Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sometimes it's nice to have a mom instead of be one.

When I had The Throw-Up Sickness back in September (the night before the Warrior Dash), I was, as you can imagine, pretty miserable. The vomiting started in the middle of our camping trip at the Oregon coast. Not only did I have to miss out on hiking the sand dunes at Cape Kiwanda and enjoying ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, but I had to spend the night in the campsite bathroom. UGH. At least there was a bathroom, though, right?

One of the things about being a mom is that you have to take care of yourself. Well, if you're lucky. More often than not you don't even get to take care of yourself because you are busy caring for other, tinier people. Even when you're throwing up. Although it was bad timing last month in the sense that the throw-ups made their appearance during our camping trip, it was brilliant timing in the sense that my mom was there.

After 10 years away from home, away from a place where it was another person's job to take care of me during times of vomit and gastrointestinal distress, I had my mom with me. It was a grim few hours during the night in that camp bathroom by myself (only occasionally disturbed by (and probably disturbing) fellow campers), but when morning came, so did my mom. She tucked me into a bench near the shower stalls and brought me a pillow to rest my head on instead of my trusty Cornell hoodie. She brought me a cup of beverage and a cool washcloth for my forehead. She drew the shower curtain in front of my little bench so I didn't have to explain myself to every camper who came traipsing in the bathroom. As miserable as I was, having someone take care of me really made a difference.

I've had some time to mull this experience over today, as I lay on the couch, not feeling well. (No, I'm not pregnant, thanks.) Once again, my mom happens to be in town. She gave up a day of sight-seeing and adventures to take care of my girls. She took Miriam to school and fed Magdalena some lunch and took them to the playground, all so I can (hopefully) be back on my feet tomorrow and ready for a fantastic outing.

Like I said, sometimes it's nice to have a mom instead of be one.

13 comments:

Susanne said...

Aw, hope you feel better very soon so you can enjoy seeing the sights with your family. Sweet post about your mom. :)

Liz Johnson said...

I sometimes wonder if I'll ever stop wanting my mom when I'm sick. I agree - moms are so underrated.

Andrea said...

Amen.

Oh, and I'm sorry you missed out on Tillamook ice cream at the factory. That's always divine.

Mikael said...

agreed

Kitty Crazy! said...

So sorry you're not feeling well, Bridget. Hope it goes away soon. You really do have a very special mom.-Janice

Anonymous said...

All above told the truth.

Tyson and Jen said...

Amen!! moms rock! your mom rocks! and don't you hate it when you say you don't feel good, and people automatically assume you are prego, when in reality, you just don't feel good. seesh! drives me crazy! sorry you don't feel good, but hope you're back to feeling better asap!! :D

Jennifer said...

Agreed. I'm glad your mom is there for you this time!

Katie said...

Amen! I've always been really independent and taken care of myself as long as I can remember, but when I got sick, suddenly my mom was always there. The one time I really miss her is when I'm sick. Last time I wasn't feeling well I actually said " I want my mommy" That's amazing that she's there with you. Yay! Oh, and I'm sorry you're not feeling well.

Jeremy Palmer said...

My Mom is awesome too.

Glenda The Good said...

I love how Mormon we all are that we have to specify for all types of events that we are not pregnant...

I'm throwing up but
I'm looking for a new gyno but
I can't but my jeans but
My daughter is almost two but

I'M NOT PREGNANT!!!! So funny. So maybe I missed this somewhere but what exactly does Jeremy do? Is he teaching? Is he working in administration? Was this all explained in a blog that I missed?

Amanda said...

Caught red-handed! I was totally going to accuse you of being pregnant. Mostly because I spent a night barfing in the bathroom at Girls Camp last summer. At least my kids were at home and the YCLs could mostly look after themselves. :)

Kristen said...

MOMS ARE THE BEST.

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