Bedside Manner


Bedside Manner

After every winter I write about someone being sick, it seems, and this time it was me. Two full separate weeks out of commission, a month apart. 

It was ruthless ear, nose, throat, sinus  whole head issues that went on for days, relieved only briefly by a Hulk-Smash pancreatitis attack that made me forget all about my sore throat for a few hours. Misery, I tell you! (at least as far as run-of-the-mill illness goes, but I’ve been known to dramatize)

You’ve probably seen the memes about moms not getting “sick days”– Mom shuffles around like death warmed over while kids hang off her arms. Luckily for me, I do get a for-real sick day. Hubs stays home to watch the kids while I lie in bed, wishing I was never born, in peace and quiet, save for the hourly “WHERE’S MAMA”.

And then every so often they come visit me to see if I’m better yet.

“Don’t bother your mom, she’s sleeping”, I hear. “Stay downstairs.”

Wait for it. 


*door opens*

*stage whispers* “Hi Mama, you sick?”

“Guys! Where are you?”

“Mama! Are you going to sleep ALL DAY LONG?” *stretches eyelid*

*Hubs in the doorway* “Hey! Mom’s sleeping. Come down.”

“She’s not sleeping, Dada.”

Their bedside manner needs work, I think to myself. Their consideration for the gravely ill is often lacking. 

Bedside Manner

cartoon ~ woman lying on a couch with a child by her side


But then, you know what, sometimes they surprise me and go all out to make sure I’m taken care of, whether I like it or not. Like this.

Bedside Manner

cartoon ~ woman lying on a couch with kids by her side


Now, lest you think it’s a humblebrag about being suffocated by my children’s loving gestures (what’s a mother to do with all this love?), I should add that I have about five minutes after that before they’re back to check to see if I’m better NOW. I mean, it is like forever for a kid. Days and days of no one being Mater. Spring is here now, though, so hopefully that’s it for a while. 



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Category: Family, Kids, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Calvin F. says:

    Reminds me of a time when my mom was sick and I got her water.

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I had another good laugh at the comics, hilarious. However I am sorry to hear that you’ve been seriously ill, how nice that hubby can stay home so that you can rest (kids allowing). Hope you are now A1

  3. Brenda A says:

    Ahhh! Being a sick mama is never easy on anybody! The disruption of everything only adds to the stress! Speedy recovery!

  4. Kristi says:

    Love the cartoon! Being sick like that is always hard, but even harder when you have children depending on you.

  5. These cartoons are so cute…and so accurate!

  6. Julie says:

    Cute post, but unfortunately very true…seriously, we need sick days!

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