The Flu

IMG00399-20121203-0956Joy of all joys, this week is over!  And by week, I mean a week ago Thursday, when Ellie came down with the flu combined with a fever.  Generally, she bounces back within a day or so but this flu lingered and lingered and overstayed my patience.  As all loving mothers do, when Ellie took ill I was compassionate, doting and nursing her with cuddles, stories, movies in bed and lots of comfort food.  The compassion likely lasted 12 hours until I realized the symptoms of this flu included: whining, demanding, intolerance of being alone and constant screaming.  The moment I left Ellie’s bedside, meaning Mommy’s bed, I heard high-pitched screaming until I returned.  I repeated, ‘Elizabeth, I understand you’re sick and feel very bad but PLEASE stop screaming at me,’ until I was screaming too.  Well, that was like talking to a 3 year old wall.  Unfortunately, Emma also caught the flu and developed the same symptoms but thankfully, it bypassed the parents.  So, now I wonder, is it better to be struck down with the flu or to be the mother of the sick?

8 Replies to “The Flu”

  1. Christine,
    You are such a loving mother. Who wouldn’t run out of patience at such a time, c’est normale. Hang in there. In a couple of weeks, you will hear screams and squeals of delight when the girls witness the magic of Christmas!

  2. I’m glad you are through it! Everyone loses their patience. The worst is when you are all miserably ill at the same time so I am glad you were spared that this round! xo Mary-Claire

  3. Oh Christine, what I wouldn’t do for a little summertime on the porch with you, sharing a glass of wine, laughs, and conversation!

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