Parents: dealing with sick kids.

Ever since I have become a parent, I struggle with something. It is the anxiety that comes with your child being sick. Kids get sick a lot, they pick up viruses like bees honey and to be honest in the last 3 years I got quite used to having to cope with fevers, coughing in the middle of the night, pneumonia, hand foot and mouth… Or so I taught… A few weeks ago, Luca picked up a nasty stomach virus, that had him vomiting for 2 days in a row. He stopped eating and drinking, since when it was happening was resulting in a new vomit episode. On top of all, I was home alone with him the entire week, since Traian was in business trip to India. It was horrible, mostly because I let the feeling that I was alone get the best of me. When you are awake in the middle of the night with a sick child, you just think that the worse will happen and that it will never end. You feel hopeless when you watch your child suffering and all you can do it hold his hand and wait. This was me day and night with Luca. We did see the doctor and that helped, but still it felt terrible lonely.

And as I write this I have the same worried feeling in my stomach and even though I am aware that kids go though stomach bugs all the time, I still can’t shake this feeling. But in the same time, I know that next time it happens, I will know exactly what and how to deal with it.

So parents, is it just me that gets this way? I know it can be linked to the fact that we are away from close family, but still I think I have a good support system here. I rely on the medical system, and on my friends, even though at times, I struggle to ask for help and even when people offer I tend to say no. This is a lesson for me, to give and to get more help when needed.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how you stay strong and manage to navigate the sick days with your younger ones. It comes with being a parent and we can support each other in this journey.

Stay healthy!