I’ve been out of commission for the last couple weeks, but I’m finally getting back to blogging. The 2018 flu hit half of the members of my household, and as many mothers know the workload increases ten fold! This brings me to my 1st volume of Things that Fuck with My Balance.
Before having children I did not realize the impact that illness would have on my life, my work, my money, etc. When I was single and got sick, for the most part I would just suck it up and continue life. I rarely called in sick or even got sick for that matter.
Now, I have to leave work at a moments notice if one of my kids spikes a fever or their poop is too runny. I am a big planner so this really fucks with my balance to drop everything and leave. I obviously want to run to take care of my child, but I don’t like leaving things left undone. Also, if you’re a teacher you know that getting work ready for a Substitute is more work than just being at school.
Illness also affects my paycheck. Fortunately as a teacher I have a lot of time off compared to others, but I still end up using more personal days than what I have available. This occasionally leaves my paycheck several hundred dollars short.
Enough bitching. So, how do I find balance amongst the recurrent illness? A positive mindset. I know that the children get sick in waves, so it will return to normal. My son was sick often the first year he attended daycare, but now is rarely sick. So, I know that my daughter will soon (hopefully) be in the same boat. Now, a husband getting sick… there is no good advice for that. Just grin and bear it!
These times that unexpected illness or other trauma come into your life, just survive! Don’t worry about getting a workout in everyday or cooking the perfect meal. Just make it through without any damage, and know you can return to normal soon enough.