Both baby and I are sick with a cold. It’s nothing super debilitating – body aches, mild fevers, snot for days, and bring on the Cranky with a capital ‘C’ (me, mostly. Just ask hubby). While we are certainly not enjoying ourselves on this Superbowl Sunday, just dealing with these few days of a mildly sick baby makes me incredibly thankful that we have been fortunate enough to have a largely healthy kiddo.
The small inconvenience it is to support a healthy child with a normal illness is truly nothing compared to the challenges faced by a few local families, such as the Palethorpes. Lina Palethorpe is an amazing little girl dealing with her 8th round of chemotherapy to treat a para-spinal neuroblastoma tumor. I follow their blog with wonderment and awe at the strength and resolve that her parents demonstrate. While I have to contend with snotty noses, bad tasting baby Tylenol, soother sneezes and restless sleep, the Palethorpes are coping with chemotherapy, MRI scans, tumour boards, and endless trips from Squamish to the city (heck even one trip to the city with B exhausts us into hibernation for a few days, I can’t imagine doing it over and over).
They are now working on a fundraising effort for potential out-of-country medical costs. Adorable hair bows, bracelets, beanie hats and Leggings for Lina can be purchased from their website. We will be purchasing some of these irresistible leggings (one size fits most!) - perfect for the crisp wintery-springish days we have been having lately.
So each time I wipe another snotty nose, each time I soothe red-puffy eyes, each time I am up tonight checking *just to make sure*, I’ll give thanks it is just a cold, and hope that one day Lina and her family can say the same.