Tips for Enjoying Your Next Sickation
What? You've never heard of a "sickation"?
A SICKation is the sweaty, feverish, vomiting cousin of the hula-dancing VACation. You would think that a SICKation would be utter misery, but it doesn’t have to be!
I’m in the middle of sickation right now. I had a cold turn into a bad cold, which then became an antibiotic-resistant sinus infection. I’m on my second round of antibiotics and my forehead feels like it has been pumped full of cement. Ugh! I’m coughing, my ears hurt, I can’t breathe through my nose, and my throat is sore from all the creepy mouth-breathing.
So you’d think I’d be miserable, but I’m not! I’m keeping a positive attitude about my illness by admiring the bright side of being totally sick. Here are some tips for enjoying your next sickation.
Enjoy the time away from work. No one wants you there contaminating them, anyway, so just relax and pretend the whole place doesn’t exist. Or, like in my case, just do the fun parts. I love writing to you, so here I am!
Enjoy your time away from your kids. If you’re super sick and super lucky, someone will take care of them for a while for you. In my case, it’s my superhuman mother-in-law who has had the kids for several days and nights now. It’s like I’ve been transported back in time with my hubby to our pre-kids days. We’re laughing, watching grown-up tv shows, neglecting the dirty dishes, and generally being the poor examples we try not to be when the kids are around. Do I miss my kiddos? Yes, but I know I’ll spend plenty of time with them when my sickation is over, so I’m trying to enjoy this time now.
Catch up on quiet hobbies you have neglected since your children spun into your life like tiny tornados. I love reading. When my sinus infection is too painful to allow my eyes to focus on a book, I download my favorite radio program - NPR’s “This American Life” – and I listen to it on my ipod with my eyes blissfully closed. Maybe you enjoy knitting or scrapbooking or shopping online. Yesterday I curled up on my couch and watched four or six episodes of “Parks and Recreation” (I lost count due to the painkillers). I love that show and I’m so grateful that I got to sit and watch it mindlessly for a few hours.
Treasure every moment of this quiet time, because you know as well as I do that life will be back to normal before you know it!