I’m about to get a little bit mushy on you.
Claire was sick on Sunday. She’d been a little under the weather, fighting a minor cough that had her barking and fussy in the middle of the nights, but she’d been coping. As an aside, part of me thinks its allergies, while the other part of my just thinks… well… I don’t want to speculate to wildly so I’ll just leave it at that.
But then Sunday she was really sick. Tossing, grumpy, headachy.
And in retrospect, having played outside and played hard for the whole of Saturday, playing host to the neighbor kids and climbing back and forth through her new fence hole-portal countless times, running, chasing, digging in the dirt for worms, and all that fun stuff, I’ll go out on a limb here and suggest it was probably a touch of heat stroke. If she at all takes after her dad — poor girl — she’ll deal with a mild intolerance for warm weather for the rest of her life. (It’s only May and I’ve already had one round!)
So, she was really sick. Crashingly sick. Tossing, resting, not eating, and tossing some more. Not fun, no matter how you look at it.
I’ll brag here: I stepped up. Yeah, I went out for a quick run in the morning and left her with her mom (and visiting grandparents) but then I got back, rinsed off, and settled into a quiet and relaxing day with my sick little daughter cuddled up with me for a solid three or four hours. We parked on the couch in the cooler part of the house, read stories, had an epic dose of quiet time, and even had a long nap, her legs draped across my lap and my head lolling back into the cushions.
By the time our little sick-siesta was over, she was strong enough to scarf a bowl of Shreddies, and we even went out to the playground for a while before dinner (where she ate half a hamburger with no ill effects.)
She went to bed a little earlier than normal — of course — and I settled down for a chance to put my feet up for the evening. And you know what… she actually hopped out of bed and came into the living room to thank me. That’s right: “Daddy, thank you for looking after me today.”