Today was not supposed to be a day that I sit at home and watch my daughter suffer with a massive double ear infection, her tiny eardrums close to bursting, and her lungs close to pneumonia. Today was supposed to be a day full of life and adventure, and sun and fun. But sick days happen to all of us, all the time, and usually when we least expect them or can handle them. Here are my go-to steps for feeling better and making the most of a sick day with my little one:
1) Rest: Let your kid rest, and get yourself some rest too. Make yourselves as cozy as you can. No matter what's wrong, rest always helps everyone, and it has to be a priority. When my child or I are sick, we love watching movies, taking a bath with Epsom salt or steamy shower, reading books, and playing low energy games like cards or board games.
2) Get help: Whether this means calling the doctor for more advice, or your mom or friend for help caring for your sick one or yourself, don't always try to do it all alone. You'll feel less anxious and helpless when you know you have help on your side.
3) Stock up: This is something to do BEFORE anyone is sick. Make sure you always have your most important items stock piled at home: Any medicines your family uses regularly and pain / fever relievers, but be sure to CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATES a couple of times a year. Also extra water, rehydrating ice pops, soups, oatmeal, crackers, favorite snacks or drinks. My favorite thing to stock is my emergency treat bag I keep hidden in my closet for days like today. It includes little surprises for my kid like stickers, a new card game, her favorite candy or gum, coloring books or play dough.
4) Enjoy some comfort food: When someone's not feeling well, it can be hard to have any appetite. Making your family's favorite food can make anyone feel better and helps get some strength back too. For these ten days she's gagging on her antibiotics twice a day, my daughter gets to eat ice cream with each dose. If that's the only way it goes, down, who cares. I'm with Mary Poppins on this one. The more rainbow sprinkles we add, the easier it is to help her feel and the less painful it is for me to force it down her.
How do you take care of yourself and your family when you're not well?