Yes, I know, we haven’t kept up with our blog lately. We’ve had a tough two weeks.
On February 9, Jackson started vomiting, running a fever and getting clogged with mucus. Not pleasant. It’s hard when a little kid gets flem in their throat and snot in their nose because you can’t tell them to blow or cough it out.
Jackson had his first absences at Perlman. He had perfect attendance until last week.We took him to the doctor because pneumonia is the devil! And we want it to stay far, far away. The doctor told us it was just a head cold and his lungs were clear (yay!). Jackson slept most of the first week and appeared to be getting better until Sunday night when Mr. Fusspants-I’m-Inconsolable-And-I-Won’t-Stop-Crying-When-My-Parents-Are-Home came out.
He stopped taking naps, he wasn’t smiling and he became absolutely inconsolable in the evenings. Josh and I were beside ourselves with worry. We took him to the pediatrician, who couldn’t find anything wrong, which just increased our worry and began the train of horrible thoughts: Is it his brain? Is it the epilepsy? Should we take him to the ER? Can anyone fix it? Etc.
The stress was almost unbearable until we got a hold of neurology.
Now you’re thinking, “What could it be? What’s wrong with Jackson?”
The answer is so simple it’s hard to believe it caused us so much grief: Jackson is exhibiting typical behavior of a child getting over a sickness; he’s out of sorts, forgot how to calm himself down and should be back to normal soon.
We’ve seen improvement in him the past two days, with this evening being the best. He didn’t cry when we picked him up. He cracked a smile. Jackson became a little fussy earlier but he’s sleeping peacefully now.
I didn’t realize until I had a child of my own that being a parent is stressful! I didn’t realize until Jackson’s diagnosis that being a first-time parent to a special needs kid is especially stressful! This experience has made me appreciate my well-mannered, jovial little munchkin and I hope to have him back soon.