Like an earthquake kit of sorts, sharing this list with dad as sickness settles in might make the bout a little more bearable:
What I Do Not Know Won't Hurt Me: The house is not going to be as neat as it usually is if I'm out of commission. Since I'll be mostly bed-ridden, please create an illusion of order and cleanliness by maintaining the surrounding areas in order. I won't have enough energy to find a huge pile of dirty clothes and toys in the children's bathroom tub. Feel free to pretend everything is clean by throwing it all in there.
Set The Alarm: When I got the stomach flu, Alain took care of the boys with no complaints. He fed, diapered, bathed, entertained, and all the other "eds" on his own and let me recover. The only improvement I can suggest is that checking in on me once every three hours or so might be a good idea. You know, just in case I pass out on the floor or need water.
Bring on the Pity: My suggestion would be that Alain do everything under his power to bring up feelings of pity and sympathy for him. The poor dad taking care of the boys and a sick wife all by himself is a good case to make. Strategically sharing the news with our friends and family will bring all kinds of babysitting, cooking and cleaning support.
Where was Alain when Luca sat on me while I recovered from foot surgery?
Why, taking the picture, of course!
Anything you would like to suggest for making mom's life during sickness a little easier?