Almost 2 weeks ago I ran away for the weekend to Chicago.
First, lets just say I had a GREAT time. My friend, Ruth, was an incredible host and showed off the wonders of her city like a true Chicagoan should Even with the frigid cold and snow, we still had a roaring good time. It was great to see amy friends again, talk about our families and laugh at stuff no one else would ever think to laugh at. We have a new theme song too, although I can't really share it, but let's just say that Ruth needed to hit confession after we learned it.
So, where have I been?
On the flight there, I caught the flu. I never got a regular flu shot this year as I was too busy with the holiday madness to get in. Plus, after having H1N1 I figured I was safe.
I survived my weekend with the aid of Motrin, Cold-Ez and NyQuil. The I got home and simply collapsed. It shouldn't surprise me that I got sick. I was pretty run down when I left, leaving my immune system open for attack regardless of how many vitamins I might pop. Still, I spent the next 5 days in bed recovering from my weekend away and the flu. Then I have been digging out of the domestic mess that occurs when the mom of the house is down for the count. Andy had to work so the majority of the parenting my kids received last week was in front of the TV with me issuing orders for silence and handing out snacks from my bed. I did manage car-pool everyday, but the was about the extent of my verticalness.
Anyway, I'm back now and doing well. Jason tends to freak out a bit when I get sick. Anger at me tends to be his response in the past because as his mommy, I AM NOT ALLOWED TO BE SICK. Sadly, parenting him and his siblings has driven my immune system to the toilet and I do actually be quite ill, though it is improving...somewhat. This time I fully expected many horrors be be unleashed as I not only got sick, but I did so AFTER LEAVING HIM.
And you know what?
Not even a little back talk.
He's been helpful, obedient and kind. He's been working hard on his school work, helping with his siblings and doing whatever it is we ask of him. This is so unlike him I've been walking around in shock.
I think folks, we are turning a corner. I think.