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Last night, washed up in A&E like shipwrecked people. Holding on to our son's burning body, inhabiting a narrow bed like it was a raft.

The beginning was harrowing. Negotiating the hospital corridors with my burning-wheezing child, his face streaming with snot and tears. He hated everything - people who tried to measure his temperature or his pulse, the nebuliser most of all. It took all my strength to hold him while he manfully struggled and thrashed and cried and cried and most heartbreakingly of all started doing piteous baby babbling.

But then things got better and then the adrenaline ran out and I stopped being AllPowerfulFierceMother and the tiredness hit and swept me under like a wave.

Today things are much better. He seems perkier and friendlier, interested in food and play. He still sounds distinctly seal-like although at least Z and I have taught him to clap while going 'Arr Arrr'. Step 2: teaching him how to balance a colourful ball on his nose.

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ultraruby
Apr. 1st, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
Oh! Thank goodness he's ok! What a horrible thing to go through, though, for all of you. I hope you're doing ok now. x
rainsinger
Apr. 2nd, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
He's playing and pretending like nothing ever happened. Bless medical innovations and the bounciness of the young.
hoshuteki
Apr. 1st, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)
Jolly good! I'm glad today is much better.
rainsinger
Apr. 2nd, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Me too. I think I can live satisfied without hearing him wheezing again.
strange_powers
Apr. 1st, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
Rebranding your child - good sense in today's market, well done.

Glad he's okay! x
rainsinger
Apr. 2nd, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Yes, it is best to branch out in these uncertain times.
todayiamadaisy
Apr. 1st, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad he's on the mend.

Seal skills will always come in useful - if you teach him to catch fish, he'll be handy on camping trips. :-)
rainsinger
Apr. 2nd, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
My secret plan is to teach him how to beg for fish and then take it off him and have a barbecue.
smallblakflower
Apr. 1st, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Glad things have turned out ok. Adoring the seal training- turning every eventuality of childhood into a marketable skill is an excellent child rearing tactic and one which I feel more people should embrace.
rainsinger
Apr. 2nd, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
Me too. It would be nice if there was a playgroup for that.
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