Monday, May 22, 2006

I Hate You, 'Flu Germs

This is what my horoscope says today:
Recent changes have given you more responsibility. Don't be worried -- be flattered!

Interpretation:
V has picked up viral 'flu and has been out of circulation since Saturday. Well, almost. If he hadn't danced around the house on Saturday evening -- I use the term 'dancing' in a very loose sense, obviously -- writing Jeeves and Wooster DVDs, he might not have had an utter relapse.

In other words, I'm more than a little pissed. When I'm in front of him and have to see his woeful face, obviously, I cannot be too mad -- so I decided not to skip work today (I had important training classes lined up anyway).

In any case, what really got my goat was the chicken pox scare. It's been going around and a whole bunch of ppl in V's office picked it up. I told him a weekend ago, to get the vaccination done, since he didn't have the brains to get it over and done with when he was younger, but he managed to evade it. Then, on Friday afternoon I get a call from him saying he's not feeling that great, so he's going home early from work, and he suspects it might be the pox.

This is the sort of thing that traumatises women into giving birth to 2-headed babies and gives them nervous tics.

Anyway, to cut a painful story short, none of the little red sores appeared, and when I finally packed him off the doctor yesterday evening (accompanied by our landlord from upstairs and one of V's childhood friends, so stop making me out to be the heartless wife yet again) he came home with the news it was only the 'flu. Idiot.

But, on a more serious note, this entire episode just confirmed what I was starting to believe -- I simply cannot work a regular job while the kids are small. I can't go to work and spend the entire day worrying about how they are doing, if they are eating. If I'm this concerned about a 30 year-old idiot who doesn't deserve any TLC, what will I do when faced with a sniffly 2 yr-old who has the 'flu?

Which means, thanks to the 30 yr-old (ok, 29, but that's as good as) idiot, I now have to reconsider all my career plans for the next five years.

Now you know why I'm not my bright li'l usual self.



Going for the USG this evening. Hoping V's wrong and we're not having twins. If we are, why, that's one more reason to pray for an early, merciful death. That and the fact that I seem to have been born a generation too late and missed sleeping with the Beatles as well as Pierce Brosnan.

28 comments:

Cyberswami said...

look at it this way, at least you didn't catch the viral yourself.

but then, zarathustra spake too soon before.

Sue said...

Cyberswami - See, I spent an exhausting sort of Sunday. That's all I got of the weekend anyway. My sympathies are certainly not with V. But you'll understand when I add some more to the post. Coming up in a bit.

Cyberswami said...

okay, you're right. zarathustra did spake too soon.

heh a lot of people in V's office didn't get vaccinated when they were kids? looks like more than just the 'flu is catching.

WishfulThinker said...

Twins are cool babe. Two for the price of one. *Poof! WT disappears*

Sue said...

Cyberswami - You don't seem to be doing an awful lot of work this Monday (and never mind what all these replies say about me!)

Wishful - Not twins carrying V's genes and mine. Neither of us gave our parents any restful nights (or days) till we hit our mid-teens. V bust his head open, planted bombs under his grandmother's windows -- you get the idea, and I, well, I just was not your average good little kid.

Strictly for my friends said...

Twins are great! Even with both your genes! Do let me know if its confirmed.

Grafxgurl said...

but why on earth would you want to be away from your kids when theyre small!?...you cant have the best of both worlds..

it hurt so much for me to give up my job and get married...i woudl have kept it if we were going to stay in Chennai....i know when i go to the states and get a job, it will have to be before i have a baby...and when i do have one...i know that maternity leave is just not enough.. id die if i left the kid at home( i dont care who was taking care of it) and miss out and go to work....i think you should definately plan to spend a couple of years at home. it hard to get used to it....but..it will turn out really good.

so many moms today esp in the west..go on working and they miss out on their kids.

Sue said...

Purbita - You'll all hear about it :-)

Grafx - Well, that's what I said. I prefer freelancing/ working at home anyway, but I don't think with kid(s?) on the way I have a choice. I couldn't do it.

Cyberswami said...

since you were rude enough to ask, i will tell you, but only this much: no i didn't do very much work this monday morning. the stock market crashed and everybody around me was too busy to take notice of me. so i read blogs. there's a lot of me in cyberspace today i'm afraid. a lot to clean up after.

oh, and i hope your twins and the other child are well.

Rimi said...

Twins??? ARE you having twins? Are you? Post, post, post!!!

Oh my god! Twins! TWO kids I can cuddle but don't have to clean up after. Yay! Oooh, Sue, how very cool! (but hey, one's okay too)

Sue said...

