Sunday, January 15, 2006
No Sick Days
Yes, one of the major down sides of being a parent, particularly a mother is that you don't get any sick days. Babies still have to be nursed, kids have to be fed, everyone has to be cleaned up after, and laundry has to be washed. Now, alhamdullelah, I don't get sick that often but I've managed to catch my first cold since we got here 4 1/2 months ago. That's not bad considering EVERYONE got sick about a month ago (including in-laws) and I managed to stay healthy. The first time I came to Iran 8 years ago, I managed to get sick about once a month, so all in all I can't complain this time around. I really only start to feel bad at night or early in the morning. The rest of the time I just suck it up, get moving and feel ok. I really do believe that alot of how a person deals with being sick is mind over matter. If you let yourself act sick then you'll just feel worse. Also, I've noticed that since I cut way back on red meat (maybe once every two or three weeks) and started eating lots more veggies, I don't get sick nearly as often as I used to even in times of stress when the immune system can be compromised.