Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Tips for Helping a Loved One During Illness
Put on your cape and pretend like you are a superhero. That about covers it. Still not clear? Keep the kids happy. Fighting makes Mommy feel guilty for being locked in the bathroom. Straighten up toys. Tripping over the toys once Mommy can emerge from the back of the house- not good. Seeing the mess and feeling the urge to immediately pick them up- not good. Do dishes. Smelly, dirty dishes in the sink is not good for a Mommy who has spent 12 hours having nothing but nastiness coming out of her orifices. Do laundry. When sickness takes over a household, everything has to be washed. Period. Tend to your spouse. Just check in from time to time. Offer to bring a drink, make soup. Don't make them ask. Try to spoil your spouse a little- so they feel loved and taken care of. OK. Forget the superhero cape. Just pretend you're MOM for about 24 hours and all should be fine.