Sickness Survival Kit

How To Survive Any Illness: The Sickness Survival Kit

Y’all, I recently went through hell.

Of course I don’t mean that literally. But I felt like my entire body had betrayed me. It started, innocently enough, as a slight fever and a headache. I thought it would be one of those “here today, gone tomorrow” types of illnesses.

Oh boy was I wrong! 

I had a non-stop fever for days.

Days, y’all! 

I don’t have time to be sick. I’m a single mom and when I’m sick, my entire life stops.

This recent illness kicked my butt! I was too sick to even go to the doctor. Luckily, I have some family in town and they made sure I didn’t need anything and that the kids had plenty of food. They mostly survived off of Pop-Tarts and cereal amongst other forms of junk food. That’s when I started thinking about the things we should keep on hand when sick. I’m going to call it the Sickness Survival Kit. Here is what I would put in mine:

Pop-Tarts, Cereal, and other “Feed Yourself!” foods

If it weren’t for Pop-Tarts, Lucky Charms, and Doritos, my kids may have starved while I was sick. That’s only a slight exaggeration. They may not be the healthiest foods, but they worked.

Don’t Forget Chicken Nuggets

Kids cannot live off of breakfast/cold foods alone. Even kids get tired of their favorite foods. If they are old enough to cook, then have something hot they can make themselves. Chicken nuggets is a huge step up from cereal for the 7th time today.


Seriously, you will need this to pay the delivery person who comes to bring your kids dinner for the 5th night in a row.

Extra Tylenol / Ibuprofen

During one of the first days I realized I was allergic to the tylenol I had on hand and ended up running out of Ibuprofen. Here I am, days into the sickness, finally feeling well enough for a shower.

Sidenote: This is the thermometer I use to track my fertility and menstrual cycles

Netflix / Streaming Video

When I wasn’t sleeping, I was watching Netflix. I have never binged watched so much TV in my entire life. I watched so much that I ran out of things to watch. It’s good to keep your options open.

Rok, our husky, enjoyed breaking the rules and getting on the bed with me. He watched the chickens while I watched Netflix.

Amazing Family

Between my mom and the kids’ grandpa, we didn’t lack anything. They came over, made my kids clean up the mess that was masquerading as my house, and even brought the kids food.

I’m glad to say that I am finally feeling better, though still have a headache. I’m waiting to hear from my doctor to see if the labs they ran showed anything. They said it could be a couple weeks. In the meantime, my kids are enjoying some proper home cooked meals, but would probably rather not be cleaning.

Update July 15th, 2017: Turns out that sickness was pretty bad! I had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, one of the most severe tick borne illnesses there is with approximately a 20% mortality rate which drops to 5% if treatment is started within the first few days of illness. Luckily I was put on the exact medication needed and didn’t need to be hospitalized.

Author: Aduke Schulist

Aduke Schulist is a 30 something content creator living in the heart of Arkansas. She enjoys blogging, vlogging, and spending way too much time on social media. Aduke is a big fan of true crime documentaries and advocating for people with special needs. You can find Aduke on social media as @AdukeSchulist.

35 thoughts on “Sickness Survival Kit”

  1. One of the things that saved me while sick was all of the help from family. You are right on that one, 60 days in the hospital required a lot of help with my daughter and home, I am forever greatful!

  2. Oh wow yes as a single parent – being sick is the worst!! Been there done that! So glad you are feeling better now and yes you have to have those comfort things to lean on like easy snacks for kids, and NETFLIX lol I live on Netflix!

  3. Mom never gets to be sick. This is a great list to remember when we aren’t feeling well and really just need to sleep and rest.

  4. This is me when I’m sick and still have to take care of my son. I rely on what I call “emergifood”. It’s frozen dinners from Trader Joe’s!

  5. Pop Tarts are a must when you are sick. There’s nothing worse than being sick. And yes, cash for delivery guys is something there never seems to be enough of, especially when you need to order by phone and can’t pay by credit card.

  6. Moms aren’t allowed to get sick, nevermind a single mom! I feel for you! Its so hard!! I think you have a great list of things to prepare yourself

  7. I’m glad you’re feeling better!! Being sick sucks enough as it is, I can’t imagine being sick with kids in the house! At least they can (sort-of) fend for themselves!!

  8. It’s good to be ready! I’m glad you’re feeling better now. I’d definitely take all the things that gives me comfort and food is a huge part of that one!

  9. I love your article !!! It is so true that when we are sick as moms and have little ones our kids can starve !! Its okay to give them not so healthy snacks and meals until we get better.

  10. Oh my imagine if you have an Asian Mom or Auntie at home, and you’ll get confused of their medication. My Mom used to apply vicks all over my body and let me drink warm ginger tea. All herbal. But on the last day of our sickness, we always ask for an orange soda. Our way to say we are okay. Lol

  11. I’m so sorry to hear you have been feeling so under the weather! There have been some particularly nasty things going around in the last year. I had something a few months ago, and I was so sick I couldn’t really get off of the couch—which is unheard of for me. Hopefully I never catch it again. I hope you are feeling better soon!

  12. This is really important to know, we are not perfect we are also have a sick. I totally love this idea.

  13. I go to a children’s museum and am constantly washing my hands. My daughter and I got sick after flying down to Florida, airplanes are the worst, we were sick for almost a week, practically ruining our trip.

  14. The best part of the sickness survival kit diet is the kids think it’s a treat – just because you’re miserable doesn’t mean they need to be.

  15. OMG! I’m so glad you survived this awful illness. I had Lyme Disease years ago and got really sick from it, so tick bites are no joke.

    And I’m cracking up over the part about feeding kids chicken nuggets. Mine love them too.

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