Don't you think it's odd how sometimes we can write a post every single day for weeks and then we have to go "AWOL" for a while. Sometimes we're just not able to write. Other times life interferes with work, children, grandchildren, trips, etc. For me it was grandchildren this week.
I've had two sick grandchildren this week but one in particular, Blake, has been in Children's Hospital for several days now. Blake is 12 and has a combination of symptoms that have completely perplexed his doctors. Today is the 12th day he's run fever. He has a very swollen lymph node in his neck as well as several smaller ones. He's having some joint swelling and a rash. He's thrown up a time or two but only when the fever gets high or he tries to take oral meds. They've tested him for everything from cat scratch fever to non-tuberculin micro bacteria! They've ruled out several things but ruled in nothing. And even now they say his strep test has been negative twice but it could still be that. If the non-tuberculin micro bacteria test is negative, it could still be that. It could be both bacterial and viral. It could be....bless their hearts they're trying but it's just not standing out as any one thing! Obviously he's pale and tired and weak and wants to go home.
What do grandparents do when grandchildren are sick? We worry. Because we have no control of the situation. Don't you hate that? When we were the parents we were the ones asking the questions, talking to the doctors, calling the nurses, holding the child's hands. Now we have to step aside and let their parents do all that even as we're chomping at the bit to do it ourselves. After all how can we trust those adults who once were our toddlers with sagging diapers, who picked up a Snickers off the parking lot and stuck it in their mouths, who started talking back about age 12.... It isn't that we haven't accepted them as adults a long time ago, it's just that we want to take it all back and say move aside, let Mama handle this. :)
But we can't handle it so we stitch. We sit quietly, try to keep our mouths shut, and stitch. This is what this grandmother is stitching on right now.