My kid is sick.
I mean, she’s been sick before, but right now she’s very sick. She’s got pneumonia, though it’s only affecting her left lung so we’re lucky we caught it.
She had a fever and a bit of a cough and she wasn’t sleeping – kept coughing herself awake – so I took her in to our doctor (the family doctor I count my blessings for) and we got a diagnosis and a prescription.
It’s a completely terrible thing. She breaks my heart and I would do anything to be sick in her place.
I can’t imagine what it must be like to be so sick and not really understanding what you’re feeling because it’s never happened to you before, and not knowing that it will be better. It’s one of those things that I don’t really think about until I stop and look at her for a while. Of course she doesn’t understand this or that, she’s never been conscious of it before.
This morning she kept telling me “Mommy, my nose is stuck,” and I knew what feeling she was talking about – lord knows I’ve had enough colds in my life – but she doesn’t yet understand how to blow her nose and I have no idea how to teach her. No idea.
How do you demonstrate that?