When Does Mom Get a "Sick Day"?
First, my toddler was sick. Congestion and a hacking cough kept him awake in the wee hours of the morning several days in a row, which meant that my husband and I were also up. Since our little guy normally sleeps through the night, he and I are no longer accustomed to our sleep being interrupted, and were zombies for a couple of days.
Honestly, I didn't think it was possible to feel more tired than I usually do.
Then, just as my little guy started to turn the corner on his nasty cold, my husband began feeling ill. Fatigue, body aches and a sore throat at work sent him to the base doctor, who diagnosed him with either "the flu or a virus" and restricted him to quarters. That meant he wasn't allowed to be anywhere except home for the rest of that day and the following two full days.
Suddenly, I had two sick babies to nurse back to health. I don't know about your husbands, but mine is a child when he's sick. He whines and complains about not feeling well, but refuses to drink fluids and doesn't think to take medicine. I know he's not faking it when he's not feeling well, but I do think that he milks being sick just a teeny bit.
With my husband out of commission, my mommy responsibilities felt never-ending. I was on the clock from sun up 'til sun down with very little help, and, truthfully, I began feeling a little bit resentful. If I were sick, I certainly couldn't spend a week in bed. I couldn't even spend a day in bed! Moms don't get sick days, especially stay-at-home-moms with a toddler to feed and entertain.
I wish I could be restricted to quarters like my husband. I wouldn’t want to have the flu, but I wouldn’t mind taking a mental health day. My boys are feeling better now, but I'm still exhausted!