Nothing like being sick to appreciate your health. Hacking fits that could turn me inside out. Body aches that make lying still feel like I’m being crumpled up like those cardboard boxes they crush in that giant compactor before they recycle them. Ya… Like that. Headaches that make me think driving a nail in my head right now wouldn’t be so tough. I might not even feel it. And then, I have to still get up and be a parent to my kids who don’t seem to notice I look any different at all. Piggyback ride upstairs? Hungry? Potty? Hungry again? Teenager wants a ride to the store? Life or death situation if he doesn’t spend his Christmas money today apparently. Aaaaand now grandma’s down for the count too. And daddy sounds like he is on life support. And Simon seems to take getting sick like a monkey on steroids. Kill me now sweet Jesus. No, no I’m kidding! I’m kidding. Because I kind of feel like I’m dying already.

Somehow I manage to get through days like this. There have been many in my 15 years of parenthood. Cleaning up other peoples vomit while you’re still nauseous is as awesome as it sounds. Parenthood never stops. Not even when you are sick and miserable. This is not news, I know, but I can only write about what I know. Today I know phlegm. (They picked a great word to describe the sound you make when your lungs are full of it. Phlem. PhhhlleeEEEmmMMM. See? You know, don’t you?) BUT I know soon I will be myself again. I will appreciate that I CAN in fact do a tremendous amount for my kids and family and I am grateful for that. I actually miss that! I never want to take my health for granted. Being healthy is the best! Breathing and moving and stuff…wow, good times! So I lay here, trying not to cough myself into a spastic fit as to not wake my poor sick husband. I will quietly crunch on my cough drops, because I never have patience enough to let them dissolve. Does anyone really?! I will be thankful that this plague on my house will pass along soon enough to the next poor ba$&<#d's house. (Ugh...seriously, wash your hands people. You don't want this!) I really do hope it's soon or my next post won't be quite so positive. Seriously. Swear words might actually show up. 🙂 So goodnight and happy flu season everyone! :/ .... Please wash your hands now. GO!!!

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Suzy Higley

Suzy Higley

Wife to my childhood sweetheart. Stay-at-home mom of 3 awesome boys, ages 14, 12, and 5. My youngest is non-verbal and has Autism. Currently starting a community with other Autism Moms called Better Together. More social learning opportunities for our kids on the spectrum are needed...and because I couldn't find them, I'm creating them. I also draw and paint on both paper and walls...and furniture. And speaking of furniture, I have a chronic furniture rearranging condition that I'm seeking help for. Not's my favorite.

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