Sometimes I think as parents we second guess our gut way too much. But really one stray thought is all it takes, and
those awful second thoughts creep into your head, and take over your natural instinct to respond to the situation.
Things have been pretty busy here in Our Vegas household. Squishy is struggling with his Asthma. I will tell you there is not much worse than watching your baby struggle to breathe.
We are now giving him preventive medicine, and he has a new inhaler. I thought it was working well, but this morning he woke up in a fit of coughs, struggling for each breath. Thankfully his rescue inhaler works well.
With the hubs deployed, sometimes this can be just a bit overwhelming. All the decisions are mine to make. All the calls have to be made by me. Yes, I have my SIL here – and she is a
great amazing help, but she isn’t Squishy’s parent.
And I can’t imagine the reverse. How my hubs must feel being deployed and not able to be here to help comfort his baby. It breaks my heart to think about that.
If these deployments have taught me anything it is:
- how much I love and appreciate my husband.
- how important it is to trust your instincts.
I know my toddler seems to get sick more often then others. It can be really frustrating when people say “Wow, he gets sick a lot.” I usually just smile and nod, but I want to say, “Really, you know I wasn’t aware, thanks for reminding me!”
And I worry about giving him his inhaler/any meds without first talking/seeing the Doctor first.
I worry about taking him into the Doctor’s office all the time. I don’t want to be labeled as “That Mom”.
So when Squishy woke up having issues breathing, I went ahead and gave him his inhaler right away. Then when it didn’t seem to work, I called my mom for advice. (Moms really are the best!). She reminded me to listen to my gut, and if he was still wheezing after an inhaler, we probably should go in.
When we got there – despite having his inhaler not 1.5 hours earlier, his oxygen level was only 92%. (And yet, he was still trying to play and talk to the doctor…)
The Doctor looked at me, after listening to Squishy’s lungs and said, “You know I am really happy you gave him his inhaler before you came in. You handled it just right. I can’t imagine how bad this would have been if you hadn’t done that.”
I wish more Doctor’s would say that to parents. Tell them they handled the situation exactly perfect. Reassure them they did the right thing. Especially first time parents.
We need to remember to trust our instincts more, and second guess ourselves less.
Now – anyone know how exactly to do that?
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