I know every child is different but it really shows when you have three young children with three very different personalities. I’ve written about this before when they were doing an afternoon of decoupage. This time I’m observing how different they are when they are poorly.
I’ll start with Boo. She’s been really poorly a few times since they started back to school in September, she seems to catch everything that’s going around, but mostly ear, nose and throat infections. I was the same as a child and had a tonsillectomy by the time I was Boo’s age. When she’s poorly she’s very subdued and sleeps a lot. If not sleeping she’ll lie on the settee watching tv. She rarely complains, even if she’s being sick or in real pain. I tend to worry about her more because she doesn’t complain. I always know when she’s not feeling well because the first thing she’ll ask is for me to take her temperature.
Star, is not ill very often, which is probably a good job considering everything else she has to put up with. She has pain in her joints on a daily basis and her stomach problems would make an adult squirm, these things she deals with and just gets on with it. She’ll ask for painkillers or a wheat bag, or a rub if it’s her knees hurting, and that’s it. Oh, but it’s a different story if she has a cold or sore throat or similar, it’s like the world is ending. We have constant moaning and groaning, constant demands for drinks and hugs. We can’t leave her alone for two minutes, she needs lots of attention. I find it quite amusing really, and I do tend to humour her.
Finally we have the Little Man! Who quite refuses to be ill. One minute he can be throwing up all over the bathroom, then two minutes later he wants to play Minecraft or bake cupcakes. “I’m all better now Mummy” he’ll exclaim with his pasty face and burning temperature. Trying to get him to lie down and relax for more than five minutes is a nightmare. He has to be really, really poorly to rest at all. Thankfully, with all this daytime activity, he does sleep well at night now. At least his poor little body gets some chance to recover. He doesn’t get sick very often, today he’s off school, the first day off this year, and I mean since January! He was poorly during half term for a day though. He’s such a little whirlwind though, no time to get sick.