Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ear Infections and MMA Fighters

The season of sickness is upon us. My son's string of ear infections had us in the hospital while he received ear tubes. Going to the hospital can be pretty terrifying for little ones (not to mention the parents of little ones). As the day grew closer along with a persistent fever and surgery preparations, I felt the very primal mother who hides just beneath the surface, wanting to break free and pounce on anyone and everyone like the most savage MMA fighter. The thought of my sick, little man sedated and away from me was about to be too much. Was I dramatic? You bet! When our babies are sick, everything feels dramatic!

Instead of going momma crazy, we discussed the procedure beforehand, but not a lot, because I didn't want to scare him. We also read Little Critter: My Trip to the Hospital. Maybe this sounds over-the-top, but it did seem to ease a few of his fears, so why not? And the story actually calmed my nerves some, too, so a doubly why not?

In case you were wondering, the procedure went well. I do believe the story helped along with some major praying.

I hope your little guys and gals can stay healthy this winter, but if you do find yourself making doctor appointments or hospital visits, do your best to keep calm, pray, and you might just think about picking up a few stories.

Books to Read:
1. Curious George Goes to the Hospital by Margret & H. A. Rey
2. Good-bye Tonsils! by Craig Hatkoff
3. Little Critter: My Trip to the Hospital by Mercer Mayer
4. Franklin Goes to the Hospital by Paulette Baurgeois