Parenting when you're sick
You bend over to pick up a toy, and your sinuses throb. Every 20 seconds, you cough like a 70-year-old smoker. When you kneel to zip up your kid's coat, you feel faint.
Welcome to Sick Day: the Parent Edition.
Between daycare germs and the pandemic flu year, it's hard to imagine any parent will come through this season without spending at least a few days parenting under the influence of Mr. Nasty McViruspants. More often than not, you may be looking after sick children while you struggle to resurrect your crumbling immune system.
With some sort of nasty chest cold or mild flu knocking out everyone in our house - including the caregiver - I found myself alone with my youngest coughing, feverish boy on a day I could barely get out of bed this week. When our babysitter called in sick, I wondered how I'd possible look after him.
But we made it through with cups of hot chocolate and a morning viewing of the movie "Cars."
How do you manage to look after your children when you're under the weather? Please share your tips.
Here are some pointers from the Public Health Agency of Canada on how to look after someone who has the flu.
And here's a list of frequently asked questions on the H1N1 flu, including tips for getting through this germiest of seasons.