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Having sick Katy kids can be a hard experience

My oldest daughter and I spent the morning at the doctor’s office.  She woke up in the night with croup and a high fever, and needed cuddling and to be rocked most of the night.

Although she is four, and we have been through many illnesses, it is still such a painful, disappointing experience every time she gets sick.  For one, it is so hard to watch your baby feeling so ill.  It hurts to not be able to do anything for her.  One of the worst feelings in the world.

Add to that sleep deprivation from being up with the sick child all night.  And the need to clear your schedule, make an appointment, drop some cash on a doctor visit and a prescription… it is just a miserable experience.  Without fail, I have to cancel some plans that both she and I were looking forward to – this time it was a friend’s birthday party, church, and lunch with her cousin afterwards.  Not to mention school if she hasn’t kicked the fever by morning.

But in all of this, there is so much to be thankful for.  Sick children sit still so much longer.  They let you hold them and stroke their hair and kiss them.  They appreciate you and want to be with you.  It is so fulfilling to sit with my daughter and know that I am giving her everything I can just by being there for her.  A sick child brings out the lioness in me and I feel so empowered when all is said and done.  The prescriptions are filled, the smoothie is made, and my baby and I are laying on the couch watching Yo Gabba Gabba on repeat.  We can get through this thing.  And I can make it better for her after all.

Every time one of my children gets sick, I am reminded of how blessed I am to have such healthy kids.  By and large, our life goes off without a hitch and my children stay healthy.  Their temporary and mild illnesses serve as a reminder of just how blessed I really am.  Three days from now, this illness will have passed and life will be back in full swing.  But for now, I am going to sit up with my little girl when she calls me in the middle of the night and cherish the time we get to spend together.

What about you?  How do you deal with sick children?  Post a comment below!

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