Post-viral

It happens every time my kids are ill. I’m not exactly aware of it, but I’m operating on a different level to usual. Running on adrenaline. Everything inside me is racing while I try to maintain a semblance of calm.

Caring. Worrying. Cleaning.

Administering medicines. Phoning the doctor. Wiping the door handles, the toilet and the taps. Cajoling them to drink.

It’s tiring.

And there’s still the other kids to think about. The house to run. Work to do.

And there’s the lack of fresh air and exercise. I need those things to survive. I go stir crazy if I haven’t been outdoors by 9.30am every day. You can’t do that when you’ve got an ill child at home.

Then, at some point on about day five, I will start to feel a bit strange myself. Oh my goodness! Am I getting ill?! It’s so slight I probably wouldn’t even notice it if I wasn’t running on hyperdrive.

But I’m not getting ill. I’m just post-viral.

I may not have been ill myself, but I have lived every second of that illness. I have worried about them, wanted to make it better and take the pain away, fretted over being unable to help them. Worried that other people would get ill. Changed bedding and pyjamas. Supported them as they walked slowly and carefully or carried them through the house.

And as they start to get better, my body slows down. It tells me it’s OK to stop worrying, OK to relax.

And I get a headache. I feel tired. I feel grumpy. I’m overwhelmed by the last few days. I need to recover too.

This has been me for three weeks already this year and we’re barely a quarter of the way through 2017.

I haven’t been ill, but I’m every bit as post-viral as my kids.

Is this just me? Does this happen to you too?

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Yes! This happens to me! I really thought it was just me that it happened to until I read this….lol
    Lets hope this is the last of the illness for your household x

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    • I’m glad it’s not just me! It’s a horrible feeling, isn’t it? Would you believe my husband has now been ill for several days? It’s not as bad as the kids being ill, but I still want it to be over! x

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  2. It’s exhausting isn’t it? I feel like I definitely had it this time as everyone just seemed to be getting it one after the other. I hope you’re all over the worst of it now!

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    • I can understand why you felt like this! You’ve had a really tough time with illness recently. I’m over the worst of it now, thank goodness! Although now my husband is ill 🙁

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  3. Goodness, you’ve captured that feeling beautifully with the phrase post-viral. Yes, I do get that, too. That feeling when you put so much effort and energy into keeping the children afloat, then as they get better your body catches up with the stress.
    I do hope you & the children manage to recover from illness #3 quickly

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    • Thanks very much! It’s good to hear that it isn’t just me this happens to. We’re over illness number 3, but now illness number 4 is here – my husband this time! Not quite as stressful as the kids, but it’s making me realise the incubation is long and they may still be more to come 🙁

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  4. It’s definitely exhausting when someone in the family is ill. I do hope you all recover from your illnesses and that the rest of the year goes off without a hitch.

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    • Thanks very much! We’re generally a healthy bunch, so I’m really not sure what has gone wrong this year! Just my husband to get over the virus now and I really hope nobody else gets it!

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  5. Oh noo! I have to say I haven’t noticed it happening to me but I’ll be aware of it now haha! I totally feel your pain though, it’s so awful when they’re poorly. Also, I’m such a blogger. When I saw the title I thought you meant that you had a blog post that had gone viral 😉
    Nat.x

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    • Ha ha, I’ve never had a post go viral! I didn’t even consider it could be seen in that way! It’s exhausting when they’re poorly 🙁 x

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  6. Sadly I think it’s a fairly normal reaction to the stress of a child being ill. It must be worse though when you have had a cluster of illnesses this year.

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    • We’ve never had so many illnesses in one year. It’s definitely exhausting dealing with one after another 🙁

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  7. I get you. It’s exhausting seeing them ill. Jamie didn’t eat for a week last time he was poorly. It’s such a worry and a stress. I hate being cooped up too.

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    • It’s a real worry! It’s awful when they don’t eat. My son is in year 8 now. He lost weight when he had an illness in year 6 and he never put that weight back on!

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  8. I had never really thought about it before but I guess I do too. We had a month of illness in our house earlier this year and I think I was running on adrenalin by the end

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    • A whole month must have been tough! My kids (and husband) have considerately given me a week a month all this year! To top it off, my daughter has just picked up another injury 🙁 I’m so fed up of it all!

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  9. It really does take it out of you when the kids are ill doesn’t it. Hope they are all better soon and you get some time to recuperate.

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    • They’re all better now, thanks, and I’m really hoping that’s the end of it for this year! My kids are usually a healthy bunch!

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  10. Yes, I know that feeling so well, especially if I don’t get out the house in the morning! No one is ill here, but we’re having a day of sorting pre holiday, def need to pop to the shop and air my head!

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    • It’s good that someone understands the problems of being stuck inside! I can never believe people who are happy to stay inside in their pyjamas for an entire day or weekend – and actually see that as a treat!

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  11. Poor you :/ It’s so horrible when illness strikes. Touch wood we’ve been well for a while but I’m always waiting for something to strike! Hope you’re all feeling well and happy now.

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    • Everyone is better now. Long may it continue! We’re usually such a healthy household, so it has been strange to be hit by illness so many times in a year.

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