Over the past two weeks, I have been really sick…
And I mean walking-talking-cottonball-head-with-a-runny-nose sick…
And as the homeschooling mom of three children – you don’t get many sick days.
Except when sickness falls over Thanksgiving. That was kinda convenient.
Because usually, my darling hubby isn’t always around to help. (that’s Army life folks!)
So I thought I would share with all of you what I call the “When Mom gets Sick Stash“.
I have found, especially when my husband is away, that it is always best to be prepared ahead of time!
First, I want to tell y’all that I am not a doctor or a nurse or any sort of medical authority! If you or your family are ill – please seek professional advice.
Here are 4 simple things I do to prepare for minor colds and influenza for my family.
#1 – I make sure I keep my own mini pharmacy stocked at home with basic over the counter Children and Adult medicines. I buy them on sale or with coupons or simply ask at the Military Self Care Pharmacy (Did you know that is one of our military benefits? Ask at the pharmacy next time you go!)
There’s nothing worse than nursing sick kids all week and then coming down with the bug yourself and having to drag everyone out to the store to buy medicine and tissues — I always keep a nice stash of tissues!
You know – the ones with the lotion…
#2 – I make sure I keep an emergency stash of quick and easy comfort food. I’m sure my health food readers are going to cringe – but I’m a pretty practical gal… and we LOVE Dijorno Pizza at our house… and that Stouffer’s Lasagna is pretty good too when you just feel like crawling into bed instead of cooking for the entire family…
I also usually keep a few cans of Chicken Noodle Soup…
(It’s all I want to eat when I’m feeling yucky – but that’s just me!)
Once again – buying them ahead of time when they are on sale or with a coupon is a good idea. Think about it — Cooking a $5 Dijorno… vs… having a Pizza delivered to your door + tip?? Plan ahead to save yourself time and money.
#3 – I make sure to have a secret stash of brand new toys and maybe a video tucked away in my closet for really bad days when all I want to do is huddle under a blanket and melt into the couch. You could also keep some old toys stashed in the garage and start a rotation with the toys you already have!
These little green army men cost a few dollars, but were a big hit with my boys when they were little. Being avid Toy Story fans they immediately started setting them up and yelling “Hut hut hut hut — Look Mommy!! Hut-huts!!”
#4 – Don’t be afraid to call for reinforcements. This one is really tough for me to do.
But really? We’ve all been there. If not – we’ll probably be there next week!
During the last deployment, I don’t know how many times I bought groceries for friends and left them at their door. That way they got their essentials and I didn’t bring the bug home to my little family. I remember one time calling a friend from the “feminine” section to ask “So – what’s your flavor?? Wings or No?”
How do you prepare your family for the times when Mom gets sick?
Do you have a backup meal plan? Let’s share some ideas!