sleeping on the couch

Lindsay was sick last year with the flu or the fever or something like that. The doctor said it was contagious, and I’m not a big fan of being sick, so… I slept on the couch for a few days.

I just saw my buddy Ron say that he’s got bronchitis. He’s also got a wife and two little boys at home. What should Ron do?

What about you… what do you do in these situations? Do you sleep on the couch? Do you, as the spouse, just accept the unavoidable fate of catching whatever they’re sick with, or do you protect yourself and your children and send the temporary leper into isolation for a couple days?

I know I just posted a blog about how the early Christians stayed and cared for the sick and dying, and how wonderful that was… but um, what about when its just a fever or cold?

Hook me up with some free marriage counseling!

13 thoughts on “sleeping on the couch”

  1. I don’t see the problem with sleeping on the couch for a few days till she is better. There is no use in both of you being sick. Because if your both sick how will you care for the other? Just because you are not sleeping in the same bed as her doesnt mean your not caring for her or taking care of her. Your just looking out for yourself. So in the waking hours you are well enough to take care of her.

  2. Sleep on the couch, if you are both sick there’s no one to take care of either of you. Let the sick one have the bed, it’s more comfortable and hopefully they will recover sooner!!

  3. Nice! I’m feeling better about myself already…

    Mat, that’s very creative… I’m 6’3″ and like a million pounds, so I’m not sure why we don’t have a king bed yet.

  4. Actually…the question of where to sleep is unimportant at this point because there really shouldn’t be any sleeping going on. You should be keeping watch over me day and night just in case I have a little midnight cough and need some water. Or a midnight craving and need some ice cream…. totally for the sore throat though…totally šŸ™‚

  5. I understand both points-of-view, you are a goof, though! I don’t remember how to spell it, but there is this medicine you take if someone around you is sick, pronounced echo-nasia, and it works wonders for everything. Plus I believe that if you tell yourself you won’t get sick, you won’t, but I’m also a goof. Either way, there’s nothing wrong with the decision, I think Linds would get it. Love you man

  6. Personally we don’t sleep on the couch, but you are not a bad person for doing so…….Just make sure you check on her…every hour:) and ice cream is of upmost importance….TOTALLY needed!

  7. thank you Rochelle. I’m not a bad person after all.

    Jaydubbs, I’m not allowed to watch Lost without Linds. And she falls asleep before me every night, so Halo is almost always an option!!

  8. When Roger was sick recently, I slept on the couch and/or in the guest bedroom, because his fever was so high he literally soaked the bed. And he smelled bad. We’ve been married 29 years this April. I used to stay in the room with him and vice/versas but we got older and wiser. Now we have a big brass bell (got it in Mexico) that we can ring loudly if we need help – you can always hear the bell, but not always someone calling for help. It’s worked great. Now both of us get sleep that’s needed for getting well, and helping the other person when they need you and aren’t sleeping. The most important thing to remember is to lovingly care for the person when they are awake, and yes ice cream is always a nice touch. Let me know if you ever need to borrow our bell. šŸ™‚

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