A piece of Tanka prose
For the past several days, my daughter has been sick; and my wife also caught the virus shortly after our six-year-old fell ill. Luckily, it’s nothing too serious – our child’s beloved doctor gave her a checkup and informed us that it’s merely a nasty cold. I haven’t fallen sick myself, but I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop.
beyond her fever hacking coughing is the worst bending her over straining her stomach muscles she's suffering in pieces
The above was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt.
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95 thoughts on “Sick days, or: Tissues”
Hope they are both feeling better now. My heart goes out to her after reading your tanka’s last line.
they’re better, thanks Marion!
That’s good to hear. 😊
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It’s always tough. But children get through sickness better than adults. 🙂
❤ Terveen ❤ – this is true. My wife is still sick!
I wish her well. It’s difficult to go through sickness. But she has you… 🙂
Are your darlings better? I hope so. Thanks for this Tanka Prose. Excellent. 👏
yes… the coughing lingers… but everyone is on the mend.
❤ Selma ❤ – thank you.
Glad to know. Be well. xo
awwww hugs to them.. no fun.. I sure hope you don’t get it too!!! 💖
I’m a bit sick now too… but not as bad as daughter and wife are… mostly sniffles and a bad headache…
Always a tough nut when your child and/or spouse is ill.
Once my hubby (for the second time and as an adult) got a child hood illness from one of our children.
That high fever over several days was scary!
Hope all is well now!
❤ Jules ❤ – thanks! Yeah… it's kinda scary. Fevers seem to be going up and down around here…
Chicken soup!… and I can’t remember the order is it stave a cold, feed a fever or reverse! … “This saying has been traced to a 1574 dictionary by John Withals, which noted that “fasting is a great remedy of fever.” The belief is that eating food may help the body generate warmth during a “cold” and that avoiding food may help it cool down when overheated. But recent medical science says the old saw is wrong.
Sometimes the body temp rises beause we cover up our loved ones too much! But the fever is good in some respects, as it is what is taking ‘care’ of the germs? I know folks are always glad when a fever finally truly breaks.
Cool compresses and lots of love.
❤ thanks so much again, Jules ❤