Week in Review: March 17: Emma vs. the No Good Very Bad Flu

missprintweekreviewThis week on the blog you can check out:

Keeping it short and sweet: I have had the flu since last Thursday and I’m still recovering. What a week.

Here are two of my favorite posts I shared on Instagram this week:

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a caregiver this week. ▪️ In college my narrative nonfiction professor told me I should write my final piece about the ways my life had been impacted by taking care of my mother. I wrote about something else and probably got a lower grade as a result. I didn’t care. ▪️ I hate identifying myself as a caregiver because it always seems to imply some kind of burden or reluctance when, for me, I can’t imagine making any other choice. It wasn’t until this week when I have been completely laid out by the flu that I realized how much I’ve internalized that caregiver role for better or worse. ▪️ My mom lives with me and for my entire adult life I have been taking caring of her and supporting her in increasingly large ways. I pay the bills, cook, maintain the house, manage my mom’s prescriptions and medical care, and take her to her appointments. Even after consciously building a support system for myself it still often comes down to me alone in hospital waiting rooms. It’s not necessarily what I would have chosen for either of us but it’s the way things have shaken out. ▪️ So it’s been strange to be incapable of doing any of that this week and being forced into a position where I need all the help. At first I thought it was because I’m a Type A personality and micro-manage everything but no. It’s just a foreign concept. ▪️ I’m on four different medications right now and am too dizzy to stand so I’m probably not making any great points here. If, like me, you are usually a giver remember to take care of yourself too. Give yourself permission to accept help and buy the fancy slippers. ▪️ #goodygoodyshoes #silk #flowers #slippers #sickday #rest #portraitmode #nofilter #convalescence #caregiver #payyourselffirst #thoughtsfrommyconvalescence

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If you you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my March Reading Tracker.

How was your week? What are you reading?

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