A MOTHER has shared her frustration at a viral illness called Day After Public Holiday-itis, saying “enough is enough”.
Following a warm and relaxing three-day weekend, she said waking up to four uncooperative children was difficult on most days, but was worse when this unexpected infection set in.
The illness has the following symptoms: laziness; inability to get out of bed, off the couch or the floor; inability to attend to appearance; extreme forgetfulness and excuse making.
“This morning one child said he couldn’t find his pants even though they were in the basket he’d just looked in,” the frustrated mother said.
“Then he left his untouched hot chocolate on the bench because he ‘didn’t have time’ – that was because he got up 20 minutes late and decided to print off his homework just as it was time to leave.
“While three of the four children sat in the car and the other said he couldn’t possibly get up, I had to run around the house turning off lights and fans.
“When I asked them to help make lunch they all disappeared into bedrooms, toilets and showers, but for all the time they spent in there it didn’t look they achieved anything.
“As I watched them trudge into school like it was a death sentence, I noticed that one had not brushed his hair and was wearing a shoe with a broken, untied shoelace.
“Another had her tag sticking out and her sleeves rolled up strangely.
“It’s just ridiculous. My husband has to get up at 5am and go to work every day even when he’s tired. I have to keep being a mum when I’m tired.
“Enough is enough. This illness has got to be brought under control.”
She called on other mothers who had experienced the debilitating effects of this illness to comment below, saying she had also seen symptoms following two-day weekends, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
She is also contemplating strike action or an extended holiday.

I was feeling grumpy this morning so decided to vent in a light-hearted way. It worked. My grumpiness is fading and I’m ‘getting over it’. Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine.

In other real and not so “selfish” news, my sister in Wagga Wagga is one of many who has been evacuated due to flooding – read about it at ABC news. She was tired but playing it down when I spoke with her, saying only that it was more inconvenient living for days with interrupted power! She will send me photos when she gets back to her apartment. In the meantime, check this story out.

Waste deep … floodwaters swirl around Wagga Wagga, where farmers are using tinnies to rescue stranded sheep. Photo: Andrew Meares. Read more:




Monique Mulligan

Monique Mulligan

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  1. Yes, that disease strikes here frequently. As predictable as it is, it is nevertheless frustrating each time it hits. I find I have even less tolerance for it than I used to. I used to try not to nag or yell, and show understanding towards the sufferer. Now I don’t bother with the niceties and go straight to yelling. However, that is no cure, and I’m not sure there is a cure. I’m hoping it is just an adolescent illness, and it will pass with time, as my own bouts of it did.

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