where the sick things are

they are here. and i am one of them. so in the spirit of making the best of a bad situation i started this:


a perfectly imperfect monster softie for a little boy who had us all very worried with  a terrible fever. unfortunately middle son had it the longest. 5 whole days and the cough isn’t even completely gone.

we are experiencing it all. fever. chills. coughs. sore throats. body aches. watery eyes. throwing up. etc. and the nice thing is that everyone doesn’t get it at the same time. instead it creeps slowly into every day. making me (us) feel like …will. it. ever. end?

 tomorrow will mark our second week of being hosts to this nasty virus. hopefully we’ve seen the worst of it. especially since no one is getting that awful H1N1 shot. i’ve made up my mind.

i am running out of things to do with the younger sick kids. my throat hurts too much to read aloud. i guess we’ll stick with stories on cd and activity books for now. as for me i don’t care much for t.v.and besides our eyeballs hurt so bad that they feel like they’re going to fall out. (note: this has not stopped the bigger boys.)

well, if you’ll excuse me i am going back to my bed. a stack of pillows, a cool quilt and a book on the art of the renaissance  awaits me. and i’ll be shutting my door so i can’t see the dirty dishes multiplying. or the piles of barfed upon laundry.

my husband is really trying to help. but his way of helping is by building a rocket-from a kit-with the children who aren’t too sick. and we won’t discuss the kind of mess that is making on the kitchen table right now. glue. paint. scissors. you name it. why he didn’t just go for the ready-made one will forever remain a mystery to me because i am not even in the mood to ask.

ps. i want to to formally apologize for a few errors in this space lately. i don’t know what is with me. i spelled earl grey incorrectly. i didn’t even really notice until i picked up another box the other day at the store. forgive me that i didn’t rush home and fix it.

and then a reader kindly pointed out that robert frost, not robert louis stevenson wrote o hushed october morning mild……and i did know that. but for some reason my fingers didn’t and so they went and typed the wrong thing! for crying out loud i was reading it out of a book with big huge green letters on the cover that said ROBERT FROST.

so just know, my dear readers, don’t always trust me. and feel free to point out any misinformation that i might be spreading!

one last thought:  bloggers really should have editors!





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10 thoughts on “where the sick things are

  1. christine on said:

    get well soon.

    and how on earth did you get out bed and make a softie? or have time to sew one before you were sick but still taking care of all the others.

    husbands. they’re all the same.

  2. Regan, hope you all feel well soon. Just rest and forget about mistakes, the house, and laundry. There will be time…

    Thankfully we’ve been healthy because we are of the same mind-set on vaccines. But, if it happens I will deal with it … just as you are dealing.

    They’ve already changed visiting restrictions at the hospital (I kind-of expected that) … no immediate family under 18 and only those who have no symptoms of illness. So, the kids won’t see this baby until we get home; I don’t mind because it actually helps keep from exposing my kiddos to germs that are around the hospital.

    I’m impressed that your husband is doing a craft! I’m not sure my husband would attempt, much less think of that for an option.

  3. I don’t think you’ll need the vaccine because it sounds like you’ve already had the virus!

  4. Dirtdartwife on said:

    I hope you and your family get well soon. I had a week with sick kids and I’m ever so grateful that I didn’t get slammed with it till hubby got back (he was gone for a few weeks).

  5. I hope you feel better soon, Regan—all. of. you! Croup continues to be a guest in my home … My preschooler has it now, and I am keeping my Kinder-girl home today, because that cough sounds way too familiar … She is camped out on the couch watching PBS, which is fine with me … My girl twin has been crabby all morning. So, it’s only 11:20 a.m. here, but it will soon be nap time! Adorable monster, by the way. Have you seen the new wild things movie? We love that book, but the movie might be too scary for my girls … God bless you, and may His angels give you comfort.

  6. Get BETTER soon!

    Prayers your way for your family.

    Hang in there!

    and…do not worry about spelling or stuff. I am a horrible speller. Sometimes I wonder if I have a brain!!

    But look at your monster critter. Very very cute.

  7. Hope you feel better soon. I think we had the same visitor to our house a few weeks ago – same symptoms. I did take my oldest to the dr as it appeared to be turning into pneumonia. It hadn’t, but it was diagnosed as positive ‘piggy floo’. Ick, pooh, flu!

  8. oh no, i hope you get better soon!!! the monster is great!

  9. That monster stuffy is so dern cute I could scream!!!! Love it!!
    Prayers for you all to have a quicker recovery!!! God bless!!

  10. I see I’m late for this….still hoping and praying you are better soon!

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