We’ve achieved a semblance of normality. It is a slow-paced normality with many naps, but all the kids are back at school and no one has a fever anymore. Howard and I have been tag-teaming for the past five days. We take turns sending each other back to bed. We also pared down to the absolute essentials. Yesterday I had three necessary tasks. I had to finish up the last tax paperwork. I had to attend a registration meeting for my high schooler. I had to make sure that the family birthday celebrations were not delayed or abridged by sickness. I accomplished those things and nothing else. There is an accumulation of tasks which is nibbling at the edges of my consciousness. At some point I’m going to have to find high gear and scramble to catch up. That won’t be today.
I have my list of essential things for today, tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday. These are all parenting and family things which are time sensitive and which will live in memory for decades if I mess them up. I am proceeding cautiously because this particular sickness fills my brain with dumb at unexpected moments. On the list of things I really ought to get done are shipping, house cleaning, and email. A little at a time is all I can do.