It’s hard, harder than hard when your child is sick and it breaks my heart. Owen was awake by three and he immediately started talking to me about his nose. He sounded worse than yesterday and I was concerned about his cough. The concept of blowing one’s nose is not exactly the easiest thing to explain. I went back and forth with him trying to get him to actually blow his nose. He’s getting pretty good about blowing out through his mouth but the nose is a whole other concept. He is understanding how to use a tissue, but he doesn’t technically use a tissue. He grabs it out of the box, gets it relatively close to his nose, then shakes it around, he might hit his nose, and then throws it wherever he is. This is farther than we’ve ever gotten with this before. He also does not understand the concept of not coughing in someone’s face, or near their face, or beside their face, or toward their vicinity. This is all something we have to work on. He won’t be going back to school tomorrow and possibly on Wednesday. As the morning went on, his cough seemed to increase. I called his doctor because I was concerned that it was a lot more than it was yesterday. At first, we went through different protocols that we would work through and I was to bring him in the morning if he did not break the fever. About an hour later, the doctor called back to say that his strep test was positive now. She called in some medicine for him and I was able to get them later in the afternoon. He sat at the table using two tablets at the same time, with the same app opened on each, and two different cars, driving them down the roadway at the same spot on the two different tablets, singing the song in the background of the app that goes with it. It is amazing how well he can do this but he can’t do other types of fine motor skills. He started saying he wants to eat cars, bugs, insects, rocks, and grass. And he may or may not by trying. I’m not sure where this has come from. I gave him numerous baths because I wanted to calm down his fever. When he got in the bath, one of the times, he said he wanted tomato juice so he can pour it over his head and be red Owen. I am not really sure why he decided he wanted tomato juice or to pour it over his head but he requested it numerous times throughout the day. He’s still looking for his tooth that he lost yesterday, even though he keeps telling me that he knows it went to the tooth fairy. He said, “my tooth my tooth where’s my tooth” and starts crawling on the ground to look for it. Within a few hours of Owen taking the medicine, his cough already sounded better. He fell asleep almost instantly, and he hardly coughed as he lay there. I pray for a good night's rest for him, for me. He’s sad about missing school tomorrow. I’m thankful he was very active today despite how he was feeling. It gave me a lot of hope as the day wore on. In life, there is a rollercoaster of emotions but remember you are not alone is this journey of life. Smiles to all and donut daze!
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.