20 August 2008


We've been well for a long time now, but our run is over. I'm going to attempt to get through today with a raging sore throat, a runny nose and that woozy feeling. I used to curl under a blanket and stay there all day when I was sick. Now I've just gotta keep on 'managing' two very energetic children, trying to avoid seeing blood and flames. But if you saw me, you'd wonder if we really should be calling it 'managing'.

It's not going all that well. I've been lying down on the couch while Sonny Ma-Jiminy watches some kids' TV and Smoochy Girl plays with toys. That goes well until Sonny gets up and goes downstairs. Soon, he's screaming. "Mummy!!! I've hurt my toe!!!" So I get up and go downstairs. Comfort the child, kiss the toe, and haul him back upstairs.

I snuggle back into the couch. Then I realised that Smoochy is quiet - too quiet. I stagger around and then I hear her crying in the yard. She's crawled through the cold wet grass and is sitting on her swing, crying to be pushed. So I go out, push the swing, cuddle the child and haul her back upstairs.

I snuggle back into the couch. After a while I wonder why they are both so quiet and I realise they are playing nicely together at the other end of the house. Then Smoochy screams, Sonny roars, and Smoochy screams louder. I struggle down there and break it up (whatever 'it' was) and realise that there's a bottle of cough medicine on the floor.

Good mother. Left the medicine cupboard unlocked (no harm done though). Great.

At least I only have a head cold and not "The Blurts and Squirts." That would be too bad.

So I got up and decided to check my emails, hoping my body would forget it was sick.

I checked out Google Images for "sick" - I was wondering if there were pictures on the internet of sick people who looked worse than me.

I found these pictures. And yes, these guys do look worse than me.


Heather said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear you've been sick! Being sick whilst having to kiddo-wrangle is just not fun!

But, I must admit that "blurts and squirts" made me chuckle - never heard that particular term for it before.

Hoping you're feeling better SOON!!

Givinya De Elba said...

Ah, 'snot that bad!


Our neighbors had a jack o'lantern like that last year. I called him Ralph.
I love that term, "Blurts & Squirts"!

Givinya De Elba said...

Yes. They don't always come together either: you can just have 'the blurts', or just have 'the squirts'. They can of course, co-occur, and then it's just terrible.

Hippomanic Jen said...

Sorry that you're sick. It shouldn't be allowed to happen.

If it's any consolation, I'm not certain I could keep up with two energetic children even if I was well!

PS I love the pumpkins.

Givinya De Elba said...

Jen, I will soon be taking your lead and going to the pharmacy saying, "Please give me something that will make me better or kill me, I don't much care which."

Sad, but I've been saving that little gem up for my Next Big Cold. Twould be a shame not to use it!

Swift Jan said...

I like that line.... I would love to see the pharmasists reaction!!

Get better soon my friend ((hugs))

Jen said...

Awe, I hope that you are feeling better soon.

Whiney Momma said...

Man, if you were that sick it must have been bad...nothing worse than upchucking some pumpkin seeds. Now, you just got me thinking about Halloween (oooh, I can't wait!)

Tracy P. said...

I've never seen anything like this! Maybe we will have to try it and be the first. :-) Too funny!