Your baby’s first sick day is never exciting or fun. It’s actually quite frightening. Yesterday I took Annabelle to the doctor after we had another night of screaming and inconsolable crying. We were going on day 3 of strange behavior and sleepless nights. Even though she didn’t have a fever, B and I just knew that there had to be a reason she was waking up out of a sound sleep so miserable.
Our baby’s first sick day doctor visit
The doctor didn’t see anything visibly wrong with her (we were counting on an easy-to-treat ear infection), but was worried about the way she had been acting. She said she had to draw her blood to check for infection. Watching your little one get her finger pricked and then squeezed over and over again so they could fill a tube with blood is no fun. Annabelle stared at the nurse and cried and cried as if saying, “Why are you doing this to me?”
The blood work came back almost immediately with high levels of infection, so the doctor worried she may have a bladder infection. Apparently bladder infections are common in little girls, but the only way to find out if she had one would be to get a urine sample by using a catheter. This was worse than the nurse taking her blood. I cried and she cried and the doctor apologized over and over again for having to hurt her.
Of course the initial urine culture came back negative for infection, so now we have to wait until Monday to see if she in fact has a bladder infection. If she doesn’t, then she just has a virus of some sort and they can’t give her anything to feel better.
This is our first experience with Annabelle being sick and I know it won’t be our last. While I am grateful that she isn’t suffering from a fever, runny/stuffy nose, vomiting, or a cough, I hate that we can’t see what is making her feel so bad. The unknown is frightening and I pray that this virus goes away soon. Yesterday I spent the entire afternoon cozied up with her on the couch. I kissed her and hugged her and rocked her until she fell fast asleep. It was all that I could really do for her though.
I remember being sick when I was little – sick meant staying home from school and getting to watch cartoons all day long. It meant eating pastina and toast for lunch, and Italian Ice for dessert. If my belly was sick, then it was ginger ale and saltines. All of these things made me feel better… and I couldn’t do any of them for Annabelle since she is just a baby. I just worry so much that I am not doing enough for her.
It made me wonder… As parents of a sick baby, what can we do to make our little ones feel better so we don’t feel helpless?