Staley's first true illness in February provided us a few lessons in parenting a sick child. And, unfortunately, we've had to make good use of those lessons this week as Staley has been under the weather since Sunday. A fever, a raspy cough, and a hoarse voice have been accompanied by lethargy, sensitivity, and tears. She seems to be on the mend and a visit to Dr. Cross this morning revealed that her ears are infection-free, her lungs are clear, and there is nothing more that we can be doing for her. So we just have to keep employing are sick-child guidelines and praying for a speedy recovery.
The Sancken-Family Sick-Child Guidelines:
1. You do not have to eat your vegetables or any other non-preferred food. We just want you to eat. And if you subsist on fruit, crackers, and yogurt for a few days, we're fine with that.
2. Spending all day in your pajamas is totally acceptable.
3. Because baths are fun (and because we tell ourselves that Johnson's Vapor Bath is helpful), EVERY night is bath night.
4. The sick child chooses. So if you want to read 'Pinkalicious' 8 times in a row or wrap up in a blanket on the deck to watch the tractors working in our yard, there will be no argument.
5. We will dance you to sleep. You do not have to put yourself to sleep when you are sick.
6. We have no qualms about keeping you on a steady 3-hour rotation of Tylenol and Ibuprofin. If it keeps your fever down and makes you feel better, we're all for it.
7. The steam from the humidifier is fun to look at and touch, so we can pretend that the reason we keep it running non-stop is for your amusement.
8. You can watch the 'cow movie' (almost) as much as you want.
Being sick is no fun. Hopefully our guidelines make it a little better. And as much as Staley LOVES the special treat of watching her cow movie, she may think the price of not feeling well is worth it.