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Thursday
Feb112010

Of course in reality we are grateful for our health

I was talking with my friend Abby, who had just suffered through several sick-kid-induced sleepless nights, and was losing her mind a little bit.

Abby: I need a break. I need a good reason to lie down for a few days.

Me: I know. When Henry was sick last week and sneezed in my face, part of me got a little excited. Because then I'd be really sick, and I'd have to take to my bed.

Abby: I totally get that, except I dream about getting in an accident.

Me: Excuse me?

Abby: Not a bad one, of course. Just getting banged up enough that I have to stay in the hospital for a couple of days. For observation. Of course the kids wouldn't be in the car, just me. I don't want anyone else getting hurt.

Me: This is sad, Abby. Why couldn't you just get sick?

Abby: It wouldn't work. I have three kids, they'd still need me all the time. Then I'd be sick and in charge.

Me: No, but in my fantasies I'd be so sick that Scott would have to take over. I'd be too feverish to be left alone.

Abby: Nope. They'd still get at me. Even if Nate were home. There's always one who'll sneak away and demand something from me.

Me: That's a good point.

Abby: That's the advantage of the only child. You get to just have the flu. I need a car accident.

Me: Oh dear.

Abby: I NEED IT.

Reader Comments (108)

I wish for a minor surgery, like appendicitis. Nothing drastic or scary. Just something that would 1) give me an ironclad excuse to lie around a read and watch movies for a few days and 2) cause me to drop a few pounds. To paraphrase Emily Blunt's character in The DEvil Wears Prada: I'm one appendicitis away from my goal weight.
February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
The whole family got the stomach flu last year. Dh (who is an amazing man in every OTHER way) took to the bed, leaving me with a 1, 3 and 5 year old gathered around an oversized playground bucket to vomit into. Since then, I've had the same fantasy of getting hit by a big company's shipping truck. Nothing cataclysmic, but enough to give me a few days in a hospital bed to recover, with the fees and expenses picked up by some nameless company. Just a break i don't have to feel guilty about.
February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie
What a wonderful idea! My last car accident only banged up the car, not me. I'll have to try harder next time.
February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne
I hit the jackpot last year when I got bedrest for the last FOUR MONTHS of my pregnancy! It was a little scary because my previous pregnancy had resulted in devastating loss, and in retrospect, my docs were a lot more worried for me than they let on... but the truth is, I felt pretty good, and "cheated" a fair amount (and wound up with a perfectly healthy baby boy).
March 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpatrice
I couldn't believe that the other day, I found myself fondly remembering my time in the hospital when my third child was born. I think that was the last relaxing day I had.
March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKendra
So my husband was sick this past week. A cold. He didn't take dayquil or advil cold/sinus because, you know, then he'd have felt well enough that he couldn't milk the "I need two days home" thing...

Me, on the other hand? I get migraines and have to just deal. When I got the flu, I still had to help out with the kids. I still had three children whining for mommy, bursting into the room while I was sleeping, giving me no time or space to rest. And when everything was done, and I was feeling well enough to get out of bed, I had to do all the dishes and laundry because no one else had done it.

Yeah, I TOTALLY understand...
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October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRetro Jordan

Health is a treasure for everyone. We're not able to enjoy life if we are sick. Proper diet and exercise is a big help.

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