Category: Sickness

It’s always scarier at night

It's always scarier at night {Heather's Handmade Life}

It’s always scarier at night. This is what I try to remind myself when my anxiety is spiraling out of control in the middle of the night because one of the kids is really sick. Throwing up is awful, but not worrying because I…

Knock knock me over

I’m done with this week. Or really, I should say “this week is done with me.” It won. It beat me. I give up. Someone I love passed away, far too young, and we say good-bye to her on Tuesday. It was only the…

New year, same sickness

New year, same sickness {Heather's Handmade Life}

It was one thing to murmur “What day is it?” during the fuzzy nobody-knows-what-day-it-is between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It was actually a good time to be sick, in a way. No one was working, so there wasn’t an urgency for *me* to…

Public speaking with a barf bag in my purse

Public speaking with a barf bag in my purse: How I actually felt while presenting at BlogJam {Heather's Handmade Life}

Immediate hot-headedness. Darkening vision. Feeling like I’m going to faint.  WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING?!

These hands

Well, this “hand,” to be more exact. I’m afraid for it. I used to suspect I was getting carpal tunnel back when I worked full-time at the newspaper, but maybe that’s because so many editors were wearing those braces. I’m a bit of a…

Fever, hallucinations and sleepwalking kids

This, right here, is the strangest, most annoying sort of plague. It’s not as terrible as the stomach flu, of course — DEAR GOD, NOTHING IS THAT BAD — but it’s lasting a heck of a lot longer. And the way it comes and…

Heather vs. Public Humiliation

I had a lovely day in the city planned yesterday. Lunch with a good friend slash editor and some work stuff. Even a little shopping! This should have been the first clue that my body would rebel and ruin it, because the stomach flu…

The self-employed, work-at-home "sick day"

The morning of a “real job” sick day: Wake up and feel sick Phone or email your boss and say you won’t be in Doze in and out of a dreamy Netflix coma The morning of a self-employed, work-at-home “sick day:” Wake up around…

When a friend’s child is sick

When a friend’s child is sick, you are afraid of saying the wrong thing. You don’t know if it’s better to say something in the hopes that they find it a little comforting, or if it’s better to give them their space. If you…

The Most Dramatic Flu Shot Ever, and Why Older Kid Tantrums are the Absolute Worst

Just when you think you’ve moved into a comfortable stage of life when no one is likely to start shrieking in the mall or make a sudden pee-puddle on the floor of the grocery store, a whopping dose of parental embarrassment will smack you…

“If your kids get a stomach virus, YOU will get a stomach virus.”

Remember back in early February when our family experienced 10 vicious days of viral grossness? Well, apparently that wasn’t our only kick at the can (i.e. toilet) for the year. Probably because the flu shot isn’t very damn effective this year?! We just finished ANOTHER…

The unexpected absense

Well, hello. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (@HFXHeather for both), you probably saw that I had a great excuse for letting the blog slide …  One of the many dreary, grainy iPhone photos I took…