11 November 2009

Us and the rest of the world

Yeah, still sick. More sick. Seems like everyone is these days. Riley is pretty much fine, just dealing with a lingering cough and stuffy nose. Maddie is a mess: feverish even when medicated, runny nose and eyes, listless and with no appetite. I'm hanging on by a thread; I think I'm mostly just really tired.

Sick mode at our house involves lots of TV, books, and juice. The TV and the juice are pretty special treats, the books a part of the standard repertoire that don't require more energy than any one of us has. Sick mode also features eat-on-demand: if it sounds good to you and we have it in the house, you can eat it. Structured mealtimes are pretty much a no-go, and I try to offer a lot of fresh fruit, dry cereal, and other simple yet relatively nutritious things. Neither Maddie nor Riley is going to waste away over the course of a week's illness, so I figure anything that might help them feel better is worth serving.

I'm not planning to take anyone to the doctor for now. I don't want to get exposed to 1,001 things we don't have while the immune systems are down, and, for now, ibuprofen and Benedryl seem to be helping out enough for us all to get some rest.

Time to snuggle with the kids and watch Dora. Too bad they're too young for 30 Rock.


cv said...

Ugh. Sorry to hear about maddie. We miss you!

Keen said...

Ugh. We're sick, too. Not as sick as poor Maddie, though. Hope they both get better.

I actually find I love the relaxing of the rules when the kids are sick--it's the one bright spot. Yesterday I lost count of how many episodes of the Backyardigans we watched.

Hope you're able to get some rest, lady, and hope you're all better soon!

OTRgirl said...

I like how you described the nurturing side of caring for your kids. It does sound sweet and cozy.

One of my coworkers brought in huge containers of Vitamin C, Echinecia and Zinc tablets. I think that's the only reason our department hasn't gone down with the flu.

Amber said...

It's exhausting to take care of sick kids so be sure to take care of yourself too! And is anyone really too young for 30 Rock?! ;)

Christie said...

I second Amber's thought - the older jokes should just fly right over their heads so you should just buckle down (does popcorn sound good?) and watch an episode. I'd also recommend Modern Family. Hilarious! :) Hope you all feel better soon.

What A Card said...

:( Hope you're all feeling better soon!

Mama Mama Quite Contrary said...

Thinking of you and hope everyone is on the mend soon.

Fairlington Blade said...

You're NEVER too young for 30 Rock!

That was laugh out loud funny (says the father who spent a sick day home with his preschooler). On the plus side, Super Secret Spies by the Backyardigans is surprisingly catchy.