One out of every four children will be effected by sickness during the cold and flu season. That statistic doesn't make our household odds very good, now does it. With four kids, it seems one of them is always sick this time of year.
And right now, that kid is Chloe.
It came on so suddenly! She has been battling a runny nose for a few weeks now. But all of a sudden Chloe woke up last night with a terrible barking cough and fever. I gave her a drink, tucked her back into bed and it wasn't 20 minutes before she was again coming out of her room to tell me, 'It hurts really, really bad mom,' as she gripped her chest. This happened several times. As I laid down beside my little girl, I could hear her wheezing as she breathed. It scared me a bit, I have to admit.
I took her into the doctor first thing this morning only to find out that Chloe has the croup. By this point she sounded terrible and had all but lost her voice. She was feeling so badly that they gave her a shot of steroids in the thigh.
Now Chloe can be a bit dramatic. Well, actually, a lot dramatic. It was hard to hold a straight face as she limped down the hall of the doctor's office holding her leg and telling anyone that would listen, "my leg hurt really, really bad. My leg hurt hard!'
Needless to say, she's not feeling good today, but is thankfully resting now.
Oh how I wish it were me that were sick instead of her. I hate to see my children suffering, and would always wish to take their place if I could. Which brings my mind back to my Heavenly Father. Funny how the simplest of thoughts can bring us right back to Him. He loves us just as we love our children, only more. Hard to imagine, isn't it! How could anyone love us more than I love my own children...I love them to the ends of the earth. But because He is free of sin and He is perfect, He is able to love with a perfect love that can only come from Him. Now that is truly awesome. And He showed us that perfect love by sending His son to take our place on the cross. Talk about self sacrificial, agape love!
Today I pray that my Heavenly Father, who loves Chloe, his child, so much, will quickly bring her back to the place she was at as she walked in this field...
...happy, healthy and carefree.