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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Have you ever been a bad bad mummy?

Sharing a story - ? By this I do not mean that you forgot your son/daughters lunch money (though that has happened)...

By this I do not mean that you forgot your son/daughters lunch money (though that has happened).

I do not mean you told them that they couldn't go play with the chicken pox infested kids next door (though I think that has happened also).

Nor do I mean that you told them they couldn't have Maccas two days in a row (I definitely have told them this).

I mean those little moments when you did something that caused them physical harm and yes could have led to a Hospital visit.

I shall explain... When my youngest was about 5 she suffered a little with Asthma (you don't need me to do a link) as you all know what that is.

She suffered from coughing more so than the 'wheezing' type (thankfully).

One night in mid winter I had put a vaporiser in her room (do I need a link? - no I shall explain) It's a plastic box that you fill with water and in the container that half immerses into the water and the top stands up off the container..oh hell I'm putting the link clean-vaporizers-800x800.jpg ...one of those things.

In the middle of the morning, when not a creature was stirring not even a mouse (no it was Winter..Santa comes in Summer) a cold and very tired mummy (PLEASE) keep that in mind as you read further, tip-toed into her baby's room to give her some mummy hugs & cough medicine as she was coughing very badly.

It was dark so I left the light on from the passageway as to not disturb her sleep too much, then carefully poured out the 10ml of cough medicine I had sitting on her bedside table.

"Cough Cough" then louder "Arggghhhh Mum" her beautiful little face screwed up and holding her throat.

"What is it sweety"??

"Tell mummy"?

"You had it before and it was ok"?

"Mummy", coughing and now tears flowing. "It's burning".

I raced to the bedroom light (bugger the sleep) to find that I had given her 10 ml of Eucalyptus oil... yes you guessed it the stuff that goes into the Vaporiser.

PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!

"OMG what did I do, what have I done"???

I raced to the phone and called the Hospital spluttering that I have tried to accidentally kill my child...my baby...with long blonde her to her waist".

"Calm down take a deep breath, she will be ok" the Nurse on the other end advised.

"Just give her some milk and keep an eye on her for 30 minutes. If you only administered 10ml, the milk will work, she will be ok, trust me" her calming voice replied.

"MILK"? "But surely I have burned her oesophagus,YES ...YES it was only 10ml, I didn't administer it on purpose, it was dark, I've POISONED MY BABY"? (Mummy now crying along with daughter).

http://txfx.net/2005/10/20/in-case-of-poison-ingestion-drink-milk/

"No...no you haven't, if you're still worried you can bring her in to be checked out".

After we had both calmed down (ok after I had calmed down) and had hung up the phone,I looked upon my poor sweet, angelic baby girl and hugged her tight.

"I am sooo sorry, it was an accident" I blubbered.

Pic Courtesy of Google & www.sheknows.com

To this day this story is brought up and strangely we have a laugh..with a slight dig to my ribs...

Have you done anything like this?



About the Writer

I am the Author of The Empty Nest- A Mother's Hidden Grief. (EPub) This is available through Lulu and Amazon. The memoir is the story of my life as a mother, with an emphasis on the unspoken grief, which accompanies the process of letting go of one’s children as they grow up. As much as a mother loves her children, she must endure, at many stages of their growth, the pain of losing them. The inevitable “cutting of the ties” culminates when the day arrives for her children to leave home. For many women, this time coincides with profound personal changes of menopause and fiftieth birthdays. My own recent experience of this process prompted me to revisit my life as a mother, and to delve into the journals which I had kept since I was pregnant with my two daughters, some twenty years ago. The journals reveal the learning curves of motherhood and I was able to use this material to form both the chronological backbone of the memoir, and to expose the “heart” of the story in the touching and personal moments that I had recorded. Here are the links if you are interested. http://www.lulu.com/shop/j-m-kadane/the-empty-nest-a-mothers-hidden-grief/ebook/product-20361003.html https://www.amazon.com/author/jmkadane
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