Oh my gosh. So, yesterday morning I woke up to a blocked, runny nose. My throat was sore and swollen. My eyes felt swollen. I had a headache that was out of this world bad, and I felt so drained of energy even though I had JUST woken up.
Normally, this is how colds start out for me. Then over the next few days, my sore throat develops into a cough which develops into a chest infection.
I know the cycle my body goes through, and I’m sort of used to it. When I was 5 years old I got a really bad case of pneumonia and was in hospital for 6 days. It left minor scarring on my lungs and also left me prone to chest infections. When I was young, I would get anywhere between 2-4 chest infections per year. Now that I’m an adult. I’ll get maybe 2-3 a year max.
Anyway, last night was terrible. I couldn’t breathe, so I wasn’t comfortable, and therefore couldn’t sleep. My cough developed at about 1:30am so that kept me up. I managed to sleep from about 2:30-4:30am, but then I was up again from choking on snot that was running down my throat (I know, being sick is so glamorous right?).
When I normally get sick like this, I’m bed ridden for about 3 days. I get a temperature, I get headaches, the cough, the swollen throat, the blocked and runny nose, the achy bones, the complete lack of energy, and the inability to sleep for long periods of time.
Well, let me just say, this is not possible once you have a baby. You have to get out of bed. You have to keep them happy and fed and changed and bathed.
And although I know I signed up for this and I knew it would be hard, it is so much harder than I imagined. Today, literally, I got out of bed to get Scarlett’s bottle and half way between my bedroom and the kitchen I wasn’t sure if I was going to collapse or not. I didn’t think I would make it to the kitchen. My head was spinning, my body felt like it was burning from the inside. I can tell you, once I sat back down I let out a big sigh of relief.
So, my question is to all my other mummy friends out there, how do you do it? How do you manage when all you want to do it lay down and recover? Do you have any tricks to speed the recovery process along? I’m all ears for all suggestions!
Thanks in advance!
Talk soon! X