Summary: I really hate being sick.
My heart goes out to those with chronic illnesses who face days like I had yesterday (and Sunday) on the regular. It’s just SO HARD to do all of the maintenance life things while you are feeling fatigued and sick. I did work yesterday but it was a struggle, and was SO DONE with parenting by dinnertime that I texted Josh requesting that he come home (if feasible) to take over.
I was off the hook by 8 pm and spent a therapeutic 90 minutes watching more of Bad Sisters. Fascinating about the TV-related comments on yesterday’s post – like Kae, I find TV to be . . . fine. I don’t even necessarily elevate reading over a well-made TV show (especially since I don’t ALWAYS have the most highbrow book picks – which I don’t think there is anything wrong with, either!). I never get the ICK feeling after watching the way I do after scrolling. I wouldn’t even mind more TV in my life though it is a trade-off with reading in my case and I love to read (and finish books – somehow I feel I enjoy them more when I get through them in 10 days or so rather than stretched out over longer!?) so I probably won’t watch much more than I do now.
ANYWAY. I am back. My brain, my body, my resting heart rate. WHEW.
I owe you a D-I-T-L from yesterday and I’m afraid I started slacking with my time tracking a bit while I felt like death, but I think I can share broad sketches . . .
4:30 Alarm goes off. Decide I feel too sick to run, and go back to sleep.
6:30 Awake. (I needed those extra 2 hrs!). Shower, eat breakfast, give kids breakfast, take / give kid antibiotics etc. I don’t know the exact timeline was, but I was not moving terribly fast. Annabel made everyone’s lunch.
7:40 Drive / drop off kids / drive to work
8:30 Pts, with a lull in there where I wrote a blog post. Then everyone came late so I’m glad I took the down time.
12:10 10 minute lunch between patients. (This is NOT typical – usually I get close to an hour! But I did have a lull earlier as mentioned so it wasn’t that terrible)
4:00 Finished early somehow (also not normal) + went to pick up kids. Normally our nanny does this but she was away (normally she takes vacation when we are not working, but something came up, she asked + I granted it). Drive, collect kids (one of which had robotics at school anyway), drive home.
5:00 Arrive home. Feel crappy and still kind of sick. Decide that I am not up to making dinner. Order Chicken Kitchen at the kid’s
begging request. At least it’s a relatively healthy option (kids had chicken/rice bowls + pieces of a quesadilla, I got a salad). Watch EC launch videos on YouTube (loved Amanda’s!) because um, I had to.
6:30 Dinner arrives; we eat + I clean up + direct baths. At this point I am fully out of energy and tired of parenting. Kids and kitchen somehow get clean and kids watch some Thundermans. I make a stress-induced EC launch order. FOR REVIEW PURPOSES OF COURSE . . .
I don’t think anyone did any homework — A’s is due weekly and C doesn’t usually have any other than his reading journal.
7:45 Josh comes home and I inform him I am done with parenting for the day. (Parenting while feeling bad = the worst.)
8:00 Brush teeth etc and watch Bad Sisters
9:30 Sleep, both because I wanted a minimum of 7 hrs and because my laptop conveniently ran out of batteries.
I’m still hung up on imagining my alarm going off at 4:30 AM – even at peak health. #BlowsMyMind and #NotAMorningPerson
#NotANightPerson #ItsMyOnlyPeacefulTimeoftheDay hahaha. I get it! But I honestly do not struggle to get up. I love my mornings too much! Staying up until 10 pm (unless something INCREDIBLY fun and social and stimulating is going on) is MUCH harder for me than getting up early.
I got up at 6 today to exercise (no one in my family is a morning person at ALL) and even that was tough.
Does Josh wake up with you at 4:30? My husband would really not like that!!
nope. i would say we wake each other up equally at crazy hours for various reasons. but i’m also pretty quiet and the second my phone goes off with a fairly quiet alarm i grab it and have already set out my workout stuff so if he’s in bed the disturbance is minimal. (I say if because . . .he may have a lifelong habit of falling asleep on various couches a significant percentage of the time, but I don’t think it has anything to do with my early wakeups.)
Interesting! My husband has also slept separately from time to time especially when kids were waking us up a lot but he goes back to sleep very well… me not so much!
I am the same way! If I’m woken up within 2-3 hours of my wakeup time, I can’t go back to sleep. I made my husband get a wristwatch that has a vibrating alarm so it doesn’t wake me up (even the phone vibrating alarm woke me up…..but the wrist one seems to be ok.).
I sleep with EarPods so I can listen to something as I fall asleep and get my alarm directly in the more. it’s silent everywhere else. It’s definitely a plus in that it does wake my husband or anyone else up.
Looking forward to hearing your take on Bad Sisters! I got up early to exercise last week a bunch of times, and it actually felt great. HOWEVER early for me is 6am, followed by a 30 min treadmill run at 7AM. I still cannot fathom the 4:30 wake up followed by exercise shortly thereafter.
I LOVE bad sisters so far but man . . . . makes me squirm sometimes! I almost want it to end so I can breathe out you know?
it takes me like an hour to actually start running. so 4:30 means run is probably 5:30 start.
I used to regularly get up at 4:30 so that I could meet my running group at 5am – usually 2-3 x/week. While there were some downsides, the feeling of coming home by 6am and already being done working out for the day was magical…there is a certain badass feeling that comes from those early morning runs with friends, I found. Plus, it’s dark and quiet outside and it feels like the whole world is sleeping and we get to see really pretty sunrises. Like you, I don’t struggle with the early morning wakeups but staying up late is hard. Now I’m injured and not running at all and while I’m probably getting more sleep, I miss the camaraderie of that 5am group!
I think a key to doing this regularly, though, is allowing yourself to sleep in when you need it – either from being sick or too many early wakeups or when you just need the recovery. Sounds like you’re being smart about it! Glad you’re feeling better.
Glad you’re on the mend! Strep has been rampant – both my kids have gotten it several times this school year, including recently twice in three weeks for one kid. Ugh. I somehow avoided it the most recent time, but was really down for the count in the fall. It was rough! I also agree with you that parenting while sick is so tough.
I feel TV the same way as way as you do, not as bad a scrolling instagram. I also want to watch more, good TVs or movies, but hard to get buy sometimes. What happened during my trip when I had no connection was that my mind was so much calmer looking at the nature instead of a screen that I realized the damage screen does to my mind. I hope to extend this experience even coming back by locking away the phone, minimal screen, and look more out to the nature if possible.
I’m in the first trimester of pregnancy now (again… baby 4) and you would think by now I would learn not to conclude anything about myself as a human being based on my choices when feeling this terrible. And yet every single time, I start wondering if I’ve made allllll the wrong life decisions leading up to this point. Hearing other people talk about their sick-selves is a good reminder that how our bodies feel is a big deal!! And maybe I’m not neglectful and lazy for not having it all together at 9 weeks….
you get a free pass to make your primary to do item REST REST REST!!!!!!! 1st tri is absolutely no joke. I bet you will feel better soon!!!
I’m glad you’re feeling better! Yes, parenting while sick is awful, and there are people who do it all the time- UGH.
Getting up at 4:30 to run shows dedication. But it sounds like you’re an early bedtime/early riser person, so it works. I also run in the morning but my life is way easier now that I just have one kid at home, and she’s in middle school. Next year when she starts high school we’ll be getting up earlier!