I got my wisdom teeth out the other day and it was kind of fun. Ditto last month’s colonoscopy. Why? Because, like most moms out there, I have little time to myself. And so being put to sleep in a doctor’s office and then spending the entire day in bed is somewhat blissful.
Crazy, right? But I’m not alone in feeling this way. One mom of three tells me that having the flu is like being on holiday: she sleeps, reads trashy magazines and watches re-runs of Sex and the City while her husband chauffeurs the kids around and cooks dinner. That’s how I felt post-wisdom teeth. What’s better than a built-in excuse to slack off on your parenting duties (while high on painkillers)?
I say this all tongue-in-cheek, of course, as I am blessed to be healthy – something I do not take for granted. But in a similar vein to employees having ‘sick days,’ I think that moms in general should have ‘do nothing days’ in which they’re free to lie in bed sans guilt. The problem is that no matter how hard you try and avoid it, the guilt creeps up and you start thinking you should be with your kids or buying groceries or sorting through bins of old clothes or, at the very least, working out. Which is exactly why a minor medical procedure can be like a day at the spa.
Laser eye surgery, anyone?