Is there anything more difficult to handle than when all of your kids get sick at the same time? Maybe: not only are our kids all sick, but we’re both sick too. It’s “just a cold”, but I haven’t been sick in bed for two days since, well, I don’t even remember when.
G-, our 4yo, has conjunctivitis and both of his ears are inflamed with infection, and even the baby has picked up a deep cough. But when you stand at the pharmacy and look at modern medicines, it becomes clear – to me, at least – that medicine is more about suppressing symptoms than in helping heal.
So we’ve been having lots of long, hot herbal baths, loading up on vitamins, and sleeping as much as we can, and it’s helping, though progress is slower than I’d like: I’m on day four of being sick and while I can tell I’m getting better, I want to be completely well now, not tomorrow or the next day!
The real blessing of all this, though, is to see how creating a warm and loving family creates children that can roll pretty remarkably well with illness and even when they feel miserable, for them to be wanting to be engaged, wanting to do something that’ll be fun and take their minds off of everything. It’s the key ingredient to any family that can survive the tough times: love and humor. With, perhaps, an emphasis on the humor.