Always a Mommy

Friday, January 22, 2010 |
My "little" guy is really sick and in a lot of pain.
He called me late Monday night and asked what he could take for a sore throat.
My son was diagnosed with a severe dye allergy when he was very young. There is very little he can take and carries an Epi Pen just in case he ingests something {or some color} he shouldn't.
I ran down the list and he finally found a dye free med. Before you ask, yes, we always have him loaded down with the items he can take. The problem is that the bottle he had "disappeared" in his room.
While none of this may sound alarming to you, I should also add the distance currently between the two of us. I live in Connecticut and he is attending college in
North Carolina.
When I spoke with him Tuesday morning I couldn't understand a word he was saying. The only way we could communicate was through emails and texting. His throat was so swollen and sore he couldn't speak. He said it felt like pins were in his throat and when he swallowed it felt like razor blades.
I urged him to go to the clinic. He told me his whole body was achy and he didn't want to get out of bed.

{ summer 2009 upon his return from NC for the summer}
{It's very early in the morning ~ I'm looking a little out of it.}
I made a comment to one of my dear blog friends, Corey, and within seconds I had an email from her offering to help Nicholas in anyway she could. I can't tell you how touched I was, and still am. To think that a working mother of three young children would stop what she was doing to go help a child she has never met brought tears to my eyes! I'm truly blessed to have such amazing friends in my life ~ thank you!
By Wednesday I was getting very worried. I was vacillating on what to do ~ I'd already looked into plane tickets. After a short conversation, his father jumped on a plane and is now with Nicholas.
The wanted to hospitalize him due to dehydration but because his father is now there, they have turned him over to his care. He has a severe virus and is on something rather strong {I think anyway} for his pain.
I've come to the conclusion that NO matter how old your babies are, you will NEVER be able to take the Mommy out of the Mom.

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Holly said...

My kiddos are still young, but I am putting myself in your place as I read this and just cannot even imagine. So glad his dad is with him. What a wonderful bloggy friend you have too! Hope he gets well quickly!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jo,

So very sorry to hear that your Son is sick and I hope that with his Dad's help he will be feeling better.
It is so hard for you, when you are living far apart.
Yes, no matter how old they are... they are still your little ones.

Happy weekend

Liz said...

I know exactly what you mean. ((Hugs)) to you. It's hard being a mom when our babies are sick and not feeling well, as we worry and want to make them healthy again. I will keep your son in prayer that he heals quickly and the virus goes away. Hang in there!


Kacey said...

There is nothing worse than having your child in pain...and not being able to help! That is so sweet of your friend to be so willing to help. I hope he recovers quickly!

Rachel said...

I hope he feels better soon! And aren't blog friend just absolutely wonderful!
And I've always said We are Mommy's Forever.


Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I don't think it matters how old they get...they always call home when they don't feel well and we moms always want to get to them as fast as we can.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Awww... such true words. Hope he is feeling better soon!

EntertainingMom said...

Absolutely. It's the job of a lifetime. Literally. How frightening Jo! I'm glad that his father is with him and that he will soon be better.

carolinagirl said...

Thank you, Jo. As stated earlier, the offer still stands. I am hoping your guy is healed very soon. I am anxious to hear how he is doing.

Hang in there. I see myself in you. My babies will ALWAYS be my babies.

Melissa Miller said...

Oh no! Jo I do hope and pray he is better very soon. How painfiul that must be. I'm so sorry.

Take Care & Be Well. ~Melissa :)

bevysblog said...

How awful for you! I am so glad your husband was able to fly down. You are so right, we are always Mommies. When something is wrong with our children, we want to drop everything. Pray he will be better soon. Please keep us all posted!

Oh, and I'm only a state away from Nicholas!

Henley on the Horn said...

I am so sorry. I wish I was still living in NC so I could have helped!!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

OH MY.... I am so glad that his father was able to jump on a plane. That is so scary..... I hope that he is on the road to recovery!! You are matter how old they get, they still need us:)

Corey is such a sweetheart.... it doesn't surprise me that she offered to do this for you. She is such a wonderful and caring person!

Hopefully you can rest easy this week knowing Nicholas is well cared for!

Keep us posted.



pink green & southern said...

Aww, bless you heart and poooor baby boy!!!! I am so glad your husband is with him. I know this makes you feel better and I am sure your son is being well taken care of. No matter how old they are they are still our babies, aren't they? Our son who is a senior in college called last to tell us he got a job for after graduation. We rejoice with them when they are up and cry with them/for them when they are down, huh?!

New England Girl said...

Oh my gosh, how horrible! It sounds like the same virus my younger brother was recently diagnosed with. They kept telling him he had strep throat and that he was dehydrated, but nothing they did worked. Finally a trip to the ER prompted the new diagnosis and a strong prescription of medication later and he's on his way to being better. They had also hooked him up to an IV to rehydrate and make him feel better.

I hope your son is feeling so much better now. It must help to have a parent there... I'm so glad to hear your husband could go down, even though I know you probably wish it was you! :)


Patsy said...

Hi, Jo. I hope your son is better. I am Corey's MIL and her husband is "my baby ". I will never forget his calling me from Carolina late one night when he was a freshman, sick with something. I was only 90 minutes away and I was a wreck. He recovered quickly thankfully, but best of all he still needed me.

Anonymous said...

Hoping he is feeling better:)

Blessings, Ashley

Thanks for the comment on my blog and what your kids say is true - it's just not fair...

preppyinnewengland said...

You have a TRUE friend. Stopping everything to help someone out is what friendship is about. How frustrating and worrisome for you.
Glad his father is helping and that he is getting the correct medical care. I'm along way from sending my children off to college, but I would fell the same way!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I know what you must be feeling. My oldest is 19 and still at home. Im not ready to let go just yet I I see the time is coming soon for him to break away. It's so hard to let go and not be close. Im glad to hear that he is doing better and in your husbands care. I will remember him and your family in prayer~

Jo said...

Patsy ~

How sweet of you to visit my blog. It's been SO hard being away from my son and not being the parent there to hear what the doctors are saying and just to see him in person and be his mom. I think it's safe to say that our sons will always be our little boys.

I can only hope that one day {in the very, very distant future:)} my son will find someone as wonderful as your Corey!

Hope you had a very special day with Emma on her birthday.


Debbie said...

So sorry to hear about your son. My son will be 25 in a few months. Whether he's in North Carolina or North Africa, it wouldn't matter because wherever they go they bring a piece of our hearts with them. Worrying goes with the territory. You must be relieved to know that your husband is with him. What a blessing. Sure hope that he feels better soon. I will be praying for him.....

The Hayden Family said...

get well wishes to your son!

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

Oh my goodness! You are in my prayers and especially your son!! THat was very sweet of your bloggy friend. I've found that some of my best friends are coming frmo blogging! Keep us updated!

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