Sick Toddlers Are Amazing

Caring for a sick toddler is heartbreaking.  In that child, there is this part of you that exists outside of oneself.  You know they are not feeling well, but there is a limit as to what you can do for them.  You feed them if they’ll eat at all.  You try to make sure they get enough fluids if they will drink anything, to begin with.  You try to comfort them and get lots of rest, but that’s only if they will sleep.  After that, you need to let their body do the rest.

Here the young parent displays their alertness for all to see.

Over the past 4 months, Freya has been sick a number of times, most significantly she has had 3 ear infections.  For someone so young to have that many in such a short amount of time, is a bit of a concern,

Last Thursday, Freya came down with a fever.  It went as high as 106.5C and didn’t break for 6 days.  It was everything we could do to get her to drink juice these past few days, let alone eat anything of substance.  We have been in and out of the hospital, doctors offices, more times than I wish to remember this past week.  But finally, today was an entire day without a fever.

 

Here the Snoopy is seen exhibiting a carefree dance of joy, expressing how happy he is to be an animated character

And now she has a rash…

It can be trying as you’re trying to cuddle or soothe them because of course, they can’t tell you what is bothering them, and heartbreaking also.  But all you can do is make sure they are as comfortable as possible and manage their symptoms as best you can, and remind yourself “I kept them alive today” because some days that can feel like an accomplishment in and of itself.

Freya wearing a jacket I wore when I was her age.

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