52 Lists week #41 & #42; When We Are Sick

Last week the list assignment was to use the week as a grace period to catch up on any missed lists.... I didn't have any so I didn't post anything!  

This week's list assignment: List things you do when you (and/or a family member) are sick was pretty easy.  It seems like we are creatures of habit and when someone gets sick and we automatically fall back into sick mode.

Like most families we had years where it seemed like SOMEONE was ALWAYS sick in the house.  We had hospitalizations, minor surgeries, and we became quit adept at dealing with illnesses.  And yet I am the first to admit it never seems to get easier.  

Of course what we do typically depends on what kind of illness we're dealing with but for the most part when someone gets sick here is how we handle it:

  • I tend to cancel all of our plans for a few days and in my mind go through our schedule for a few weeks to see what can be rearranged (just in case someone else catches it).
  • Bargain, pray, worry and stress-- OK so this is just me.  My husband is pretty good about taking illness in stride but I tend to worry and get little to no sleep.
  • If it's one of the kids we set up a sick bed (arrange our couch with extra pillows and blankets and set up a TV tray).  
  • Pull out the movies!  
  • Buy any over the counter medicines we think we might need, get some soda or juice, and prepare lots of chicken soup with saltine crackers.
  • Encourage the sick one to get LOTS of sleep and rest.
  • Clean.  I start cleaning the house like a mad woman in hopes of getting all the germs out and preventing it from spreading.  (Not that this has ever really worked but I continue to try each and every time).
  • If it's something with a fever we break out the Popsicles and cool washcloths.
  • When I'm feeling under the weather I like to drink tea but I'm the only one.  Hot tea with honey for sore throats.
  • Search the internet for home remedy ideas. 
  • Wait.  Mostly we just wait for the body to fight off whatever it's dealing with and for the other person to feel better.  
Now that we are not in public school and I don't have to worry about all the work that they are missing we have the luxury of waiting for the boys to fully recover before resuming activities.  We don't run to the doctors unless we need to and honestly we don't seem to get sick as often or for as long for whatever reason; but I am so grateful for that! 

Others in this series:

Week #1;Words that Touch My Soul
Week #2: Greatest Comforts
Week #3: Things You Should Be Proud Of
Week #4: Current and Future Goals and Dreams
Week #5: What You Are Grateful For
Week #6: The Ways In Which You Can Love Others
Week #7: The Things That Make You Feel Healthy
Week #8: My Favorite Albums
Week #9: Places I Want to Go
Week #10: The Ways You Cleanse for Spring
Week #11: The Essentials
Week #12: The Things That Feel Like Home
Week #13: The Things I Want to Make
Week #14: My Dream Jobs
Week #15: My Favorite Quotes
Week #16: My Favorite Books
Week #17: The People I Admire
Week #18: The Ways That I am Energized 
Week #19: The Things I Want to be Known for
Week #20: My Summer Goals
Week #21: My Favorite Snacks
Week #22: The Things That Keep Me Up At Night
Week #23: My Pet Peeves
Week #24:  My Happiest Moments
Week #25: My Favorite Meals
Week #26: The Things I Carry In my Purse
Week #27: Trials that Make Me Better
Week #28: Things and Places That Make Me Feel Safe
Week #29: My Favorite Games
Week #30: The Sports I Watch or Play
Week #31: My August To Do List
Week #32: My Favorite Scents 
Week #33: My Favorite Places to Eat
Week #34: Random Facts About Me
Week #35: How I'd Spent 1 Million Dollars
Week #36: Autumn Bucket List 
Week #37: My Favorite Places to Shop
Week #38: Our Family Traditions
Week #39: The Things I Wish For
Week #40: My Daily Routine


  1. Yes, clean like made -- that's me and I need to go back and add that on my list!!!

    We share a lot in common on this list. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love homeschooling for that reason too!! My kiddos are active in sports, though, and they hate to miss that - but I make them until they are better so they don't spread it around. So smart to be proactive about rescheduling - I usually cancel and/or hope for the best!

    (Visiting from Beauty Full Slow}

    1. There are always a few things we hate to cut from our schedule when we're sick (and for some reason my kids seem to get sick when we have hotel and/or ticket reservations!)... but I always remind them that we can't help when we get sick and it's our bodies way of reminding us to stop and take care of ourselves.


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