Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Mother Knows Best
Our family was hit hard with sickness this winter. I've been racking my brain trying to figure out why. We are never sick! I have prided myself with the fact that we are a healthy family and I don't think it's just luck. I have always believed that breastfeeding my kids has been a major factor as to why they are healthy. Stephen and Will nursed for a year..Hannah almost two...Griffy at 8 months..still going strong. I also don't medicate my kids at first sight of sickness. I think we are an overmedicated society as it is and if we all just ate better, excercised more and got some fresh air maybe we'd all be a bit more healthier. If someone comes home from school complaining of a headache...have a glass of water and talk to me in a half an hour.
When the H1N1 vaccine came out, my pediatricain encouraged me to give it to my kids. I was very apprehensive. I'm on the fence when it comes to many of the vaccines out there right now anyway. Stephen and Hannah both ended up getting the vaccine...leaving the doctors office that day I felt like I had caved. Will and Griffin did not get the vaccine. Stephen and Hannah both got sick within 2 weeks of receiving the vaccine. Will got sick but not as bad as the other kids. Griffy got VERY sick. One morning this past winter we actually ended up in the ambulance because he was coughing so bad that he stopped breathing for a bit. After hours in the Pediatric ER, he was admitted with RSV, a respiratory virus. A few hours later I asked the oncall doctor to discharge us and she did, knowing that we'd get a better nights sleep at home. Sometimes a Mother just knows best and I feel that night I knew what was best for my baby.
The past few days have been heavenly...the warm sun, blue skies...oh, am I praying this sickly winter is behind us and healthier days are ahead. After this winter I don't think I'll ever take good health for granted again.
* On another note....I've been sugar-free for 3 weeks so far and I have to say, not only do I feel great, lost about 5 pounds, but it hasn't been terribly hard. I've still been baking cookies and cakes and breads for the kids and I don't even lick the bowl!