Monday, January 3, 2011

It finally happened.

Yesterday I had the day off from house-mom duties. That's right. I spent the day in agony with the stomach flu. It started at 3:30 a.m. and I did not feel any modicum of relief until close to 10 p.m.  I am still sick, but I am back on full duty as Mike seems to have it today. Fabulous. I just went outside and forked hay for the horses, hoping I could finish on time to run back to the bathroom again. I just got Micah fed and cleaned up. The other two are watching TV so they have not eaten yet. I have about ten minutes to relax until their show is over. Then I will have to make something for them. I'm not sure what the day has in store just yet. I'm pretty sure I'll be sitting in my chair reading a book most of the day, getting up only for trips to the bathroom and for necessary kid duties such as feeding, diaper changing and anything else that arises. Oh boy. I can say at the very least that I am grateful that Mike was here when I got sick. Yesterday I could barely even stand except for about 30 seconds at a time, so there is no way I could have taken care of the boys, let alone the horses. Micah was extremely devastated to be kept away from me the entire day. Toward his bedtime, he climbed onto the bed when Mike came in to see me, and he laid down on my chest and put his head down on me, with his arms wrapped around me. It was so sweet. When Mike took him away again, he just wailed and wailed. I felt so bad for him, but I so don't want him to get this. I don't know what the odds are that he won't, but I can hope.

Have to put this aside for the moment. Jamie wants to sit on my lap.

Well, all three boys are in the basement playing now. I am nervous about it, as I don't let Micah go down there, ever, but the last few days he has been joining them and he seems to do very well down there. I was not going to allow it today, but the other two insisted. Micah is actually very good on stairs, but with a concrete floor I get very nervous. Cody is good about watching him and he promised to call me if Micah is getting into trouble. So, I am alone up here for now, which is good. I am going to read for a while. Maybe at some point today I will get up the nerve to eat, but it is hard to say for sure. I'm in survival mode now, but I am very thankful that I am no longer nauseated. Yuck.

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