I feel a little like I’ve been living in the Twilight Zone for the past week. It started last Sunday with a bad cold that forced me to miss a day at work and kept me under the weather all week. On Thursday, Lyle became sick with a different sort of illness that’s, well, a messier type of thing. He finally seemed to be bouncing back from that this morning but by early evening it was clear that he now has the bad cold, too. He has been napping 3-4 hours every day and then sleeping 12 hours per night. He’s quiet and sweet in between, happy to cuddle on the couch and read piles of books or watch a video. He smiles and says “Okay,” very softly after everything I say to him. Baxter was very congested tonight, too, and my head cold is not completely gone yet. Everybody’s on their inhalers.
Someone has been home in their pajamas all day every day for the past week, sometimes the sick kid and just as often one of the adults.
In the meantime, we hosted a good friend of mine from grad school for the past four nights. She was here for the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention that was held here in Chicago this year. I was able to make it to two of the three days, missing one day to take care of Lyle. I was very grateful that she is a mellow friend, one who was just as happy as I was to eat a good meal and then veg on the couch in the evenings. It was wonderful to catch up on the past 8 years and I was sad to see her leave this morning. I truly hope she does not end up sick after her visit with this crew of ours.
I am struck by the fact that these changes in routine and health haven’t stressed me out. Perhaps it’s because after I work tomorrow I will be home again for six days in a row and can catch up on whatever needs doing. It helps that we are neither traveling for nor hosting Thanksgiving this week, and that I am looking forward to making two pies on Thursday. Or maybe it’s just a slow period at work and I feel mostly caught up. I won’t really know until I immerse myself in it again tomorrow and think clearly about it. But I’ve been happy to be at home whenever possible, relaxing and resting, taking care of Lyle, and playing games and reading with Baxter. I’m aware that I’m not writing much, even though there are a lot of things to share with you all. I’m not doing anything much when I’m at home, other than wiping noses and doling out Ibuprofen.
Winter is here, and it’s nice to hunker down by the fireplace and relax. I’m just glad that I’ve been able to let other things go to take advantage of the opportunity, something I haven’t always been so good at.