Monday, February 9, 2009

Is Sickness the New Health???

When it rains, it pours. The day after my daughter finished her second round of antibiotics she woke up with a sore throat, neck pain and ANOTHER fever. For a while she was never sick and now she has been sick this entire month. The alternative practitioners we have been seeing warned me that she would start getting sick as she got better. They said she never caught the family cold or family flu because her immune system was too weak to amount an attack on anything. So when my daughter first had a fever, I was happy. But now after seeing her feverish for the third time this month and feeling like I live in the doctors office, I am wondering if this is truly her getting better--or worse. What I do know is I can no longer be so proud that I have the
healthiest kids on the block because of all the gluten free homemade food I feed her.

Today, the doctor asked me if she had a flu shot and I I told him she hadn't gotten one. And he said "That's okay, I had four people with the flu yesterday who had gotten the flu shot." Then he said something about Tamiflu and when I explained why we were not interested he said "They think it doesn't work anyway." He said it half jokingly and I have no idea if he was serious or kidding, but I did appreciate his honesty and skepticism.

After a bunch of testing the doctor relaxed and said it was a virus-- not the flu or a scary bacterial infection--and that she should just rest. We are lying in bed now and she is on my laptop on disney.com. Every once in a while she asks me for a cold washcloth. I did give her some infant Motrin for her terrible back pain, despite my being vehemently against all medicine. And although she is sick, it all feels very normal and somehow okay from the vantage point of my comfortable bed. And it reminds me again, of how parenting turns all my ideas and theories upside down and inside out.

3 comments:

GFOnWallStreet said...

What a great mom you are. What a lucky family you have (I know from first hand experience).

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Tamara said...

We have been battling the sickies here too, mainly strep. It is the one bug that I can't keep away in the winter. And then my oldest was in the hospital for possible psoriatic arthritis. You are so right, when it rains it pours. I too have had ro realize that no matter how well I feed and supplement the kids, they'll still get sick, lol.

Here's to better health soon for both of our families!

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Our Family Is His said...

We have been battling the sicks as well. Oh my, we have all been sick so much, and this is just blowing my mind. We never got sick like this. It got so bad, my 3 1/2 year old just spent 3 days in the hospital due to severe dehydration. He got out Sunday, he woke up today with a disgusting nose!

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