What childhood illness do you remember? How did you feel about it?
I remember when I was about 8 or 9 years old I got pneumonia. It seemed like every winter I was always sick with tonsillitis, but it felt different that time, I could tell I was really sick. But I was a middle child and not one to be pushy to get attention, there were 3 older children and a toddler for mom to keep track of. So I think it just took my mom a while to notice just how sick I really was! They rushed me to the doctor and I was immediately admitted to the hospital.
When I say "rushed" I mean we drove 25 miles to the next closest town where the doctor and hospital was. Of course mom felt really bad that she let me get so sick and she made sure I was OK, but she eventually had to go back home to take care of the rest of the family. This was the first time ever I was left all alone. I felt so abandoned, at least when my parents left me before I had a baby sitter or my older sister around. But this time I felt so alone! The hospital bed had a button to call the nurse and I'm sure I wore her out calling her so often to ask when my mom was coming back.
After what seemed like an eternity mom finally came back to the hospital and stayed the night with me. I've thought a lot about how alone I felt. As an adult I realized that just the driving time was an hour. Then at home mom had to make dinner or go get a neighbor to help get the rest of my siblings fed and into bed. Then to get an overnight bag and somethings for me; books, coloring books and my favorite stuffed animal, my Jimmy Bear.
Maybe that was one of my first steps into adulthood. I think of mom a lot more now. March will be 4 years since she passed away. I liked how my life would immediately feel better when I knew mom was coming back and would be there for me when I was a kid.
So, please share your stories too. If you want to take the topic and write about this on your blog, let me know. I like hearing other people's stories.