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When Mom is Sick

Let’s face it, moms aren’t allowed to be sick.  We don’t have time for it and typically aren’t given the opportunity for recovery.  I’ve been battling a really bad cough now for about a week.  I know in time it will work itself out, but it’s exhausting.  Yesterday I was coughing so much I gave myself a headache.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn my husband had a work function last night.  I was working my way through the coughing and headache all day but by the time my kids came home, I snapped.  I must have yelled at them 5 times…in 45-minutes.  They were loud, they were fighting over TV, fighting over the computer, my son was climbing on the counter, the dog was barking, dinner was taking forever to make and I was cranky.  I had to apologize to them twice.  (The other 3 times were totally justifiable.)  All I really wanted to do was take some Advil and lay down in bed.

I actually can’t remember the last time I laid in bed during the day when I was sick.  I’ve battled through the common cold, sore throats, strep throats, the stomach bug, all while putting on a somewhat happy face and caring for my children or accomplishing a full days work.  I know I’m not alone.  When our children are sick or our husbands, they get to rest, snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and watch TV or nap their way to recovery.  But not most of the moms I know.  How come when mom is sick, we’re still expected to take care of everyone else?  Do we bring it upon ourselves because we can’t let someone else take control or is it that no one else steps up to the plate?  What’s your reason, or for that matter your trick, for making sure you get the rest you need to recover?


  1. Sally C. January 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I’ve finally come to the realization that taking time to get well means more productive days than struggling through sick for weeks. So, now, when I don’t feel well (migraines are my thing) I get rallied enough to get the kids to daycare and then go home to bed. Sometimes my husband can do pick up, which gives me another hour or two, but usually eight hours of rest gives me enough time to get back to school pick the kids up. Then, it’s a movie/easy night and to bed early. Your health is worth the “inconvenience” to your employer.

  2. Tara December 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I just put my foot down and let everyone know that I am sick, and resting. If my partner is home to take care of the house, he now knows better than to get me out of assertive, and things will get done.

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