximus said...

Yeah, I'm totally there right now.

Right at the beginning of school, BAM! sore throat.

1/17/2006 5:35 PM  

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