I hear a lot of women complaining about conflicts with their mom’s or with their mother-in-laws, and while any two people can’t see eye to eye on all issues I have to say I am eternally indebted to these two women in my life. I am continuously amazed and appreciative of the love and support of both my mom and my mother-in-law. Last week was another reminder of how I would be drowning without their help.
Parker and I both came down with stomach flu-like symptoms, except her illness came first and included some diarrhea and mild fever. When my flu came it hit me hard like a bad hangover only without the fun drunken state before hand. I actually had to run out of a wedding reception to get sick and thankfully crawled my way back into the hotel room we reserved in the same building to begin my flu coma. My mother-in-law had planned to keep Parker for the night to let us enjoy our evening as an adult couple, and despite my reservation leaving her in a not so perfect health I also knew there would be no better place for her to be than with her Nana.
When we finally made it home Sunday I quickly realized I was in no shape to care for myself and continue to clean up the messes in my daughter’s pants. On Monday morning I alternated between resting and preparing to go to my parents. It took all of my strength to get Parker loaded up and drive over to my waiting mom. She played with, toileted, washed and fed my girl for the next two days while I faded in and out of conciousness letting the illness pass. On Tuesday the symptoms of flu were gone; weakness from days with no appetite and great appreciation for my mom’s who helped me through the storm were what remained.
It still is astonishing to me how my body and my daughter’s body reacted to the same germs so dramatically different. Parker sang and danced through her flu, while I could barely stand. Is it a testament to her young healthy immune system and doing our best to protecting her from toxins for two and a half years? Or is it a sign of my emotional stress taking it’s toll on my physical self? Either way, I would be lost without the support of my mother-in-law and my mom and I am so thankful for them both.