But What About MY Nap?

If either family, friends or yourself has kids under the age of five, you know about “nap time”. Those magic hours for kids usually being 1:00 to 3:00.  Perhaps you have even scheduled an event around nap time.  A birthday party at 11:00 or a dinner or holiday get together starting around four?

As a chronically ill person, whenever I hear these times, especially in the afternoon, I think, “But what about my nap?”  If you are sick, you are nodding, if you are not, you may be laughing at me.  But the truth is I have a meltdown physically and mentally if I don’t have a nap and my nap time is between 3:30 and 5:30.

I panic when I hear an occasion is going to be a bit after three, after “nap time”. How am I going to get through it?  Usually what will happen when I get home from these events is I am weeping, handing Tyler over to Grant and going to bed for the rest of the night even if it’s six or 7:00.

This weekend it’s a double whammy for me.  Two occasions, no naps.  December is a tough time for us chronic nappers.  It’s hard not to become “over-scheduled” and for a sick person, that doesn’t take much.

As I take my nap later this afternoon, I will make sure to treasure it.

Ah, the days when my son napped with me!

Ah, the days when my son napped with me!

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

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