I have been incredibly lucky with my two children when it comes to illness. Neither of my kids are sickly. My son, who is 5, has had slightly more illness than my daughter but compared to most children he has still done fantastically.
My 10 daughter however is a miracle child. I can count on one hand the amount of times she’s been poorlie. The last time she was ill was nearly 3 years ago, she threw up, once, and was fine straight away after. Before that when she had chicken pox, she had a handful of spots and was perfectly fine in herself. Before she had hand foot and mouth (common child illness here in the uk) all the spots were in her mouth, which I have to admit was terrible, but that was over very quickly too!
She could be in a room filled with disease ridden, throwing up children and wouldn’t even catch a cold.
So you can imagine my surprise when Unicorn (that what I’ll call my daughter in this post) complained about feeling poorlie. She can be quite an anxious child and right now has a lot on her little plate, so I initially but her tummy ache down to her feeling nervous. However, by day two she wasn’t eating, Unicorn loves her food so this was really unusual for her. Then the temperature came. This is how she stayed for 4 days! Not eating and feeling sick, as soon as the calpol stopped working her temperature came back. She had a good couple of days and really perked up, her appetite wasn’t back but she was definitely on the mend.
Day 7 her temperature was back with a vengeance. I decided to take her to the doctors to check she did have a urine infection or something else going on. I honestly thought they were going to say it was a viral temp bug (as everything now a days is viral!!) but what I was met with was a very concerned doctor. She was worried that Unicorn wasn’t a sickly child, that her temperature hadn’t been right for a week and that she still wasn’t eating.
The doctor ran a few tests to no avail, she was worried she couldn’t find out where the temperature was coming from and that there could be an underlying issue.
She was that concerned she ran the local paediatric hospital for advice who told her to send Unicorn straight to their children’s unit. My heart was pounding out of my chest and all I could think of was meningitis, sepsis, leukaemia…. what there something seriously wrong with my baby girl? The doctor gave me some paper work to take with us and as we left she grabbed my arm and said ‘please make sure you take Unicorn right away’ I replied ‘yes of course we’re going now’ to which she responded ‘this is how serious illness can start.’ And off she went.
I can still feel the lump in my throat I was chocking back, Unicorn was scared and upset so I did what I do best. I put my happy face on and told her everything was ok, that the hospital had a special doctor that specialised in children and they wanted to double check she was ok. It took everything in me not to burst into tears.
When we arrived at hospital they gave Unicorn a bed and started running tests. Surround by seriously poorlie children I thought I was going to pass out. My mind couldn’t stop racing, I started praying. Praying that it was a temperature bug and that nothing else was going on. Praying that Unicorn would be ok…but most of all promising myself I would NEVER moan about a viral infection again.
My prayers were answered, it was just a temperature bug and we were free to leave. The weight of the world lifted off my shoulders and I felt truelly blessed.
What lingered on my mind for days afterwards was the really poorlie children, I felt terrible for the poor parents and their babies, I wouldn’t wish that upon my worst enemy it was heart breaking.
❤️Ending this post with sending love and prayers to anyone who needs it❤️
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