Theresa Romain
Theresa Romain


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It started the night of Halloween. “I don’t feel good,” said Little Miss R.

When questioned about this statement, she clarified: she felt good enough to go trick-or-treating, of course. She just didn’t feel good enough for anything else we might want her to do, like take a shower. (She got to do the first, but she also had to do the second.)

For that matter, I didn’t feel too whippy myself. Just allergies, I thought, since we are having the longest summer evvvveeeerrrrrr and the ragweed is happy about it. But when she and I both woke up the next day with a fever, it was clear: we were sick.

When you call in your sick child on the day after Halloween, you get Peak Skepticism from the school office. It nagged at me all day, overachiever that I am. (“She really is sick! I swear! Cough cough cough me too!”)

When you’re sick on the first day of the month, you get…behind. I was supposed to pay lots of bills and open a new website contest and run a Facebook giveaway and turn in lots of documents to my publisher and, oh yeah, write this post. As of this writing, I am but partway through the list. However, Little Miss R is going back to school tomorrow—thus, no doubt, increasing the Was She Really Sick Skepticism of the office staff—and I’ll play catch up.

And Mr. R just got home with shrimp pho for me, so I think I’ll be feeling better soon too.

Tell me about your favorite way to feel better when you’re sick! To one random commenter, I’ll send a print copy of my historical romance Season for Surrender, which begins when the hero has a cold. International comments welcome. Winner announced on Sunday.

15 thoughts on “A Visit from A Bug

  1. Dawn A says:

    Chicken noodle soup, diet sprite and a lot of sleep.

  2. Glenda says:

    Sleep, chicken soup, sleep, lots of fluids, oh and sleep. Hope you’re both completely better soon!

  3. says:

    If I have the choice, staying in bed surrounded by purring cats and reading (if possible) and maybe a hot cup of tea (I’m usually a coffee drnker). Soup is good too!

  4. Amy says:

    My son always wants my chicken noodle soup when he is sick. My husband likes to cook, so he is fine with making me whatever I want when I am sick which is usually toast with jelly, or cinnamon toast.

  5. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    PG and USF had had colds for the last week. Now I think I’m getting it:-(

  6. Natasha Persaud says:

    I don’t have a choice but to take lots of medication since I can’t call in sick to work

  7. Thank you all for your comments! I might be scarce today since Little Miss R is home again, carrying around an in-case-of-barf bowl. (She is a wee bit dramatic when she doesn’t feel good.) Visions of soup and sleep are dancing in my head.

  8. Kate Sparks says:

    Hot bath and a toddy!!!

  9. girlfromwva says:

    hope little miss is doing better. when i get sick, i go to bed, grab my fluffy blanket, have chinese chicken soup, drink powerade, and watch “girl movies” or stuff like “Sex and the City”.

  10. Eileen A-W says:

    Hot shower, soup and tea, Plus lounging in bed with a good book and no kids bothering me (like that ever happened).

  11. Annette Naish says:

    I hope both of you are feeling perkier now. And you can always go to the school secretary and cough all over her/his desk. That should show them y’all are really sick.

    Sleep, chicken soup and peppermint tea. If I feel too badly, I just sleep. Isn’t it funny that sleep seems to help so much.

    1. Annette, you have won the book! I’ll follow up with you by email.

  12. Julie-ann Ford says:

    When I am sick I just want to sleep all day and then when I get up I want something cool to drink and something light to eat. Then I go back to sleep. Usually the next day I am 100 percent better.

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  14. LSUReader says:

    When I’m ill, I just want to stay in bed and sleep…and read, of course.

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