Superwoman is Super Sick

Well, it's that time of the year for me, I've finally become unwell. Although I've been told to rest, having the job of 'mum-of-all-trades' doesn't actually come with any sick days



So, I'm ill. The kind of ill that when you walk up to the Boots pharmacist, and you say, "I feel like crap, I need drugs. Make me better."

Party like I'm 99

My husband says that I've let myself get run down. Let myself? It's not like I've been out partying like it's 1999 (yeah, I'm showing my age). In the last month, I've been dealing with severe emotional stress, (I've had two friends pass away), work, said husband, child and, oh yeah, we got a puppy.

So I didn't let myself get run down, but it's happened. It's like a tractor drove over me. Twice.

Pass the Day Nurse

We all know the myth of the Superwoman - women try to do it all and have it all. But it's a myth and at some point something gives. This time it was my immune system, leaving me a coughing, wheezing, headachy, rheumy-eyed mess. On the plus side, my hoarse voice sounds wicked sexy.

I know I'm not the only person to do this, lots of parents, and let's be honest - mostly mums - try to be everything to everyone putting themselves last. Heck, even the dog now takes precedence over me.

On paper, being a mum is nuts

I saw this video online that made me think: what's the difference between being a parent and being a mum?

I'm not saying husbands/partners/whomever don't help out because they do. My husband is wonderful with our daughter (and puppy), but it's different. For one thing, it's not all the time, which it is for me. When he goes out for work or fun, he tells me, "Hey hon, I'm out on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday." I say fine. If he goes for a drink after work, I usually find out when he's on his way.

If I want a night out it takes the preparation usually required to mount an expedition to the Galapagos - with planning and permissions done weeks in advance. There are no spontaneous cocktails in my life.

Not that it matters, I'm way too sick for anything stronger than a green tea.

Sharon, Working Mom and Native New Yorker

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