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Stomach-virus induced reality check: I really do get a lot done. I mean normally.

Categories: Uncategorized, Working? Living?


I’m usually very aware of the things I need to get done each day, and I’m usually very, very aware of the things on my to-do list that don’t get done by the end of the day. But there’s nothing like a severe bout of norovirus to show me how much I actually do get done each day—by preventing me from doing anything.

Our 4-year-old was felled first, a week ago. I think it may have been the first time that he’s ever dealt with throwing up, because he was both thrilled and appalled by his output. But he was miserable for a good 48 hours, and spent most them wrapped up in my arms, crying. So, as we soothed them and kept a wary eye on out 6-year-old, my husband and I figured it was only a matter of time until we were clutching our tummies, too.

Five days later, my 6-year-old was running for the bathroom. And 6 hours after that, I couldn’t keep anything down.

Still, I was sure I’d be able to at least work. I sit in front of a computer and edit and write — I could do that from bed, couldn’t I?

Turned out I couldn’t. I couldn’t sit up for more than a few minutes without getting queasy. And as my husband and no-longer-sick son held down the fort, I realized that, for all of my worries that I don’t do enough, it turns out that I actually do a lot. It was just impossible for me to see that until I couldn’t do any of it for a while.

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2 comments so far...

  • wow i am glad the worst is over in 48 hours! There is nothing like not even being able to distract yourself with a computer or tv because all that moving light just makes you feel WORSE!
    I am impressed with your insight to appreciate just how much you accomplish in a day when you are NOT sick! Around the holidays i had a similar experience, though it was my husband who figured out just how much i was doing… by day 3 he was really over me being sick ha! Thankfully by then i could sit up on the couch and at least answer questions and make decisions!

    kate  |  March 25th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

  • Oh, Lylah. I went through a similar thing last fall - I keep telling people that I felt like I lost a week of my life.

    Glad you’re on the mend!

    Angella  |  March 25th, 2011 at 8:38 pm