Overwhelmed

by Melanie Edwards on March 11, 2009 · 10 comments

in life

I’m not sure how much longer I can stand it.

It’s been nearly 5 weeks of chaos.

Routines have been shot to hell. Work hours have been sporadic.

I swear I’m surprised I still have a job. Thankful, but surprised.

Every single member of my family has been sick. My parents, who are my childcare providers, have also been sick.

It’s just been taking turns going from one to the other, and back again. And everyone has gotten it in a different way.

But, when my daughter has been sick 3 times in 5 weeks, and had a fever of 104.7 the other night, I can’t help it.

My heart melts and the tears start to flow.

Work doesn’t stop. Deadlines still need to be met. People still depend on you to complete your part of a task.

Taxes still need to be filed. House needs cleaning. Blog needs updating. Laundry sits and waits to be folded.

Life doesn’t stop.

And just when you think it’s starting to get back to normal, you end up having to make an unplanned trip to visit the other half of the family.

Then the cycle starts all over.

But, what does it all matter?

My baby is sick.

All I want to do is hold her.

Everything else can wait.

It has to wait.

My baby is sick.

Again.

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Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach March 11, 2009 at 4:18 am

Lots of empathy – it’s horrible when your kids get sick. Here’s hoping your family recovers soon!

Best wishes, Barbara

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Nikki March 11, 2009 at 7:54 am

It’s awful when you have to choose between a sick child and your workplace. I know it was a hard month for you. Hang in there something will change for the better. Hope you and family are getting better.

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Heather in Beautiful BC March 11, 2009 at 11:53 am

Awwww… I feel your pain. My children are grown but a Mom never forgets how it feels to have a sick child, and being pulled in so many different ways.

Take care of yourself too :)

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Miggy March 11, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Take a deep breath and let it out. It will get better. This is only a season and it too shall pass. Enfocate en lo importante… tu familia. Dios te provene el resto. El trabajo siempre va estar alli y si no pues El te dara algo para sostenertetu familia… como el blog. You are in my prayers.

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Miss Britt March 14, 2009 at 10:41 am

…and you said you couldn’t write.

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Melanie (Modern Mami) March 14, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Thank you all for the kind words. We’re now entering week #6 of sickness at our house…sometimes it doesn’t feel like it will end.

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Ana Lilian March 15, 2009 at 11:35 pm

I hear and feel you, Melanie. My 18-month old just got out of a six-week, horrible, thought it would never end bout of sickness. Days of super high fever, croup, pink eye (twice in 6 weeks!) and your run-of-the-mill cold stuff. I’m sharing this with you because I seriously thought there was no way that was normal and even asked, semi-seriously, the pediatrician if they had a frequent visitor discount or something. He reassured me it was all normal.
Still sucked, though.
Guess what? It finally passed! And I’ve now been counting our “healthy and happy” weeks.
Hang in there, you’re not alone. Your love is all your baby needs. Life always takes care of itself.

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Philippa March 17, 2009 at 9:49 am

You poor things. I wish I could be of more help. My mom would probably freak. We went to a friends house yesterday and their daughter (who was in the other room) had Malaria and Scarlette Fever. She was so upset that we didn’t know before we went inside because she swears I am going to be sick now. She is watching my like a hauk.

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Melanie (Modern Mami) March 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Ana: So glad your baby is over it. I know it will pass…deep down anyway. But, as you said, it still sucks and it *feels* like it will never end. Thanks for the words of encouragement, though.

Philippa: Ok, seriously? Malaria would definitely be something they should have told you about! I kept you away because of coughing! But, I do appreciate the offer.

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Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) March 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm

oh girl!!! I am with you. Motherhood is hard enough to juggle with work — add in sick kids and it is brutal!

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