Thursday, May 03, 2012

Mommy Down

It's May, right? Then why do I have this cold? And why is it intent on settling into my chest? Oh right. Bronchitis. That bout with bronchitis in the fall is apparently still affecting me. I've been fighting a cold all week, but was too busy with deadlines and crucial meetings to take time off until today.

Yesterday at work I literally couldn't get a breath. I needed my inhaler from the fall again. Crap.

Is this full-on bronchitis again? I don't think so. I'm not nearly as sick as I was in October, but my breathing is difficult and I am exhausted. I did take today off, slept til noon, and have spent pretty much the whole day in bed sleeping or working on the laptop. (Thank God for mobile computing!) 

Talking for any length of time takes the good right out of me. Which is a problem when you have a 6 year-old chatterbox with a constant string of questions and requests. Hubs is doing his best to run interference.  But Little Boo keeps "forgetting" he's supposed to let me rest.

As I've said before, this is one of the perks of working outside the home. I can call in sick and have the house to myself all day while the rest of the family goes about their regular business. But sometimes it's hard to recognise that I need to call in sick. Sometimes the rush of the office gets the better of me and I think I can't possibly not be there. Everything just seems so urgent.

But my staff keep me honest. I think actually they mostly want me to keep my germs away from them, and that's ok. I was told in no uncertain terms yesterday that my presence was not required today, or tomorrow for that matter. (We'll see how I'm feeling in the morning.) So I told my boss I had no choice :) Hubs asked me Tuesday morning as well if I shouldn't be staying home.

As moms, we often feel like the fate of the world rests solely on our shoulders. But guess what? The world keeps turning and the critical work (well, most of it) will still get done (just maybe not the same way we would do it) if we "call in sick." I'm glad I have others to look out for me and force me to take a break when I need one. I need the reminder to take the time to look after me.

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