Imagine there was an emergency number only for the sole purpose to be used when a Mom gets sick. A “MOMergency” number. You’re home making breakfast for the kids and getting them ready for school when your throat starts to feel scratchy, your body aches and you feel like you have been hit by a truck. No worries, you call the “MOMergency” number and a vehicle shows up at your house. In this “MOMergency” vehicle is 1) the Nanny; 2) a housekeeper; 3) a chef; and last but not least 4) your own care taker that whisks you away to a private sanctuary spa to recover properly.
In this “sickness spa” you would have a quiet, peaceful room to nap. There would be hot bubble baths and massages. All the hot tea and soup you could want. In this place you are free to just be sick…rest…let your body heal all while your children are being taken care of, and your laundry and house are getting cleaned. You come home refreshed, back to yourself and ready to jump back into your routines.
I dreamt this the other night, and then I woke up with a scratchy throat, body aches and feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck. I tried the “MOMergency” number but they didn’t pick up. So I muster up enough energy to take care of the children, get them to where they need to be, get myself to the doctor, get the groceries, pick everybody back up, make sure homework gets done.
As a Mom, there are no sick days. I tried taking a bubble bath, but I had kids scratching and yelling from underneath the door. I tried a nap in a quiet room, and although their Dad was sitting right next to them, they still had to come into the bedroom to ask me if they could play on the IPad, or to tattle on each other. My laundry is piling up on the floor and the house is getting dirtier by the minute. They always tell you “rest, the mess will still be there tomorrow”. Yes it will be…tenfold.
Not sure about you, but when I get sick I get grumpy, irritable and feel like I’ve driven off course. There is just too much to do and little ones to take care of. There’s no good time to get sick. And its easy to get stuck in the spiral of feeling miserable and forgetting that this is only temporary. I need to be more patient and take time to care for myself and with each day my body will heal.
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”
– Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
For all you Mommies out there currently in a “MOMergency”, hang in here! This too shall pass.