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Lady Lennia Courtney Martin on Living with a Sick Child

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Lady Lennia Courtney Martin on Living with a Sick Child

Now more than ever I am learning how to do things that are fun, yet not too energy-draining. This week we will go to the library, aquarium, and maybe even a park. But when we go to the park, it will be for a short time and I will have someone with me just in case. She seems to be adjusting well besides the yucky medicine aftertaste. She is such a fighter, always has been, always will be.

Hospital sign

Know where the closest hospital is.

A few tips to help when your child is ill. A.) Know your local hospital. I was able to get my daughter to the hospital very quickly because I instantly knew the nearest hospital.  B.) Do not panic. Kids can sense our emotions. If we get over-anxious or panicky, so will they. C.) Have your medical/insurance cards handy. Make sure to keep your health insurance cards on you to easily check in with the doctor or at the hospital. Also keep your medical identification cards handy to easily identify medical issues such as a pacemaker, asthma, diabetes, etc.  D.) Have phone numbers handy. Make sure your pediatrician, specialist and doctors are all programmed in your phone, and that family members and whoever watches your kids have the same phone number. E.) Make people aware of your medical condition. People are less likely to panic if they know upfront what they are dealing with and how to handle it. And lastly F.) My boyfriend put his arm around me and told me, “Babe you have to let her live as close to a normal life as possible, because if not then the epilepsy won.” His words still inspire me to let her have fun and allow her to still have a vibrant childhood. Although she was just diagnosed, I am learning to let her walk without holding my hand, letting her sleep in her own bed and still stay in others’ care.

Having a sick child can easily break you down. I broke down plenty of times and probably still will, but I am okay with it. I know with bad news comes tears, anger, and even the need to just be alone. I am learning to overcome each and every one of these emotions day by day. Special thank you to everyone who called, texted, prayed, etc; it is greatly appreciated. She missed her end of the year school party so my dad agreed to throw her a party and invite all her friends. How sweet! Can’t wait. My next blog will probably be about how I laughed until I cried at my dad dancing, and how much food I ate. –Ms.C (Missy)