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Talking it over - When children get sick

There is something very heart-breaking about seeing a tiny child lying in a hospital bed. They are so confused about where they are and why they are there and dislike the treatment, that usually is not very pleasant for them.

Early this week our little granddaughter, Josie, 22 months old, became very sick. A trip to the clinic confirmed pneumonia and she was admitted to the hospital. She was so very sick and just layed on her mothers lap sleeping off and on. She was also confused about where she was and why all these tubes and needles where connected to her tiny body.

Once she was settled in her room and the IV's were all put in, her grandpa and I stopped in to see her. She is usually very enthused to come to usa and she did make some effort to do that, but in the end was simply too weak and exhausted to do much but cling to her mommy. It was so hard to watch so wecut the visit short and brought her sister, Jaedyn, home for the night so mommy and daddy could stay with her.

The next morning, Valentine's Day, Jaedyn and I picked up some balloons and stopped up to see her. To our relief, she was much better and happy to see the balloons and her sister. This time she asked if she could come to grandmas house and I happily said "soon." She still has some healing to go but we are confident she will bounce back quickly.

It is strange to see a tiny, vibrant person change so quickly when illness hits. I can't imagine what parents and grandparents of critically ill children must go through as they spend countless days and nights with those tiny people lying in hospital beds. The resting time is much better than the tests, procedures and treatments that are needed to make them better and it is very hard to make them understand that.

Thankfully our little Josie is on the mend and we all have a better appreciation for medicine, doctors, nurses and hospitals. We also have a place in our hearts for those children and parents who spend more than just a day or two in hospital rooms and even more so for the tiny people who may not be able to return home.