We have been so blessed! Our 2-year-old son, Wyatt, has never been seriously sick. The other
night I took him to the doctor, as his cough (which we originally thought was just allergies), had
escalated to a painful situation for him and he had a fever. To be honest, I still didn’t think it was
anything too serious…
Dr. Joe suggested chest x-rays. He thought Wyatt had Pneumonia. Ummmm, wait, what?! This
is the same kid who is trying to destroy your little waiting room because he’s bored out of his
mind. How is that possible? I just thought maybe he had a little cold…what? Yeah, it scared the
heck out of me! I had these scary thoughts that they were going to have to admit him into the
hospital and blah, blah…my thoughts were going crazy. (Typical mom stuff, right??)
So, as it turns out the doctor found inflammation in both of his lungs and he is only in the early
stages of Pneumonia! Woohoo….I guess….
I was so proud of my child! He was totally cool with everything, the x-rays, even the shot. That
is, until the needle went into his leg. Oh—my—gosh! I had talked to Wyatt before his shot and
warned him it would pinch a little and he was totally cool with it. So, when that needle (which
turned out to be way bigger than I expected) entered my baby’s leg he let out the saddest wail I
have ever heard. I then felt like the worst mommy ever for lying to my child about what the pain
would be like! I just thought it would be one of those quick shots, like they get at their checkups.
~sigh~ It was really sad, and for the rest of the doctor visit he wanted to be held. If you know my
child you know that’s saying a lot. He’s already at the very independent, “Don’t hold me, Mom
(no longer ‘mommy’)”, phase.
I want to know how you mommies handle it when your kids have to get a shot. Do you warn
them? Do you bribe them? What do you say to them? Or, do you just let them be surprised?
Lastly, what fun things do you do to entertain your child when they are sick and need to rest? I
will be taking full advantage of these super cute activity packs! Also, Wyatt has a ton of favorite
movies, but I just hate sitting him in front of the TV. Should I just suck it up? Am I being crazy
thinking his brain will turn into mush if I let him watch TV/movies for several days?
Whew!! I’m done with my questions and crazy mommy rant. May the comments flow…
The adventure continues…