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Sick Day

Posted by Patience on February 27, 2009 at 11:23 AM in Patience
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This is the face of the waiting room kid. I saw this little face through the lens and put down the camera. In two more seconds he was wrapped up in my arms, practically folded into my body. Literally as close as he could get. He remembers the last doctor episode that involved a shot of antibiotics. I have to admit I was just as worried. We decided to find something else to do to distract us during out 1.5 hour wait. Yes, that's right, it seems every other kid in the city is sick too.

Jack took the camera for a bit:
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and then he drew pictures of powerful video games guys that never get sick...
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It was finally our turn, it's the flu. Believe it or not, I've never done the flu with kids yet. We made soup and bought crusty bread, fresh fruit and lots of juice. I made a bed on the couch and we have been playing lots of go fish while I try to avoid the danger of playing internet doctor. The flu and babies are a terrible mix. We're just waiting it out and crossing our fingers it doesn't make it's way down the line.

What do you do with your kids when they are sick? I remember my friend Simi telling me her mom always brought her a chocolate shake when she was sick. Any "sick" traditions at your house?


Robin writes...

Growing up, my dad would always make home made chicken soup.

Now, in my own house the new tradition is baths with breathe-easy baby wash. My little guy won't eat soup or any other mushy foods (he insists on finger foods), so the soup tradition is out for now and seems to have been replaced with grilled cheese sandwiches.

Amber writes...

Sorry to hear you've got the flu. I haven't dealt with flu and kids yet, either, so I don't have any traditions of my own. But growing up my mom would always get us colouring books or magazines and ginger ale to drink, and we were allowed to watch TV all day if we wanted to.

Anna writes...

My mom always gave us a mix of orange juice and 7up, now it's one of my comfort foods. I haven't ever needed to do flu with kids, but this week everyone at work has been out with it. I have been drinking LOTS of Reed's ginger beer (no alcohol, but lots of real ginger in it). So far I haven't had any symptoms.

Sky writes...

Aw, poor guy! I hope he's feeling better!

When my kiddies are sick, it's just a lot of R&R. I get out the breakfast tray and keeps drinks and snacks available.

Becky writes...

Popsicles are always top on the list since we don't usually have them in the winter unless someone is sick. But the big deal is when daddy gets kicked out to another room and the sick child gets to sleep snuggled next to mommy for several nights.

Jennifer writes...

So sorry you also got "the bug"! We were right there with you in body and spirit! Yuck.

My favorite sick day tradion involves the family couch, and it goes all the way back to my childhood - because the very same couch from my childhood is in my family room today!

We pull out the sleeper couch, bring in all bed pillows from upstairs, and pile in together, with snacks, books, magazines, and remote controls all within reach. Then we do not move for the rest of the day.

Pretty simple, pretty lazy, pretty fun.

Sam writes...

Poor guy. I definitely am hoping the rest of your family stays flu-free! I was surprised to see another commenter say her mom gave her the same orange juice and 7up (or Sprite) on sick days. That was just the best little concoction, and now Mom and I have it together during visits, especially in the hot summer months.

Nicola writes...

soft boiled eggs and toast, hot water bottles, lots of pillows, and the luxury of being able to read and sleep all day. Dare I say it? Sick days when I was little were fun!

Vanessa writes...

We pull out the "sick blanket." It's an old, thin bedspread covered in huge alphabet letters and animals, and it's oh-so-cozy with its mysterious healing properties... ;)

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