Today we are throwing it back to last week. Yes, last week….and boy what a week it was.
On Wednesday, October 14, my son received his flu shot. My son is allergic to eggs;therefore, the shot was administered at his allergist’s office since it may contain small traces of egg protein. Thankfully, there was no reaction and we went home and had a great next day.
Then, Friday hit and made life interesting to say the least. The next six days would include 6 days of little or no food, 3 days of flu-like symptoms aka gross diapers, some hives, a bad eczema flare-up, and a lot of fussiness.
Here is a timeline of how the next days went down…
- Little or no food
- Bad eczema flare-up
(We thought it was probably just teething yet again.)
- Hive reaction on face (not after eating- since there was no eating going on)
- Took him to doctor who said it was something viral
- After getting home from the doctor, the flu-like symptoms started aka gross diapers
- Still no eating – Day 3 of this!
- Fussiness especially after sleeping
- Day 4 of no eating
- Day 2 of gross diapers
- Tired and weak (Tripping and falling down frequently when playing; Thankfully, that did not continue in the afternoon.)
- Day 5 of barely any food (He ate some puffs.)
- Day 3 of gross diapers but on the mend
- Flu-like symptoms were gone
- Still no eating; Day 6 of this! Now, we were getting more scared.
- Extreme fussiness
- After his nap, he screamed for two hours straight! We could not console him. He would reach for his sippy cup and snack, put it near his mouth, and scream in pain. Terrifying!
While we made a doctor appointment later that evening, we contemplated bringing him to the emergency room. It was that bad! None of our usual or new tactics worked in calming him down. After 120 minutes, out of nowhere, with a little help of Mickey and some passed gas, everything changed…
He stopped crying and allowed us to put him down into his high chair where he would sit for the next hour, devouring more food in those 60 minutes than he had eaten in an entire week. Thank you God! I could not have been more relieved.
Since then, every day continues to get better. I can’t lie last week beat me up and brought a lot of anxiety. Aside from my son’s sickness, it was just one of those weeks full of extra morning traffic, extra tasks at work, extra family stuff, extra everything.
However, now looking back at it, I realize that it taught some valuable lessons.
1)No matter how much of a planner I am, I don’t have the ultimate say. With that being said, I can survive without my daily “to-do” lists and plans. Last week most of what I had planned went out the window and restoring my son’s health was our central focus. In my life, I need to do more of putting aside my plans and living in the moment. Lauryn Hill explained it perfectly with the following words.
Maybe I need to work on being more “available” in the moment instead of planning for moments that may never be.
2) Toddlers are resilient. My son amazes me every day with the knowledge that he is learning through his explorations. Despite having what I believe was the flu, my son also spent last week learning new skills and words such as “Elmo” or rather “Elno” and even something that sounds like “U-Bre-la” for umbrella. Also, since he started to eat again, he is eating lots! I guess he is making up for those missed meals. Maybe I need to worry a little less and just follow his lead sometimes.
3) No matter how stressful the day is, there is always a reason to smile. You just need to open your mind to seeing the good instead of focusing on the negatives. It is easier said than done, but definitely possible. Therefore, because we are too blessed to be stressed, we smile on…