Wednesday, November 10, 2010

This Sounds Terrible, But...

I could never be a nurse because I hate sick people.  I know that sounds awful, but bear with me.  I can empathize and sympathize with the sick, I just find it very difficult to take care of someone who is sick.  And I've come to the realization that I can't deal with sickness because I feel so powerless against it.  I always can bring the sick their juice and soup and aspirin, but there really isn't a damn thing I can do to help them get better--and I hate that.  I also have a big, big problem cleaning up after a sickie--vomit and other bodily fluids have never been my favorite things to look at or smell.  I do have the tendency to get sick myself whenever I have to clean this stuff up, so I wouldn't do well in a hospital setting.

Feeling like this just didn't happen--I didn't feel any differently when my kids were young.  I never was the nurturing mother that I probably should have been when the girls were sick--I didn't rock them and pet them and sing to them like I should have.  But, once again, I just felt so damn terrible that I couldn't DO anything for them.  And I always have felt better--for the most part--if I was just left alone while sick, so I pretty much leave others alone whenever they are bedridden.  Of course, I DO make sure the sick one is doing as well as can be expected--I DON'T just leave him/her to fend for his/herself.

So, where is this post coming from?  K is sick today.  It seems as if he has some sort of stomach bug with fever.  No other symptoms, just running to the bathroom very often--even though he hasn't eaten hardly anything since yesterday.  I hope he's better soon.  Poor baby.  :(


meleah rebeccah said...

Aw. I hope K feels better soon. My mother just got over that stomach virus. It was NOT pretty. Good thing my father was here to take care of her - because much like you - if I see or smell someone vomit, then I will too!

cmk said...

Thankfully, K is doing MUCH better today than he was yesterday! It was a 24 hour thing, hopefully. I am SO glad there was no vomiting involved--I don't do very well with THAT. Still, the house smelled 'sick'--we had to have the windows open to air things. At least it was a nice day today.

Anonymous said...

I don't really mind the cleaning up-I've got a dog! But I understand that some people can't take it. I gag sometimes, too.

Hope K feels better!

P.S. That title-"This sounds terrible, but..." is a magnet to me! ;-)

cmk said...

I only clean up the cat's hacked-up hairballs by wearing rubber gloves--can't handle it any other way. ;)

K stayed home yesterday--he was still 'off his feed' a bit. But, it's back to work tonight. Glad he's better.

I thought the title would bring in some readers... :D