Saturday, January 15, 2011

An Ode to Sickness

My husband and I were struck by an awful stomach bug the last two weeks. It wasn't the flu but minus the muscle aches and fever, it seemed to be just as vicious. I was sick for a couple of days and under the weather for several more. Despite my best efforts to keep everyone else from catching it (i.e. frequent bathroom sanitizations), my hardworking husband came home from work feeling ill on Friday and followed my pattern, sick for a couple of days and under the weather for a few more.

With both of us down for the count, I thought for sure Snugglebug would catch it. I didn't look forward to that. But, to my surprise, he never caught the horrible bug! He just kept plugging along. He was a bit upset that Daddy was home and spent the entire day in bed. He didn't understand why with all of us home, we weren't playing chase, catch, etc. On the upside, he got to watch a LOT of TV (A rare thing for him, since we are on the go so much that when we are home, I limit his TV consumption.) Everything in moderation!

I shouldn't have been surprised that my child never caught the bug. He has an astounding immune system. In his almost 3 years, he has had only one ear infection, one stomach bug, and three bouts of bronchitis. Bronchitis is an annual event.

Despite the fact that we visit 6 specialists for a variety of health issues, his immune system is a feat of nature! While I seem to catch every bug that goes around and currently have a head cold, he seems to avoid these germs with ease. If I could bottle his immunities and sell them, I'd be rich!

I'm very grateful that he is so healthy. It is one of the blessings that I have overlooked these last three years. In all my frustration of dealing with digestive issues, sight issues, hearing issues, and so many other issues, that I forget just how little we see the doctor. Well, the pediatrician that is.

Sometimes it is hard to see the trees for the forest. It can be quite overwhelming to try to find your way through a forest when you really only have to navigate one tree at a time.

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