Monday, October 8, 2012

In sickness and in health

It is so painful to watch a child suffer when all I can do is offer a bucket. 

Alyssa has been sick with a stomach virus for 5 days thus far. Friday was pretty scary as she was dehydrated and lethargic. Thankfully our pediatrician gave us World Heath Organization Rehydrating Salt packets to add into juice/water. They took us over that hump and kept us out of the hospital.

While she is still sick, she is slowly getting better, but not over the vomiting. 

It's hard to watch your child helplessly. For all the grumbling we do when they are loud and talk to much, we miss it when they aren't their usual bouncy selves. And then there is the sibling to consider. 

Typically Samantha is the one who ends up with serious medical issues and Alyssa is often left feeling like she needs attention. This time the tables are turned and Samantha is able to vocalize how she feels. 

Yesterday, Samantha broke down and begged to be alone with me for just a little while--to have my undivided attention. So we went to Target. Not the ideal 1 on 1 but we still weren't sure how Alyssa was doing. I felt so bad for Samantha. I know how neglected she must feel and someday she'll have to balance being a mom and dealing with a sick child. But for now, I'll do what I can to help her from feeling sad and neglected. 

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