One of the worst feelings I have being a mom is when my children are sick. With every sneeze, cough, and fever my heart hurts for them. I want nothing more than for them to act like their crazy selves.
Not that long ago, Big Bug caught some kind of virus and got sick at school. This was the first time I ever had to pick him up from school because he was sick. This kid's immune system can almost fight anything. Back in February my husband and I had what we call the Death Bug. We were sick for nearly the whole month and even Baby Bug got it for a few days, but that bug dare not touch Big Bug. It knew better than to mess with him. This time, however, he was not as lucky.
When I arrived at school I found him in the nurse's office asleep, curled up in a ball. The nurse told me she kept trying to get him to lay down and asked if he was tired but he kept saying no. She said eventually she turned around and he was passed out. Big clue that he was really sick – Big Bug never naps unless he is sick.
When we got home I took his temperature and of course he had a fever. He told me he wanted his tablet and turned on Netflix. I gave him medicine, tucked him in, and within a few minutes he was passed out again. He didn't touch his tablet or even watch TV the rest of the day. He pretty much slept the whole time. So weird for him.
This wasn't my normal Big Bug. He doesn't sleep. He doesn't act so glum. He's usually bouncing off the walls and I have to be yelling “No” or Don't do that” or “Leave your brother alone”. Surprisingly, I missed him being himself. His annoying, cute, and sweet self.
Most of the next day was just more of the same. More sleeping and being so sulky. That evening though I got a glimpse of his normal self. He started messing with his brother and I saw a smile on his face while he played. I knew he was on the mend. I couldn't help but smile. That smile freed up the weight that was on my heart and I could relax for a moment. It let me know he was going to be just fine and I'd have my hyper child back before long.
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