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A Battle Lost


SickLast week my son came down with a terrible cold/flu. Five days ago my mom came down with it, then my daughter, then my husband and now - yes, you guessed it - I have it.

The worst part is, I have been desperately trying to work through it - fight it. I kept working, I kept all my appointments with various things throughout the week - I never rested, protected myself and now I am stuck with laryngitis, a high fever and a terrible chest cold - now what happens?....

A mom is the glue that holds the family together. So now that I am down and out - what happens to the family? All my chores, all my regular things that are part of my day are gone by the way side.

I spoke at Small Business BC yesterday. I am teaching a regular course there called "the Entrepreneurial Mom". And half way through it - I started coughing - and couldn't stop. Then I lost my voice. It was embarrassing - but not enough to stop.

I had a chapter meeting that night and refused to pass it on for someone else to lead for the night. And by the night's end? I could barely swallow and I ached all over.

When I opened my eyes this morning, it hurt. The light of day actually hurt me. I no longer had any voice, and a fever had developed that sent chills across my body. I was officially sick - and despite trying to fight it - I lost the battle. And my body is now out of commission.

I have so many things on my plate right now - In my head, I keep telling myself that it's mind over matter....but my body is not willing to listen.

So now I have to delegate. Something I am not very good at.

If I can pass along any wisdom today to moms who may be feeling a bit under the weather and refuse to be gentle on themselves - take some time to rest, take it easy - don't let what happened to me, happen to you.

It's ok to allow ourselves some down time. And as hard as it is - deep down all the other things that seem "oh-so important" really aren't as important as I thought after all. When you don't have your health, you don't have anything.

So I'm headed off to bed now at 1pm in the afternoon, to simply rest. Even if I'm not happy about it - I know my body is.


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