Sometimes I wonder how much more tired can I possibly get? My son has had a horrible cough for about four weeks now, to the point where he isn’t falling asleep until twelve one o’clock in the morning. I took him to the doctor with my daughter because she had also been sick, which turned out to be bronchial asthma, and our family doctor told me that their lungs were clear and they both had a cold.
My husband and I had purchased a humidifier for our daughter on the advice from the emergency doctor when I had taken her in and it did wonders for her but our son was still coughing. I was still sending him to school because I believed all he had was a cold and it would run it’s course and he would be fine. Well by this past Tuesday he was still coughing terribly even with the humidifier and his inhalers because he has asthma, so I called our family doctor and I got him an appointment for Wednesday afternoon although I kept him home from school on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Our doctor told me he had bronchitis and put him on antibiotics, which was great because at least now we knew what was going on and how to deal with it. So I kept him home from school Thursday and Friday because it takes 24 to 48 hours for the antibiotics to start working. In the meantime I’m not sleeping because everytime he coughs I wake up and I can’t fall asleep because he’s coughing uncontrollably. I also moved into his room, we have a spare bed in there, in case he couldn’t breathe and I had to rush him to emergency.
I don’t think I have ever been this tired but until he is better I can’t and won’t rest. Until he sleeps through the night, I’ll be awake and on the ready to care for him. When you have a child with health issues and special needs, he is autistic which adds a whole other dimension to caring for him, you do what ever you have to do to make sure that they are healthy and give whatever care you have to get them better. Even if it means giving up your comfort to move into their room and sit by their bedside until they fall asleep, just so they feel safe and loved.
Children are a gift and a blessing and I’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that they know that. Enjoy them.