I apologize for not posting earlier. To be honest I have been consumed with taking care of poor sick Ava this past week so I feel like I’ve been MIA from everything for a while. I wrote this post last Wednesday in the midst of a stressful week. I am happy to say Ava is finally feeling better and we are off to a great start on this Monday.
I am writing this post so that I can keep myself sane and somewhat vent about having a sick child.
Let me just say it’s been the hardest part of parenthood for me. Ava has had a fair amount of illnesses since she was born and I find it to be the most stressful and frustrating part of parenting. I have no control and the only thing I can do is try to help her feel comfortable. I find myself getting so stressed out because most of the time there’s nothing I can do but wait for her to get better.
I want to say Ava has a weak immune system, but I don’t believe that. She’s a healthy eater, she’s active on a daily basis and she sleeps well. She’s a happy energetic kid and it doesn’t make sense.
The times that she gets sick are usually when she doesn’t nap or stays up too late 1-2 days in a row. That’s probably our fault because we happen to be out at a party or traveling when her schedule gets thrown off. Sometimes we can’t help that but it usually results in a run down tired kid that ends up getting sick.
It feels like we just got over the stomach flu and here we are again, home sick with a nasty cold again. I took Ava to the Doctor on Friday and she had bronchitis so we had to do some nebulizer treatments daily. I honestly feel like this cold is harder to deal with then the stomach flu. She’s more miserable, cranky and I can’t seem to keep her comfortable. With the stomach flu I just had to feed her a bland diet and push the fluids.
There are so many families with kids that don’t get sick as much as Ava and I sort of envy that. I find myself comparing Ava to them and question if I’m doing something wrong as a parent. Why is my kid ALWAYS sick? I wonder if there’s something I can do better or change?
I guess it’s the cards I was dealt with and it’s making me a stronger mom.
BUT……I can’t help but get frustrated when Ava starts sneezing & coughing because I know the next few days to a week are going to be super challenging.
She’s not an easy sick patient.. but then again who is!?
Sometimes I want to blame other parents for bringing there sick kids places when they should be home resting. I understand we still have to function with our daily lives but what happened to keeping your kid home when they are hacking up a lung?? It’s not healthy to drag your kid all over town to run errands or so you can go work out at the gym while your kid cries miserably at daycare. It’s not fair. Kids for the most part don’t cover their mouths when they cough and they wipe their bugars all over themselves and the toys they play with. It’s gross and it’s not healthy.
Maybe you don’t agree with me maybe I’m overreacting?!
I would love to get some more opinions because like I said I am venting and I needed to let out some of my thoughts so that I can move on and let this spring and summer weather bring me some health!!!
For all you moms out there with a child who gets sick frequently, how do you deal? Do you find yourself getting frustrated?