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So when we were at the IVP shindig in DC, there were a couple of sickies floating around - some of the kid and some of the adult variety. There was a great big melting pot of germs from as far away as Ireland and Australia as well as a healthy dose of the local flavor. I was expecting Punk to get sick. But oh, she is having the sick of her little life. (I have been spoiled. She does not get sick very often and does not get sick hard.)

She has a double ear infection that is now on its second antibiotic (the first did squat, thankfully the second seems to be working). Today is the first day since, oh, Thursday? that she has not woken up with a fever. She is congested solidly full of snot and it is now making its way into her chest. She sleeps for crap which means that I sleep for crap. And she has lost her mild-mannered disposition and become "that" toddler. The one who freaks out if one food touches another food, and then refuses to eat. The one who freaks out because a little bit of oatmeal is on her hand. The one who freaks out because you started to read the wrong book, even though it was the book she handed you. You know, that one. I have never had that toddler. And I don't particularly like her. ;)

She has been full-on spoiled because of this, with lots of juice, lots of TV, and lots of being able to eat things like goldfish crackers and applesauce for dinner. How I am going to crawl out of this one with some dignity in tact, I don't rightly know. I will leave it up to day care to straighten out. Ha ha.

I don't feel all that great myself, but Jen is of course sick to the tenth power and yesterday needed to go to the emergency room for a bazillion prescriptions and now is locked in the bedroom. I am trying to dig out from under the mountains of laundry from DC and before, all the while wrangling "that" toddler and trying to do some general house tidying. I am supposed to be working on Amy's Valentine's Day swap gift (sorry, Amy) and I am supposed to be doing the taxes and I am supposed to be doing a lot of things. At this point, I have no idea when any of that is going to happen. I'm also supposed to be sending refi paperwork in. That I can commit to doing tonight. I hope.

Since I have been sick and have been sitting in front of a lot of PBS programming (proof of devastating spoilage: Punk now says "PEE BEE ESS"), I have had time to do a lot of navel-gazing and realize that I have not been present in a very long time. I want to apologize to everyone, because I simply haven't had anything to give. I'm sorry I don't comment in your journals. I'm sorry I haven't been active on your bulletin boards. I'm sorry I wasn't more talkative and perky at your big get-together. I'm sorry I haven't made your present. I'm sorry I haven't returned your calls/texts/e-mails/messages on Facebook. I'm sorry I haven't remembered your birthday or sent you that card that has been sitting out for a month. I'm sorry. I wish I wasn't the world's crappiest friend right now but I am in a deep, dark hole and I have no idea how to get out. All I can see in front of me really is work, the toddler, and a devastating to-do list.

Date: 2009-02-16 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneirocritical.livejournal.com
I really hope all of you feel better soon. :)

Date: 2009-02-16 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aminahfiddler.livejournal.com
I hope you all get better soon.

I had been feeling almost the same way. But no toddler or germs to blame. Sunshine and laughter helped me. HOpefully spring will happen there soon. Everyone will get better and you'll find you're way.

In the short term, we all know you're there if we really need you
'coz if someone sends up a flair you're there. I wish I lived closer. I'd babysit so you could take a nap.

Date: 2009-02-16 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] indigodove.livejournal.com
*hugs*

Jude, you have a lot on your plate right now, to say the least, and I would like to encourage you to be gentle with yourself right now.


Date: 2009-02-16 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyleo.livejournal.com
One foot in front of the other girl, *huge hugs*

Date: 2009-02-16 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahaubry.livejournal.com
(((jude)))

and what is with all you people refinancing? i can't because my rate was too low to begin with! humph! i wanna save money!

Date: 2009-02-16 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] violane.livejournal.com
Sorry, that sucks for you guys. I didn't anticipate how hard Parenting While Being Sick(tm) would be. Hope everyone is feeling better soon.

Date: 2009-02-17 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jactitation.livejournal.com
All I can see in front of me really is work, the toddler, and a devastating to-do list.

Oh, I hear you. And feel like the world's worst person because of it so often.

But my brain, or my social self for people beyond me, says that anyone who can't cut parents slack for the first couple of years needs to go anyway.

Date: 2009-02-18 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] midnights-sun12.livejournal.com
let me know if you need a babysitter to try and get some of those things done (once your kid is feeling a bit better).
xo

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