Notes from a Sick Bed

The sick bed is of course metaphorical because the only chance I have of getting Daniel to stay in one place if I tied him down (Not that I’d do that but I may have fantasized about it once or twice).  That is to say that his spirits remain high and his energy levels impressive despite being sick.

Daniel and I had a nice, low-key day, and the weather must have felt in need of the same because it was rainy and chilly all day.  Perfect November weather!

We watched a few movies (and yes, note the mis-matched pajamas.  Yay!  Something other than Thomas exclusively!  Boo for succumbing to another highly-merchandised character.  You win some; you lose some).

Sick preschooler

He keeps picking at this dry spot on his lip.

Daniel took a leisurely bubble bath and paid it forward by lathering up his bath trains as well as the bathroom floor, walls and me before having lunch.

This turkey dog is most excellent after my bath.

Daniel pretended to nap in his little chair, unfortunately the closest he came to a nap all day. Although I must say that the entertainment that comes over the monitor is comedy gold.

The Great Pretender

The budding architect built a block masterpiece and posed behind his work.

Looks like it will work in the real world, right?

Daniel is feeling better, but he still has some symptoms that prevent him from returning to daycare tomorrow, so on Friday we’ll do it over again.

I bought Daniel a few books on Thanksgiving and giving thanks, and we’ve been reading them nightly for 2 weeks (I’m a tad tired of them).  We’ve been talking to him about the concept of thankfulness and giving thanks, and I think it is starting to sink in a bit.

Last night, I asked him what he was thankful for.  He replied, “My people.”  I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing.   Tonight I asked him, and he said, “I’m thankful for Mommys and Daddys” and went on to list the rest of his family, even the ones in heaven although everyone was plural.

Sweet, sweet boy.  Sleep tight, little bear, and we’ll start our weekend early tomorrow.



Sucky Sickness & Sinuses

This week was busy & one of those in which you feel a step behind the entire time. Daniel brought home day care illness #5, 049, 221. He didn’t seem to feel bad other than a cough and a runny nose, but it hit me last Saturday and is still hanging around causing trouble. Who knew snot could be so…green? And copious? And…I’ll stop. I do vaguely remember a time when I didn’t get sick.

Don’t I look pitiful? Swollen eyes, throbbing head…good times.

Last Sunday, Daniel decided that sleeping at night was optional and after being awake from 1am until 1pm, fell asleep on his favorite pillow: me.

Apparently I make a really awesome pillow

Wednesday, my snot and I went to Lexington for a work event, and it was the highlight of the week and one of my favorite things to do at work. It is so inspiring to fill a room with manufacturers and hear their stories, especially in a plant that had been slated for closure until the plant manager began making improvements that turned around the plant. I wasn’t only an observer at this event: I presented on a grant-funded project I am part of. It was spectacularly awesome because we had technical difficulties. Apparently my years of theater paid off because I maintained a modicum of poise and soldiered on. Even better, my mother was in attendance because she works close by. As I attempted to present, I noticed her taking pictures as if it were my 4th grade play. All at once: awwwwwwww!!

Manufacturing Makes It Real Network Members

I’ve been popping sudafed all week, so hopefully my coworkers and anyone else have been enjoying my addled, occasionally manic state. This…plague is the never-ending illness and today Jimmy awoke with the all-too familiar symptoms of scratchy throat, fever & snot. Yay.

I got it together enough to cease my zombie-like shuffling around the house to take Daniel to a birthday party at a local museum this afternoon. A Daniel that had not napped in an environment with lots of kids and animals. We survived. Barely. No animals were hurt, and Daniel kept it together enough to add sugary icing and ice cream to his exhausted state.

Sugar! More sugar on top of exhaustion please!

Daniel just fell asleep. Time for us to med up, eat and watch Breaking Bad, our new addiction (ha ha).

May next week be calmer & healthier. The temperature today was unseasonably cool for August and if I pretended, I could almost believe it were Autumn. Autumn is when I feel like I come alive. Soon……