A Mothers Resiliance

Ava is sick! Really really sick! Sick like she has never been in her entire, 16 month-long life! We had a very rough night on Tuesday evening, she literally cried from 7pm when I put her down to sleep until almost 23h30. The snot was pouring from her, she had a cough that sounded like a barking dog, she was wheezing and struggling to breath and her voice was very hoarse. It took an hour of back-breaking, firm-gripped, rocking to get her to finally go to sleep. Which was short-lived, she was awake again just after 1am and took more rocking and soothing to go back to sleep and again at 5am with heart wrenching sobbing.

Needless to say, I felt like death warmed up on Tuesday morning – all the symptoms of sleep deprivation were there… pounding head, aching body, lethargy. But when you’re a mamma there’s no time to worry about these things, or pay much attention to them, my main concern was my poor, very sick baby.

So off we went to the Dr to get Ms Ava checked out, history has taught me one thing with this child, any sign of illness and its only a day or two and she has a full-blown tonsillitis attack! Tonsillitis has struck my poor baby 4 times in the past 5 months!

So the Dr gives Ava a thorough check over and  confirms she is indeed sick. Not only can he already see her tonsils starting to swell but she has croup and just for a bit of extra fun, she’s also cutting 4 molars. He also notes that mommy looks like hell and says he thinks he should check mommy out! And wouldn’t you know it, I wasn’t sleep deprived I was sick, just too bloody busy to notice. I had a fever of 39 and all the signs of symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection without even knowing it. So we are a happy, coughing, snotting, antibiotic taking bunch the Van Wyk household this Easter!

The irony is that being a mother really does help one harden the hell up! Two years ago I would have been struck down by this type of illness and by such a fever and taken to my bed but not anymore! It’s odd how motherhood makes us not just toughen  up but gives us an extraordinary ability to keep going and be resilient!

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  • Reply catluvagp

    Shame Sharon, sending you lots of get well vibes. Do you have a humidifier in Ava-Grace’s room? Also I use a homeopathic nose spray solution called Euphorbium which is great in between antibiotics to unblock noses etc. You can use it a few times a day and there are no nasty side effects. Also get Sister Lilian’s Mucocare and Tonsicare homeopathic tabs, my kids eat them like sweets and I find they do help. While she is sick you up the dose and when she is better, you give her the maintenance dose.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Mash

    Get well soon! Not to frighten you, but as a child I almost died from croup. I stopped breathing and threw my bottle against the door to get my mom’s attention. So just keep a close eye on that, and look after you xxx

    April 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply darylfaure

    Very true Sharon – you really become superwoman when you become a mum. Hope you both feel better really soon. At least Granny is there to give you a break now, so you can look after yourself as well. Happy Easter my friend.

    April 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply yvettene

    Feel better, both of you!

    April 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply twoisafamily

    So sorry you guys are sick! Wishing you a speedy recovery. And a happy ICLW!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    Shame man. Croup is evil. My Toddler used to get it regularly. Tonsillitis is evil too. And so is cutting Molars. I hope she feels better today and I hope that you will also be able to get some rest.xx

    April 23, 2011 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Scared & Imperfect Mother

    How are you and Ava doing now? Better? Your nose still there?

    April 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm
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