A nasty virus, the stomach flu and strep are all going around my daughter’s school. And in the past week, it went around our house too.
I thought I was safe. It was almost a week into it, and I trailed a cloud of disinfectant wherever I went in the house. Then Thursday midnight came, and I lost 6 pounds in three hours. Serious dehydration.
It’s not the first time, and my husband and I both know what to do. But what if we didn’t have that experience? The first time it happened I almost ended up in the hospital. Would he have been able to assume the duties I perform?
Enter my household notebook.
I have a notebook sitting on my kitchen counter, kind of a household user manual. Inside of it are things like emergency shut off instructions, where information is located, medical cards, phone numbers, and how to give the cat his medicine. It also includes a brief layout of things that get done every day like my daughter’s get-ready-for-school-routine.
It’s not just for when I’m out, either. When my husband had an appendectomy a few years ago, a friend (childless at the time) came over to care for my 1 year old daughter for an evening so I could be at the hospital. Thanks to that notebook, she was able to successfully get my daughter to bed. Well, except for the backwards diaper.
So I ask each of you to consider what would happen if you were suddenly incapacitated for a few days? Would your family be able to continue to function?