It started around 1am. My little girl came crying into my bedroom. "Mommy!" she sobbed, "there's something wrong with my nose!" Poor baby had a very stuffy nose, and a bit of a fever. After settling her down under the soft covers in Mommy's bed, I tried to get back to sleep. Between her coughs and her fitful kicks, there were not many zzzz's to be had.
She woke early, waving her arms half asleep, proclaiming, "I'm an alligator!" Then she declared that in her dreams, Strawberry Shortcake and her friends had come to our house. "Let's go see if they are in the living room!" she said. We stumbled out in the early morning darkness. There was a slightly human-shaped silhouette on the sofa. She stopped, and hesitantly said, "is that Strawberry Shortcake??" I turned on a light. It was her 16-year-old brother asleep on the couch. Baby sister was not amused. "YOU'RE not Strawberry Shortcake! You're a BOY!" she said with disgust.
It's not the norm to find a teenager sleeping on the couch. Turns out he is sick, too. His head is all stuffed up and he is just miserable. Poor kid.
After breakfast, I set my daughter up at the table with a big bowl of raw rice, pasta, and beans. She is playing happily, digging and scooping and putting dinosaurs in the bowl. A great distraction for when I ride my bike, I thought. But that won't be today.
The waves of mild nausea hit me first. I thought I was going to lose my breakfast, but I popped a hard candy in my mouth to quell the sick feeling. Every so often I feel like I am going to be sick, and a bit of achiness and headache are hanging over me. I plan to take good care of myself today, with teas and fresh oranges and lots of rest. Maybe I will make some chicken soup, or other nutritious comforting food for dinner. I'll ask my son what he would like.
As an aside, I joined Twitter the other day. I never even heard of it til last week, but it's kinda cool. I will be using it to post my calories each day and my weigh-ins in the sidebar, and it's cool to post a little note about what I am doing when I don't want to write a full blog post. Great way to stay in touch with people who care about you, too!
Have a great weekend and be well.
Guest RD: The School Dietitian
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