Sick days

Last week everyone took it in turns to fall sick. It was one of the hardest periods of this pregnancy and I am so glad we are all mostly out of it.

I still have a bad cough but that’s nothing compared to tossing and turning throughout the night for days on end, feeling like I’m burning up (from only a low-grade fever actually), having to crawl out of bed and hobble over to the toilet to pee 4-5 times, then “waking up” to a new day with a permanent headache, nausea, and 3 kids who beg me to make our usual daily trip to the park so they can try their new roller blades, skateboard and practise on the scooter.

One thing I am thankful for is that the kids didn’t need the doctor. They just lost their appetites and were slightly feverish for 2 days each, then it was back to the usual hullabaloo. I made sure they drank lots of water throughout and kept up with vegetables and fruit.

This season of illness has convinced me more than ever of the value of consuming raw vegetables on a regular basis and ensuring that the children drink all the water that they should. These are the best preventive measures against illness and the best natural remedies too. I wrote a post about creating a veggie-eating habit recently and hope it helps many mamas out there.

In fact, the last person in our family who needed medication was Piglet (paracetamol only), and that was in December last year. We’d run out of fever medicine since then, and I went to the doctor to get another bottle after remembering we should have at least some in the house for emergency purposes.

Yesterday, I finally managed to return to the park and we stayed till nearly lunch time. Being outdoors again never felt so good.

There remains so much to do before the baby comes, but I’m taking it one day at a time. The school holidays are here and childhood is fleeting.


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  • Living Serenely
    November 22, 2013 2:08 am

    Oh dear…. Illness in the household is always tough. Especially when it falls on yourself! Mummy is always the last tower of strength for everyone. I’ve already recently started a new resolution to eat more vegies in our household… except that I have to hide it because I have a fussy eater in the family. Glad to hear you’re feeling better and getting back on your feet!
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  • Stevie
    December 4, 2013 6:44 am

    Oh no, it got to your house too! It seems everyone is getting sick. I am working on eating more veggies, although fruit, of course is easier. I imagine it’s tough being a mom and being sick, because you still have to take care of the little ones. I’m glad you all are on the mend. I hope you get all the things done you want to get done, but still find that time to enjoy the present moment, because like you said, childhood is fleeting.
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  • IrishMum
    December 5, 2013 10:58 pm

    Glad you are all feeling better… your health is your wealth! When we are under the weather I supplement out Vit C, D, and B and lots of filtered water too 🙂
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  • IrishMum
    December 10, 2013 10:52 pm

    I came by to check if you had the baby yet?
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  • Jin Ai
    January 30, 2014 3:13 pm

    Thanks, you guys. This is such a belated reply! We had our baby 7 weeks ago 🙂

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