An All Nighter!

@Morleyhunt (20415)
Canada
January 31, 2016 5:07am CST
Our three year old granddaughter is visiting for ten days while her mommy and daddy relax on a tropical island. When she was dropped off on Friday afternoon, we were warned that she seemed to have a cough and a runny nose. Long before supper I knew that this clinging child was really not feeling well. The toys were still in the toy box, the books were still on the shelf, even her precious dollies were still tucked in their cradle. After supper we dosed her with some Tylenol, to bring down her fever and put some Vapo-Rub on her feet for the cough. Then we went through all of her nighttime routines before tucking her into bed. It was an hour later, she was crying. I comforted her, half an hour later, she was crying again. This continued until bedtime (mine). The decision to spend the night in bed with her was an easy one to make. It was a much interrupted sleep. Yesterday, the princess was much better, playing with her dollies and getting a few toys out of the toy box. Still not 100%, but definitely on the mend. We tucked her into bed (hoping for the best). Hurray! She slept all night. This means I awoke feeling rested. I slept all night as well.
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@dodo19 (33316)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
31 Jan 16
It's never easy when the kids are sick. My kids were sick recently, and it was hard to see them out of it. But such is life. They're going to get sick at some point. I'm glad to hear that she's feeling better.
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
It was poor timing, but she is close to normal again this morning.
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@Platespinner (17047)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
31 Jan 16
Glad little miss is feeling better and that you got a good night's sleep!
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
Now if we could only convince the other member of the household to go to bed on time.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
31 Jan 16
@Morleyhunt Give him break, he wants to enjoy his second childhood (and make sure he doesn't miss anything)..
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
@Platespinner okay, tonight I might just go to bed and let him figure out his own socks.
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@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
31 Jan 16
That's bad luck that they dropped a sick kid on you and then left the country.
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
They have had this vacation planned for six months. It's unfortunate that the little miss was coming down with a cold. My daughter was in a serious car accident (I wrote about it in I'm Distracted) just two days before leaving. She really needs this week to recuperate.
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@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
31 Jan 16
@Morleyhunt I hope it's safe for her to travel so soon after an accident. And that little princess perks up again soon.
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
31 Jan 16
@Morleyhunt Kids pick up colds so easily. Hope your daughter mends well
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
I am sure she will be feeling top notch in no time. Have fun.
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
Today she is much more herself. Now we are waiting for her appetite to return.
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
@Morleyhunt Three year old appetites can vary so much without being sick!
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
1 Feb 16
@paigea she's been miss picky about her food. I'm mean. If you don't eat your breakfast...no snacks. Same deal if you won't eat your lunch or supper. We have been getting lots of fluids into her so I know she'll be fine.
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Jan 16
So ujnds like you did a great job of Grandmothering your little granddaughter hope she stays well now Its so hard to see a little one get sick.w
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
It is much easier to have her healthy. We have many appointments to take Opa to this week. I can't imagine dragging a sick child everywhere we need to go.
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Jan 16
@Morleyhunt yes indeed its very hard to drag sick chld around any where
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@softbabe44 (5899)
• Vancouver, Washington
31 Jan 16
I hope they appreciate everything you do its great that you would do this for them.
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
I think this daughter and son inlaw do.
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@DianneN (82436)
• United States
31 Jan 16
We've had the grandkids with a variety of ailments. It is natural to worry and do everything possible to make them feel better. I feel your relief!
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
She was so unhappy on Friday night, it was relief when she was feeling better and in a better frame of mind.
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@andriaperry (56559)
• United States
31 Jan 16
Poor baby! I do understand as we have been sick here too.
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
Being sick is no fun, for anyone.
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@garymarsh6 (14408)
• United Kingdom
31 Jan 16
OH dear poor little poppet. I am pleased to hear that she is feeling slightly better and hope it has not gone for good!
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
This morning the nose is much better. A bit of a cough, but otherwise, happy.
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• Canada
31 Jan 16
The yuckies seem to be going around. Glad she seems to be on the mend.
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
Friday night was not fun. Today she's almost back to normal.
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@gudheart (12742)
31 Jan 16
My 2 year old niece a bad cold all week but luckily improving now. But I have got it now !!
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
Hope you feel better soon.
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@amnabas (10310)
• Karachi, Pakistan
31 Jan 16
Wow you are a great grand mother baby sitting such a small grand daughter.
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
I have her for a sleepover one night a week. We both look forward to that day.
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@irishidid (8714)
• United States
31 Jan 16
Poor little thing. It's tough when they're sick. We do the Vapo-Rub on the feet too, it really does work!
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
There are some who have assured me that it doesn't work, but we have had dramatic success. There are many more potentially dangerous game remedies people are willing to try.
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@marlina (76705)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
Glad that your little one is feeling much better right now and that she will be there for a while. I hope that her parents realize how lucky they are to have you!
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
Other than a sporadic cough and some sneezing that demands instant response, she's back to normal.
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@JudyEv (130542)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Jan 16
It can be a very long night when a child is not well. Glad she's on the mend now.
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
The happy smile makes a sleepless night worthwhile.
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@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
31 Jan 16
I wonder how the parents can relax when they know that their kid is sick! Hope that your grandchild recovers fully soon.
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
She just seemed to have a cold when they left her with me. They will not know just how sick she was until after they return. I want them to enjoy their time away..my daughter also needs some recovery time from the car accident she was involved in on Thursday.
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• Philippines
31 Jan 16
Glad she is better and that you were able to rest too.
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
We are very happy that she seems back in good health this morning.
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@Elizaby (3830)
• Pensacola, Florida
1 Feb 16
Understandable as it is hard for such a young child to be ill and away from her parents, but sounds like she is feeling better and adjusting
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
1 Feb 16
Spending time with grandma is a weekly occurrence. She refers to my guest room as her room. Thankfully she is recovering quickly from her fever and congestion.
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@Lucky15 (33718)
• Philippines
31 Jan 16
Hope she will be much better soon
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
1 Feb 16
She was feeling much better today. Tomorrow we are running her Opa to appointments so I need her to be healthy.
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
31 Jan 16
Sorry she has been ill. glad you both slept
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@Morleyhunt (20415)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
It is a maxing what a good nights sleep does for grandma. She is more patient, more creative, more tolerant....less irritable (it wouldn't let me post the word I really wanted to use)...
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