I’m not Super Mom.

And I *must* get that through my head.

I called my mom last night when my fever topped 103*. I told her all my symptoms. She was sure that it was pneumonia, and I *had* to go in to the ER. I called Gene, (who had gone to church with the kids), and told him that the fever was getting higher and I thought it would be best to go in and get it checked out.

Before he left, he mentioned to our Associate Pastor what was going on, and before Brother Tim started preaching, he called the entire church to the front of the auditorium to pray for me.

I am absolutely, 100% convinced that it was those prayers that kept this from being pneumonia. When I got back into the room at the ER, the ER doc was convinced it was pneumonia. My lungs sounded awful, my cough was terrible, and the fever was way too high to be normal. He did a chest x-ray, and it came back ok. He said that it was “on the verge” and if I didn’t get this under control, it would easily turn into pneumonia. Right now it’s just bronchitis. He also did a flu test, just to be on the safe side, (since I was achy and had the high fever), and it came back positive almost immediately. Just what every mom needs. They sent me home with cough medicine, a steroid shot, (to open my airways back up), an antibiotic, some flu medicine, and strict orders for rest and fluids. If I don’t get this under control, it will quickly turn into pneumonia, and then I’ll be stuck in a hospital for days.

One thing that this illness has taught me is that I am not Super Mom. Being a mom to 5, I think people expect more from me. Therefore, I always take things on, never say no, and do way too much. With this sickness kicking my butt, I’m quickly realizing that I need to slow down and take it easy.

So, I’ll never be on Oprah. I’ll never be one of the “it” bloggers. And, I may never make it to BlogHer. But, that’s ok. It has to be. By running myself into the ground, I’m not doing myself, my family, or anyone else any good.

I’m resolving here and now to make some changes. I’ll still blog. It’s such an outlet for me, and because I get little to no adult interaction during the day, I need it. I will still do reviews and giveaways because those are fun, and I love sharing new products with my readers. I will, however, start to say no more often. I will no longer live on a set schedule and beat myself up because I can’t keep that schedule. I will understand that things happen. People understand, and if they don’t – well, they’re just not worth the effort.

So, I’m turning in my Super Mom cape and tiara. As much as I want to be able to “do it all” and do it all well, it’s more important for me to be the best wife, mother, friend, and business owner that I can be, and take things on as I can. If I can’t take something on, I will not let the guilt eat away at me.

With that being said, I’m heading back to the couch. The kids are with my MIL today, (except for non-bottle taking Parker), and I plan to get as much rest as I can while they’re not here.

Thank you all for your kind words and prayers. They mean so much. As soon as I’m feeling better, I’ll be putting up some reviews and giveaways for ya’all!

Angie Vinez (2872 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.



Comments

  1. 1
    Suzi Homemaker says:

    Amen! You take care of yourself! BTW–you are my Blogging Idol!

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    A little piece of 7th heaven says:

    Angie,
    I agree with Suzi..your are my blogging idol..you are so kind and have such a gentle spirit..
    Get some rest..hope you feel better soon…
    Much prayers,
    Annmarie

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    Heather L. says:

    (((HUGS))) Angie! Get some rest, take it easy and don’t worry about anything else but getting better. I hope you feel better soon!!!

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    The Stevens Family says:

    No matter how much you cut back or cut out, you’re still light years ahead of the rest of us! You’re amazing and always will be. Good for you for realizing that your family is more important than saying yes to everything. Feel better soon, k? There are lots of people (like me!) who care about you and want you to be happy.

  5. 5

    (((HUGS))) Angie!!! I’m sorry I didn’t know what was going on with you until now. I didn’t really check into my blogs yesterday. Anyway, I am so glad it’s not pneumonia and that you caught it before it turned into that!

    You know how highly I think of you. And you’ve just said pretty much what I was talking about on my blog the other day. I got all these ideas swimming in my head and really wanted to try something new that I thought would benefit me as well as others, and then I realized how much work it was going to be. I had to take a step back and figure out if it would be worth it when I have so much I need to tend to here. I thought about my vocation as a mother, the most important job God gave me. And then I wondered how important it was to God that I start some popular blog. You can imagine I got that answer pretty quick! 😉

    Yes, you’ve always tried to do everything for other people. It’s what’s endeared you to so many, but at the same time it’s also something that puts you lower on the totem pole than those of us who love you want you to be. Take care of you! We’ll all be here when you’re better, however much you choose to do. I’m just glad you’re trying to put yourself first for a change!

    Love ya and get better fast!!!

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    RazzberryMomma says:

    Great Big (((((((HUGS))))))) Angie!!
    I agree with you 100% about everything you just said and congratulations for figuring it out! Some mommies never do! So here’s to all of us figuring this out and actually doing it! Take care of yourself hun and get some rest! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help! I’d be happy to do it!

    ~Christina

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    I hope you get to feeling better. Get some rest. Let Gene be the Super Dad for a little while.

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    Cat@3KidsandUs says:

    Ang, don’t feel bad, I don’t think anyone is Super Mom. We can’t be perfect all of the time or expect to be. Rest up sweetie. I hope this clears up soon!

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    Jewllori by Lori says:

    OH Angie, you need to rest for sure, we all understand that! Thanks for the update though, glad it wasn’t pneumonia. Praying for you !!

    ((hugs))

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    Baby Kid Blogs says:

    Saw your post on MomDot. Super mom? No such thing. Or if there is we’re ALL super mom. Great site!

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