xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#' A Diary of A Working Mom in New York: No Sick Days For Moms!

Monday, January 9, 2017

No Sick Days For Moms!

My son has been soldiering out a stuffy nose and coughs the last few days (thank goodness he does not have a temperature!) While it pains me to see such a tiny, little guy battle adult sickness, he does not seem bothered by it. In fact, he is still just as playful and happy as before and his appetite is still very healthy.

Over the course of his sniffles, since I have been caring for him, me acquiring his virus was in the cards and yesterday, I woke up with congestion and tiredness. It was an achievement to be able to finish the work day.

Today is a different story. My trusty Nyquil was unable to save me overnight and I had to take the day off from work. Prior to having a child, a sick day consists of sleeping, recovering, eating, sleeping, sleeping.

How things have changed.

I have come to realize how tough mothers are and how undervalued their service truly is - I never, ever realized how difficult it is until I became one. Honestly, hats off to moms everywhere!

Once you become a mom, there is no such thing as a sick day, most especially when your child is sick too. I am very grateful that my parents are still here to care for Mikey so I can distance my sick body from him so he (and I!) can fully recover, but I can imagine what it would have been like to be sick AND still be taking care of a 4-month old infant.

I really could not accommodate sickness in my schedule because work needed to be done, both professional and personal - I had a couple of digital campaigns that was going to be launched and, Mikey's baptism is scheduled on Sunday.

Sickness is no excuse.

Having said that, my current state reminded me of one of my favorite videos that went viral a couple of years back.