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To Sleep is To Dream

By Geniene P. (Contact)

Published March 24, 2009

As you may have read, two weeks ago my daughter and I had an adventure at Akron Children's Hospital (ACH).  There was a good week of nights where I was up 2-4 times a night before our experience at ACH.  Since then, my child came down with a double ear infection (another visit to ACH yesterday) and my sleep has been sporadic.  I jump at every cough or cry like a resident jumping to a page when trying to get a couple hours of sleep at a hospital.  This has just been a season of virus after virus since January.  All the children at her daycare are getting sick and a legion of blurry eyed parents are roaming the streets of our area (be forewarned).

I haven't had this many nights of limited hours of sleep since college.  It is a wonder any of us graduate with all the distractions to keep us from sleeping in those days?  I'm also amazed at anyone who manages to keep a spotless house with a sick child, too.  My attitude?  Child first, sleep second, housekeeping third.  Some dust and lack of organization has never been a child's main memory of their early years.  However, knowing that one's parent was there for them, holding them in their arms as they fought off a fever or a cough can create a lasting impression.

I have been told that every child goes through this phase of one virus after another.  Studies show that children in daycare are healthier when they get to grade school and I can see why.  I would rather have my child exposed to all of these germs, build up her immune system and be healthy for grade school than go through all of this when her studies are more important. 

As for me?  I realize that there will always be something in her life to keep me awake at one time or another.  Yet, I do longingly remember those distant days when I could just "veg" on the couch, watch a John Hughes (Sixteen Candles) or Gen X/80's movie while talking to my friends about our jobs and date du jour.  That little fantasy-memory doesn't last long because "Mama!" usually breaks me from my spell and I roll out of bed to cuddle with my daughter who tells me "hold me" as we spoon and I remember that this is my new dream-fantasy.


1teddybear6(39 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm sorry your daughter has been so sick. But it will get bettter. Cherish these times. As a mother of a teenager I long for the days when I could hug and hold my son. Now I'm lucky to chat with him as he passes me going from the kitchen to his bedroom. I know, this phase too shall pass

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2maggiebrown(2 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

I can totally sympathize! College certainly doesn't prepare us for the drama having precious kids brings us. My daughter learned this great program in daycare called Germy Wormy Germ Awareness for Germ Transportation Vehicles ages 2 -7. It is a mom-invented and drug-free way to teach kids how to both avoid AND keep from spreading germs. Now she no longer brings so many germs home, and we don't play the "pass the germs" game anymore! Tell your daycare provider about it!


Give kids a PLACE to give their germs to, instead of YOU!

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

A child coming down with one infection after another is not the norm. Perhaps they should disinfect the daycare center.

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4projectgeniene(87 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

Stan, seriously, do you have any little children or know anyone with little children? What you have stated is just so utterly clueless about children and their immune systems. I work somewhere with a daycare and it is the norm when children are around other children (whether it be daycare, siblings or playdates) that they pick up any germ that is around. Don't forget, toddlers don't sit at a sink and wash their hands for 30 seconds or have their own anti-bacterial gel in their pockets (which isn't healthy to have anyway).

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

I didn't have infection problems with my children. Did we overdo the hygene bit? Too many infections indicate a problem with exposure.A diverse regimen of pathogens at the daycare center would be of suspect for me.

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