This past weekend was my sons birthday and unfortunately I woke up unable to function. Despite trying to carry on as normal it soon became clear after having been sick several times that I wasn’t going to make the much anticipated birthday party. The grandparents were drafted in to help and everything went ahead without me. I feel awful for missing the party but it made me wonder what others do that don’t have a local support network to fall back on.
Even in the days following the party it has been a struggle to get back to normal everything has to continue whether you are sick or not. Children still need to be taken to and from school and have their meals, bath time and bedtime at sensible times. I think the most difficult thing is that you don’t get enough time to recover from the illness because you are more focussed on the needs of the children. Missing out on much need reoccupation time means it takes longer to recover. Luckily this has been my first sick day since I was pregnant with my 2nd child nearly four years ago so it doesn’t happen often, but I do miss being able to call in sick to work and spend the day in bed. I guess parents don’t get proper sick days.