Cyberswami - Hello fellow CCR fan. I guess today's as relaxed for you as y'day.

The other child is still playing at dying. The real baby seems well, but the report this evening will tell more.

Rimi - No! I'm not having twins! I only said that Vicky thinks we are having them. With my luck, we might've , but the folks who did the USG y'day looked mighty relaxed, so I guess no twins.

Rohini said...

You need to see what works best for you. I miss having more time with Ayaan but I am not so fussed about being away from him. In fact, I stick to my resolution of never calling home during the day. I know the maid will call me if there ever is any need and. And over time, this has done away with me worrying about him when I am away. No news is good news! May sound a bit callous but that's the best way for me to be away from him.

panu said...

aww poor kid, you deserve much better than a nasty flu. How about Typhoid? or Pneumonia?

Sue said...

Rohini - What you're saying is common sense. I'm just not sure I can pull it off. I just worry too much about V being alone and ill at home. With kids I guess it'd be worse.

Panu - What's with the kid? You're younger than me. And I had the typhoid last Dec. And stomach flu 2 weeks ago. What's with the bile anyway?

Cyberswami said...

when you do as much nothing as i do, every day is as relaxed as every other.

you're a CCR fan too? how classy. I love them.

Rohini said...

They don't fall ill that often though. Ayaan has been really sick only once for two days and I took off.

Not that I am for a minute advocating that you should not take time off from work. I would if I could. I am just saying that it is not compulsory or inevitable.

Shuki said...

Twins, Sunne? My goodness. Message me and tell me the news!

Sue said...

Cyberswami - You're just trying to make me envy you, arencha?

Rohini - I get so freaked out when V falls ill, and he's old enough for me to not have to call him every few hours. Even if I had a good maid, I don't think I could take the nervous tension. But maybe I'll feel more confident when the time comes, you know?

Shuki - Breathe! I said, V says we're having twins. The report's normal, and we're having only 1 child.

Cyberswami said...

on the contrary, you're the sort of constructive influence i admire and endeavour to emulate.

takes two to have a blog comment conversation hahaha, and right now i think you're leading.

disclaimer: I'm not competing, perish the thought!

Sue said...

Cyberswami - I'm actually hard at work. Gmail tells me whenever I get a new comment :-) Yes, it takes 2, and yes, flattery will get you places.

Priya said...

Nice to know someone else has such an overgrown child! Mine's the other extreme. Even if the body temperature threatens to soar, N pops pills and starts making cooing sounds that demand undivided attention from me and our 3-yr old G can go take care of herself! Nyakamo shojjhyo hoy na!
I know what it is to have 2 kids around, esp. one 30 years older than the other!! Jesus Christ Superstar!
And, the most heartbreaking thing is leaving G at home with the maid. I do feel guilty for missing out on certain moments, but then G's adjusted her body cycle to our schedules. So stays awake till pretty late to make up for lost time. Don't really miss out much then. And like Rohini said, when the kid's sick you take off, but otherwise, they are the most amazingly adjusting little angels. They just know how to get around even if you aren't there. Mine's of course a paka buri!
Hey, till the other one comes, you might as well shower the V with all the love. Once the li'l one arrives, you'll havea tough time handling the attention-seeking war:)

jhantu said...

why u averse to the twins?? twins are great, identical even greatr, and the accompanying double trouble--greatest.

WishfulThinker said...

You gotta answer my question in my comment box! I'm quite curious really!:)

Sue said...

Priya - Y'know, was grumbling to my mum and an aunt last evening about this, and they just grinned and said, welcome to our world. Huh! USG reports came out y'day, so check out my next post.

Jhantu - You answered your own question, as far as I'm concerned. I honestly can't handle 3 kids, one a 30 yr-old at that.

Wishful - I did answer. You're so fishing, dude...

WishfulThinker said...

LOL! No babe,I was just wondering if I was being 'bracketed' or not. But I must admit to feeling a little kicked! ;)

Sue said...

Wishful - :-)

Chilla-Bong said...

Sue-didi,what happened to the USG report? Is it a triplet or a quadruplet? Taking the cue from Jhantu me too think that identical twins will be the best.Like a Bollywood script you can always expect the unexpected twists in the tale.Best of luck to you and V :0)

Sue said...

Chillabong - But who is this who calls me Didi? Do I know you in real life, child? Thanks for the kind wishes, but we're having a single child, thank heavens! My next post asnweres all queries.