Pulling my hair out

FrazzledI am trying so hard to be positive and upbeat for my piggy-flu-ridden kids. This is day 5 of the ickie sickies. I am at the point that if I hear anyone call for Ima I may just run and hide. We have been inside for days, only in our own company. As the kids start to feel better, and they are BH, the bickering has started up again. You are sitting in my seat, it’s my turn to choose a movie, I don’t want to eat this I want that, he’s looking at me funny, don’t breathe on me….

Through it all, because they are sick, I am supposed to be extra patient and kind. I have been on duty for 130 hours with absolutely no break. (Or maybe with a 10 minute break to go get them fresh movies). I have slept, but fitfully, knowing they will need me in the night. A dear friend went shopping for me, but I have no energy to make the different meals they want. I made a huge pot of chicken soup and noodles last night. I ordered in pizza the night before. Taking a shower yesterday seemed a luxury.

Can’t ask anyone to come over and help me unless they have had the trayfluenza. BH none of my friends have.

I feel as if I am getting to the end of my rope, and there is not enough coffee in the world to help me today.

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15 responses to “Pulling my hair out

  1. Hadassah,
    I sympathize, if it makes any difference. This will pass and you’ll get them back out of the house to school soon. I have 4 kids, and although they are all healthy atm, (BH), I know this could hit us at any time. I know your blog post is a cry out for help, but all I can offer is my sympathy and emotional support. You can do this – just a little longer and it will be over.

  2. Are they well enough to play a little outside? They haven’t gotten too much exercise the past few days and maybe they can get some aggression and energy out playing football or whatever amongst themselves.

    If necessary make a schedule. A picks what to watch/do from 1-3, B from 3-5, C from 5-7 etc. Assigned seats, the whole deal. And don’t put up with the breathing/looking/kvetching 🙂 Being sick can only let one get away with so much! 🙂

    maybe look to see if some of their fave meals have crockpot versions here: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ I found one for fried rice that way! yum.

    Next time they are watching a movie take a bubble bath, with some wine/coffee/caffeine IV.

    Refua shelaima!! and hatzlacha to you! As soon as they are better you need a day off of pampering!!

    • too cold to play outside and i dont want them passing germs to the elderly people they might meet in the elevator.

      great ideas – we have a rota for TV / DVD / Wii ….but sadly that doesnt stop the fighting….

      love that crockpot idea…gonna go look now.

  3. oy, i sympathize too & i will be so thrilled for u when the piggy flu is gone for good :)!

  4. Wow Those are great suggestions from Yonitdm!

    I’m truly impressed! I know who to ask when I need parenting help!

    I agree completely with everything she said.

    Hatzlacha indeed!

  5. I think I may have to nominate you for Mother of the Year. I don’t know how you are doing it PLUS having your own health issues in the middle of it all. I should send you a big jar of Nutella and maybe a hazmat suit so a babysitter could come in and relieve you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. It’s awful when kids are sick but also awful when they are getting better but aren’t quite well. That’s when they are the toughest to stay patient with.

    • you hit the nail on the head M! – when they are feverish and tired they lay about and have no energy to fight and annoy. this in between stage is frustrating. behaviour that would not be tolerated on an average day has to be excused. multiplied by 4…..

      good job my hair is covered so no one can see how much hair I am pulling out 😉

      and bring on the nutella….

  6. Sounds like you need a good primal scream in in soundproof room….
    Hang in there.

  7. Lady Lock and Load

    “good job my hair is covered so no one can see how much hair I am pulling out”

    Actually, there is a condition/habit called trichatillomania where people pull hair out without thinking. It is very hard for people who have this.

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