mixed culture family

I Surrender…

February 12, 2014


4 weeks.
4 family members.
4 doctor visits.
4 doses of antibiotics.
4 days spent sitting in the hospital (A&E to be exact).

Mommy has held it together. Administering meds, bleaching the house, a mountain of laundry.

Yesterday I surrendered.

5 doctors visits.
5 rounds of antibiotics.
The house needs cleaning.
The laundry is mounting.

Daddy has escaped to work.

There will be an insane amount of screen time today.

And if I can find the energy, a big pot of chicken soup and a hot toddy.

That is how this American in Ireland is going to shake this.

Anyone else have cures for winter’s illness where they are??

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  • Reply Emma Julia (A London Kiwi) February 12, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Ohhhh, good luck! Most of the cures I’d normally suggest are whiskey based – but then they might be a touch of stress relief for you as well?

  • Reply Healthy Harriet February 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Hang in there! Don’t worry about screen time if the kids are sick. A few movies or cartoons wont kill them while they are sick if you monitor the screentime when they are well. Best of luck!

  • Reply Annett February 19, 2014 at 3:40 am

    I came across your blog whilst browsing forums (we are moving to Cork this summer) and to be honest, you are not making it appealing in regards to the colds, weather etc BUT it’s nice to know there are expats like you with a good sense of humour! Keep it up.

    • Reply bothsidesoftheatlantic February 19, 2014 at 8:53 am

      I do love living in Ireland but it’s been a long winter this year. Still way better than living back in snowy NY! Do email with any questions. There is also a few helpful Facebook groups if you like that sort of thing. Where are you from?

  • Reply Priceless Joy February 19, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    These are things I have discovered to help:
    1. Sour Throat – A teaspoon of honey
    2. A Sour Throat and Sinus Infection – 1/2 cup of warm water with about 3-4 Tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide. Gargle with this about 3-4 times a day.
    3. Cold Sore – As soon as you feel a Cold Sore coming on, take a cotton swab drenched in Rubbing Alcohol and treat the area about 3-4 times a day (or more if you can). For me, this keeps them from breaking out.

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