Treating your own.

08/07/2009 at 5:03 AM Leave a comment

I went to visit my brother the other week. this would not be significant except that he lives in Europe and he just started a family. He has a lovely 5 month old girl. (the fact that he is 51 years old is something interesting). I took my younger daughter with me and we had a grand time.

Towards the end of the trip she developed a mild headache. One that would not resolve with the usual advil or tylenol. Of course I can come up with many horrible things it could be. I knew it to be most likely a muscle tension headache from the stress she was under. (only one who could not speak spanish, only girl her age). But I struggled emotionally with treating her. I would have gladly let someone else decide what to do but in that setting it would have been very difficult. My daughter does not readily transmit information. It is very hard to get her to describe her symptoms in English much less through a translator.

So I ended up trying different things to help her feel better until we got home.( which was only a few days later). What I discovered was how much more dificult it is to be dispassionate and professional when it is one of your own. Even for something relatively trivial. It is not that I have not felt this before but that it was so much more intense when there was not much of an alternative to my treating her.

Advertisements

Entry filed under: life thoughts, true story.

Leaving home, a parent’s view Vacation time is on duty time?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Calendar

August 2009
M T W T F S S
« Jul   Nov »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31  

Most Recent Posts


%d bloggers like this: