A healthy baby and child is what every parent and grandparent wants. Keeping healthy yourself is a challenge but being responsible for the health of another is more so. I have not had to deal with life threatening illnesses in my grandchildren. Much admired members of my wider friends and family have had to do handle epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and cancer. I can only say ‘Respect’ loud and clear. For me it has been another seasonal challenge with..
The winter ailments
Goodness me what a winter it has been. The boys have been through two rounds of colds each, high temperatures which led to nothing, constipation sufficiently concerning to go to the GP- who saw us straightaway, an ear infection and vomiting bugs. Much of which was while Mummy was herself ill in bed and Dad was catching up on all the work put off over Christmas. So it has been Nan to the fore.
I am writing this blog as International Childhood Cancer Day passed on 15th Feb. Cancer is a far more serious matter than our winter worries. I had no idea that only 20%, that is 1 in every five children, in low income countries survives cancer. In the developed countries in Europe, North America 80%, so 4 out of 5 survive. How unfair is that. Do take a look at http://internationalchildhoodcancerday.org/allabouticcd/ and give an extra hug or helping hand to anyone you know is struggling with cancer.
Back to the boys
When our first went to nursery it was a season of 12 colds spread nicely across winter and spring . Now we have a full team it is more complex. The colds and vomiting pass from one to the other. Staying alert to and handling other unrelated conditions coming through at the same time is exhausting
To be sick or not to be sick
When Duncan..the last to get the vomiting bug said ‘ I feel sick Daddy’ at breakfast it was a judgement call as to whether this was copying the others or real. He did not look pale, he was playing about at the table. He knew his cold covered bros were getting more cuddles and care at home. So was he ‘swinging the lead’ as my Dad used to say?
Duncan was sent to school and before 11am Nan got a call. Help please Mum…. Duncan has been sick and needs to come home. Off I set. On arriving Duncan was sitting cheerfully in the reception with a bag full of sick covered clothes and his sportswear on in its place.
Nan ’I tried to get to the bin to be sick but the sick started coming out of my nose’. He loved the reaction of course which he had got several times over by his classmates.
Is sick time playtime?
On taking him home we awaited any further signs. There were none. Unlike his bros there was not a regular vomit every few hours. One large burst and for Duncan it was all over.
A small drink of water, a piece of toast, a wait and watch but nothing.
‘Can I watch the TV’…No, this is not playtime.
‘Can I go to Peter’s house?’ No it is not playtime
‘Can you play with me’ ….maybe….
The rule of the house is school age children who are sick at home do not get playtime or TV.
We looked at books, did some Mathletics and soon the day was gone. He was well again and able to go along to the tech festival at his school and make and code a working robot. School burst back to the top of the list for fun places to be and life returned to normal.
Be alert to more than one sickness at the same time
Keep to the house rules re use of TV, tablets and playtime