14 April 2006

sick little boy

James is sick. He's had a high fever since yesterday afternoon. At first I thought he was pretending to take a nap to get out of picking up the living room, but then when he actually fell asleep I knew something wasn't right. So he is having lots of rest and lots of fluids, and we're in wait-and-see mode for now.

It's always a tremendously sad thing when your child is sick. Especially something vague and, as yet, untreatable, because you feel so helpless. Your child feels terrible and you can't necessarily fix it. But on the flip side, when there's an easy cure like antibiotics, it's so rewarding to feel as though you've healed your child.

Trying to look on the bright side though: a sick child gives you more unprompted "I love you"s and thank yous than at any other time, because he is so grateful for anything you do that makes him feel a little better. He also snuggles more, because he is sleepier and in need of comfort and actually sitting still for more than five minutes at a time.

Here's hoping it's just a quick little virus that runs its course quickly.

1 comment:

kim said...

Ugh - I can completely relate. Molly's just gotten over her first real illness (fever and apparent sore throat according to the doctor) and it was just awful. She was miserable for 3-4 days straight and it was the saddest thing. Hope James feels better soon (and doesn't spread his germs to anyone else in the house).