When you get a cold, a dose of flu, or a stomach bug, you should go to bed, get as much sleep as possible, drink plenty of fluids and generally rest.
It's like that TV ad says... take a Benylin day!
See? That woman - she's getting ready for work. Uh-oh, she's not feeling too well. She tries to dress... nope, nope, it's not going to work. She's too ill. Eventually she slinks back into the warmth of her comfy bed and stays there for the day to recover.
I watched this ad and honestly, all I could think was... it would be so nice to have a cold and just curl up in bed for the day dosed up to the eyeballs with cold medication, with that mildly ill feeling that renders you so drowsy you sink into the pillow and sleep for hours and hours, and wake for short periods to watch TV and read magazines and eat the cakes and chicken soup that are delivered to you.
Unfortunately, there is no Benylin day for parents. Sob.
If there was a TV ad for cold medication for parents, it would show a mum coughing and wiping her nose with whatever is in her pocket while wrestling her kids into their carseats and simultaneously attempting to sanitize everything within reach.
Unfortunately parents aren't tucked up in bed with the luxury of recovering in peace. Just getting on with life and hoping, really hoping it goes away, fast.
It's why I dread getting a cold these days. And why I'm sitting here right at this moment under a blanket with a cup of tea, crossing my fingers and toes that this tickle in the back of my throat is just a fleeting irritation. Ugh.