Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kids and the Sickening Cycle of Sickness

Marley is sick. Again. For like, the third time in a month-and-a-half.

We wash our hands religiously. We disinfect like crazy. We take our vitamins. We juice carrots and kale every morning. And yet, sickness comes back to rain on our parade. Sometimes I feel like the days when she doesn't have a runny nose or a cough are an exception to the rules. A little break in the clouds of an otherwise overcast cycle of sickness.

Just yesterday morning, we had waited over an hour and a half in the doctor's office to hear the groundbreaking news that--WAIT FOR IT-- Marley has a COLD. No ear infection, no flu, no whooping cough, no lung infection. Just the common cold. Alas, it is a NEW cold, a different one from the last two she had. SUPER. It was recommended that we give her Tylenol, turn on the humidifier, and push fluids.

So glad I spent all morning exposing my child to scary viruses in the pediatrician's office to hear this shocking bit of advice.

Last night, after we put her to bed, Marley coughed so hard that she threw up. "Mommy, mommy, come look!" she yelled to me from her room. I walked in there to find some barf on her pillow.

"Mommy, I threw up!" shouted Marley, almost proudly. "I threw up like a BABY LION."

Now, I'm not sure where or when Marley witnessed a BABY LION throwing up, but she was pretty convincing. "Just like a BABY LION," she reiterated as Ian and I stripped the bed and threw the sheets in the washer.  Hmm. Yeah...good times!


  1. Awe gosh you had me rolling! I mean sorry at Marley's expense but I SO relate. Us to over here.

  2. Ha sorry you guys are dealing with icky sickness also! Sooner or later they will have to catch every brand of cold out there and develop some immunity, for goodness sakes!

  3. If I had a dollar every time I heard... Suction her nose and give her some Tylenol, I'd be a rich lady.

  4. I love your blog but is there any way to get your posts delivered to my inbox?

  5. Hi Bluebird! Thanks so much for your comment, glad you like my blog! Um, in regards to your question, I don't know! there must be a way though. I will look into it and get back to you!