It all started with a simple trip in to see if she might have an ear infection. The poor girl has had a runny nose for a few days and randomly she's been crying out in pain. No fever, but my mama-gut told me to take her in and when your mama instinct tells you something, you listen. Right?
So, we went in. Checked ears, one is infected. Darn. Then the Doctor tried listening to her lungs, but the stethoscope made her scream, so she decided to she wanted to do a chest x-ray.
All I can say is that chest x-rays on a baby are basically torture. For an x-ray, you need to be perfectly still and so, they strap the baby into this weird plastic contraption super tightly. The baby must stay in, while multiple x-rays are taken and reviewed, to make sure the quality is good enough. A few minutes felt like an hour, while she cried and cried, looking at me, wondering why I wasn't doing anything.
What was originally supposed to be just a little check for an ear infection, turned into this big ordeal, talk of breathing treatments, talk of us having to stay home for a week (like not leave the house for 7 days) and multiple prescriptions. Her lungs are full of junk and while she doesn't have pneumonia right now, I'm supposed to watch her very carefully and bring her back in tomorrow.
While I was there, I was thinking about all of you Mamas who deal with this stuff on a regular basis. I've been lucky to never have to deal with anything more than a little ear infection here and there, normal flu and the normal colds that everyone gets. But, some of my Mama friends have way to much experience putting on a strong face, while their kids are miserable.
So, today I thought of you and how strong you are. I'm amazed at the courage that some of you have, to deal with hard medical stuff on a regular basis. Just one chest x-ray almost put me over the edge today, but it's nothing compared to what some of you deal with.
On Valentine's Day, I'm partnering with Lisa-Jo Baker and a bunch of other women. Together, we're forming a flash mob, to bless the Maubane Community in South Africa with enough money for a garden. That's all you guys, a garden. A garden that will continually change this community.
It's going to be a big LOVE FLASH MOB, because we aren't all that different. I'm a Mama who can't stand to see her baby hurting, and you're a Mama who also knows how that feels.
As strong women, we have the opportunity to make changes in our world. We do ordinary things and we do extraordinary things. On Friday, this is going to be one of those extraordinary things. Remember what a community of women can do together. In my opinion, I think that if anyone can make a big dent in the world for good, it's a bunch of strong women. Yes?
On Friday, I'll post more info about the way we're going to bless this community. For now, you can go here to learn more. I'm off to snuggle my baby.