The Top Ten Things to APPRECIATE about a Good Ol' Fashioned STOMACH BUG!
1. Good-bye to that extra 2-5 pounds!
So what if all but about a quarter of the pounds lost was water weight. Stepping onto that scale and staring face to face with numbers that come a tiny bit closer to what you want to weigh is inspiring....perhaps the rapid loss of all excessive bodily fluids mixed with a little starvation can work for you, too!
2. Hello to Extra help from the Rooster
Seriously, when you have just held the sheets in front of your 3 year old in order to spare the entire room from needing cleaning after she pukes her entire days worth of calories out, and then, upon getting her into the tub you turn around just in time to spend some quality one-on-one time with the porcelain throne yourself (a truly "Graceful Like a Chicken" moment), it is nice knowing you can yell out at your hubbie between lurches, point him toward your daughters bedroom and know that at least he is starting to clean up the mess so that you don't have to do it all by yourself before going in to check on the baby, accidentally waking him up and having to nurse him back to sleep...fun stuff...
3. A few hours of down-time.
Ok, now let it be known, I would not choose to take my down-time in bed with the chills while trying to entertain a 7 month old who apparently doesn't believe in taking naps next to his ill mom. BUT, it was kind of nice having a few hours in bed, mostly quiet and dark and still. Granted, I spent much of the time trying to determine what fatal illness I had drawn that was taking me out and whether or not the morphine they would have to give me in the hospital to get through it at the end would make me less tolerant of my beautiful children who would never truly get to know their mother, but hey, it was some almost-alone-time on a weekend! Wow.
4. A TWO DAY BREAK from my Workout routine!
This is unheard of for me. I'll admit, I did do a few little exercises before I realized just how bad it was going to get but once it hit, man, I kicked back and relaxed, (between the hot flashes and vertigo) letting my body just take it easy...well, as easy as you can get in misery while hugging the toilet...
5. Discovering My Compassionate Kids