I have endured three weeks with the most clingy child in the world. Elsa has literally been following me around the house for 3 weeks straight. There have been small improvements in her attachment phase, like when I sometimes get to go to the bathroom without her by my side. This was all very annoying until we took a little trip to the ER and I found out why Elsa has been such a cling-on.
Elsa has contracted a virus that 4-year-olds are never supposed to get.
Here are her symptoms:
1. Constant fever – getting as high as 104 degrees
2. Sore neck
4. Stomach ache
Recently a good friend of ours lost their baby granddaughter to Bacterial Meningitis. It is because of this tragedy that Chris and I have not only learned a lot about Meningitis, but we have this horrible illness on our brain.
We thought that maybe Elsa had Meningitis. It was Saturday night and Chris and I had been looking forward to going to see the Woody Allen Rome movie and go out to dinner with our friends. Instead, poor Elsa and I were sitting in the ER waiting room with screaming children, bloody feet and people hacking up a lung.
I told Elsa we were going to the hospital. I told her to get dressed. She came down in her best dress. In Elsa’s world, there is never an excuse to not look your best.
The nurses ruled out Meningitis right away. They ordered Elsa a chest x-ray, a urine sample and blood tests. Elsa let out one cry when the needle went through her tiny vein and then sat there stoically for 5 minutes while her blood filled two vials. An hour and a half later we had our answer.
Mono. The kissing disease. Who is she kissing at the gym play center? Mono is only passed through saliva and Elsa is not one to put things in her mouth. How she contracted Mono will forever be a mystery. I was glad I took her to the hospital because the pediatrician wouldn’t have diagnosed her with Mono since it is so rare.
The nurses said that they have never seen a case of mono in a child so young. Elsa and I felt so special. For the next month she will probably not feel very well. She also has an enlarged spleen and liver so she needs to have limited physical activity to prevent her from rupturing one of these organs.
Elsa knows that she is sick and she makes sure we all are reminded of her delicate state. If I get mad at her about something she gets this cry voice on and says “mommy, you aren’t being nice to me and I DON’T FEEL GOOD!” It works.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.