Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Patient Who Requires Patience

The sick bug visited our house and bit me hard. Now, I admit I am a big baby when it comes to being sick. I like others to recognize the pain and agony I am being held captive by and I sure won't turn down any pity.

My husband, on the other hand, would rather be dead than pampered when ill, so, during our 5 years of marriage, we've had to find some common ground for how we deal with each other while under the weather. Fortunately, hubby has an immune system built of steel , so most of the adjusting has just been him figuring out how to put up with me until I feel better:)

I especially like to lay in bed and call out every few moments, "I'm sick...did you forget about me?", to which he usually responds, "You wouldn't let me if I tried!"

Forget antibiotics or Tylenol. When I'm sick, just give me some old fashioned attention and lots of it. Make my food and be present to bring me a cold rag before I even need one. Keep me company and constantly rub my back or stroke my hair. Never leave my side.

Clearly, I am not a high maintenance patient at all.

And things have only gotten worse since having a child. Nothing says pity party like having to care for your kiddo while battling nausea or fighting off the Flu. And if Park and I are ever sick at the same time, well, Chris should just tuck tail and run away!

So, in honor of my faithful husband who endured my constant whining and obnoxious sneezing over the past few weeks, I want to say thank you.

Thank you for taking Park on special dates to allow me 3 hour naps during the day. Thank you for waking up early to give me some extra rest. Thank you for pouring countless glasses of orange juice. Thank you for grocery shopping without being asked. Thank you for going in late and coming home early.

But most of all, thank you for not treating me the way you want to be treated when you are sick!

I love you and your cold, hard immune system.


Sun said...

I hope you are feeling better - I am sorry you have been sick! Sunshine

Nat said...

Hope you're feeling better now! Me and my husband are the complete opposite to you guys- I will battle on and try not to complain (though naturally, sometimes I do!), he on the other hand is totally insufferable should he even get a cold! Really does back up the 'opposites attract' theory doesn't it? x

Amy said...

I hope you are feeling much better! I could have written this post myself! My mom always pampered me when I was sick and now I am such a baby when I'm not feeling well. Usually I end up going to my mom's house for a little extra TLC!

Christy said...

i am like that myself!! Clay wants to hide or at least stuff his ears with cotton as a whine! Glad you are feeling better

Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

He is yet another reason why I'm not sure why Bridget and I like you.


Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

I had no idea you were sick last week! I'm so sorry! How's Park?