Monday, February 7, 2011

It's Official - We're 5 for 5

I apologize for not getting to post until tonight.

We are in the midst of some serious warfare in the Rush home.

Germ warfare.

Ryley got sick about 3 weeks ago.  After a couple days, she seemed to turn the corner and was feeling better.

Then Reagan started feeling sick.

Then Ryley got sick again.

Then Lily got sick.

Ryan finally admitted defeat and went to the doctor this morning and he has the flu.  So he is officially in medical lock-down in the bedroom.

Because I have his same symptoms on a smaller scale, I went on in to the doctor.  My hope was to catch it before I needed medical lock-down and the kids were running the house.

Thankfully, I only have a sinus infection so I'm on antibiotics but am not contagious.

So Momma's still ruling the roost around here.

It's days like this that I really and truly gain a whole new respect for single parents.  Ruling the roost by yourself is hard work.

So while I had big plans to post something really awesome, interesting, and completely life-changing, I have to settle for sharing some of my favorite things to have close at hand when I'm not feeling so hot. Here goes:
  • Puffs Plus Tissues with Lotion & Vicks - It's like all the goodness of lotion-y kleenex but with the smell of Vicks, too - genius!  After you blow your nose, you can still smell the Vicks and your nose feels nice and tingly.
  • And while we're on the subject of Vicks, I also love to have good old fashioned Vapo-Rub around when I'm under the weather.  It takes me straight back to being a little kid when my mom would rub it on my chest.  I actually might have a slight addiction to Vicks Vapo-Rub.
  • Shower Soothers - Again with the smell thing.  Dropping one of these big tablets on the floor of your warm shower releases all these wonderful steamy vapors. 
  • Ludens Cherry Cough Drops - I know these are only slightly more effective than Wild Cherry Life Savers but hey, the "real" cough drops just don't taste as good.  In a pinch, Blow Pops and Jolly Ranchers do the trick, too.
  • CranApple Juice - This is really the only time I drink juice of any kind.
  • Someone to cook all my meals and do my laundry and sterilize my house and.... oh wait.  I think I'm describing my mom who is not close at hand at the moment.  Mom, if you're reading this and feel like coming to do my chores for a fun visit, just let me know!
I think you can tell by my list that I like to breathe menthol vapors, eat hard candy, and have someone at my beck and call when I'm under the weather.

Actually, I enjoy these things when I'm feeling just fine, too.

Please rest easy tonight.  I will be back tomorrow morning with something utterly life-changing. 

Or not.

It might just be something as exciting as this post is.

But either way, I'll be back.


  1. So sorry to hear Ryan is down with the flu. Keep him down as long as necessary (lol, if you can) because relapse can be worse as we all know. We will be praying for him. Praying for YOU because it is hard doing it all by yourself, and that the rest of the kiddos get well soon.

  2. While you have the vicks out... before going to bed... rub some on your feet and put on a pair of socks, it will stop the coughing at night!! Old wife's tale that really works, hope you all feel better soon!

    Dana D.

  3. Teresa - I'm not having any trouble keeping Ryan down - that's how bad he feels. Thankfully, the kiddos are all fine and back in school now. It's just me and Ryan now. In a couple days, things should be back to normal around here!

    Dana - I forgot about the Vicks on the feet! I've done that for my kids before but forgot about myself. Going to get the Vicks right now. Thanks for the get well wishes!

  4. You need some chicken soup.....and some juice...and some new fuzzy pajamas...and a pedi/mani....:)

  5. Hope you all are better soon! I had 26 days with someone home sick- not that I was counting-well maybe!!. I actually fought Glen to go to HEB to get out of the house- he thought he was helping by offering to go.

    But we did go into round two with everyone so rest as long as you can! And I have one in my bed now not feeling well...soo here we go again??

    Take care!
    Melissa P


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