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I often have experiences that show me in extreme ways the benefits of Babywise principles. Last Thursday night was another one of those experiences.
Kaitlyn had a fever starting Wednesday night. We were watching her closely. She wasn’t eating well at all. She was very clingy and easily upset all day Thursday, which is extremely uncharacteristic of her. Right before bed Thursday night, her temperature jumped up to 105.9. I immediately called my parents and had them come over with Brayden while we took Kaitlyn to the Emergency Room.
Kaitlyn was not in good shape. Happily for us, one of our relatives is an ER doctor and he was working, so he took Kaitlyn as his patient and was very attentive. Poor Kaitlyn had to have her temperature checked rectally. She later had to have a catheter, and the girl doing it was not very good and had to reinsert it about five times before she finally got it. Kaitlyn shook in pain, but held still, cried, and just said “Ow!” (along with “need to go potty!”). When the girl was done, Kaitlyn told her thank you. The girl told Kaitlyn she was such a good girl and “awesome,” to which Kaitlyn faintly responded “yeah.” She asked every attendant, nurse, and doctor who walked in if she was all done and if she could go home.
I was so amazed by her. She was so polite and patient, even hours past her bedtime and sick. While waiting for test results, I held her and rocked her. She got to be heavy, so I rested my arm on the armrest and she meekly said, “again?” So I rocked her more and got her to fall asleep for about 15 minutes before she was woken up by a nurse. Before we left, she shook the hand of our doctor. Everyone was so amazed by how good and cute she was. She represented herself so well.
Don’t get me wrong, Kaitlyn cried. She was not happy to be at the hospital having these strange people to stranger things to her. But she responded to her parents when we told her that she needed to cooperate. She held still, opened her mouth wide, and did all she could to help the process. She was polite and kind. She trusted that her parents would do what was best for her, even if it wasn’t something she wanted to do. These are attributes that come from principles of Babywise. In my recent medical experiences with my children, it has been interesting to see them trust us when they are asked to do scary things. For their whole lives, we have done and required things of them that might not have been easy for anyone involved (like cry it out for example), but they have always been things that have benefited them in the long run. My children recognize that and trust us in the face of fear.
On a side note, I am really tired of the hospital! Between my pregnancy, Brayden’s surgery (pre-op, surgery, several post-op visits…), and the ER, I am there several times a week. I am hoping February brings with it fewer trips to the hospital!
Also, Kaitlyn is now doing well. By the next morning, despite 3 fewer hours of sleep that night, she woke up much better and much happier. By the next night, you never would have known she had ever been sick.