Livi hasn’t been doing so well the last few days. She’s been feeling under the weather and all she wants is to be held by mommy or daddy. She even ignores the snacks and books that normally excite her. My little girl, who always has so much energy and is usually all over the place, now only knows one place she wants to be, in our arms.
Yesterday afternoon she got a fever so we are off to the doctor’s office this morning to make sure she has nothing serious that needs more than love to get her through and over it.
It’s so hard when they can’t tell you what’s wrong and how they are feeling. Sure, I can usually tell when she’s not feeling well as she gets very fussy and clingy but I still don’t know how she is feeling.
Livi now understands the concept of the “Owie,” at least when she hurts herself. She usually comes running up to me and makes sure I know that she did something. Waving a hurt finger in my face or pointing vigorously while yelling “Owie, Owie” at least a hundred times is her way of getting my attention.
But when it comes to being sick, I am not sure she’s making the connection yet. I’ve been asking her several times over the last few days if she has an “Owie” with differing results every time.
When our children are sick, we suffer with them. Our days tend to be longer, the nights less restful, and often we get sick ourselves when things are finally looking up for the little one.
But what gets me the most, is the guessing game. Is it something serious or will rest and extra attention be enough this time? Is she in pain or just uncomfortable?
It is frustrating and not just for me. I can tell that Livi wants to let us know but simply can’t do it just yet.
What do you do when trying to find out what’s going on and your toddler can’t put into words what (s)he wants to share? Do you have any tips or tricks?