When Avery was sick as a baby, I used to look forward to her being old enough to communicate what she was feeling. I thought that when she was able to tell us where it hurt, and what it felt like, I would be able to relax a little bit, and not worry every single time she was sick with anything, “Is it her shunt??” Even when I didn’t say it out loud, it was in the back of my mind every time. Of course, it has never helped that Avery has a tendency to throw up no matter what she’s sick with!
Avery has been sick the past couple of days. With some sort of virus. Almost definitely the same one her brothers had last week. But the other thing with Avery is that the same virus that might make you feel queasy, absolutely knocks her out. It’s not that she gets sick more often than the rest of us, but when she gets sick, she really gets sick.
She has barely moved from her spot on the couch in the past two days. She slept most of the time, and when she wasn’t sleeping, she wouldn’t sit up or eat or drink anything. Thankfully, this afternoon she did regain a little of her colour, and she actually requested some food, so I think tomorrow will be a better day. She talked to Grandma on the phone for an hour or so yesterday afternoon, and that seemed to help her feel a little better! She is sleeping with her leg splints on tonight, because she hasn’t used her legs at all in a couple of days, and her CP muscles are very good at taking advantage of inactivity and tightening up. So hopefully having her legs straight tonight will help reduce any tightness or soreness tomorrow.
I do not know why Avery gets hit harder than the rest of us. I do not know whether it is related at all to her underlying conditions. Maybe she would be the same way even if she had been born completely healthy. I am curious though… Is your special needs child affected more severely by sickness than your other kids?