I tend to be a little cranky when I’m sick, especially when I have a cold. I know that the common cold is a very minor illness, especially when compared to some of the health issues that other people deal with, but I still hate having one. I hate the sore throat, the sneezing and coughing, the constant nose-blowing and being so congested that I can barely breathe. When I have a cold, I tend to walk around with a box of tissue in one hand and a jar of ointment in the other (to soothe my sore nose), feeling tremendously sorry for myself and scowling at the world in general. As I said, I don’t do colds well.
So you can imagine how irritated I am that I am currently suffering from at least my fifth cold this year. I seem to be on a schedule of being sick for a week, feeling better for about three days, and then getting sick again. I’ve sought medical advice, which was basically “take some decongestants, drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest.” I don’t think the doctor understood that what I was actually looking for was a miracle cure that would make all my symptoms disappear forever. Sometimes even the smartest people can miss the obvious….
The sad thing is, I know where these colds are coming from. Before I became a grandmother, I usually suffered from only one or two colds in an entire year. But as soon as my little grandson started daycare, I’ve been catching colds with alarming regularity. The cycle goes something like this: my grandson goes to daycare, where he comes into contact with lots of other little kids, and at least one of them is always suffering from a cold. He catches the cold, and then passes it on to me the next time I see him. (He may be only one, but he’s already very good at sharing.)
Which means that the only way I can reasonably hope to stay healthy in the upcoming months is to avoid all contact with my grandson. And that’s not going to happen. Because as much as I hate having a cold (and trust me, I really hate it), I love my grandson more.
I only have one grandchild and I want to spend as much time with him as I possibly can. I love watching him grow and learn new things, and my heart melts just a little each he gives me a hug. I know those hugs usually come with a few cold germs attached (let’s face it, he’s basically a petri dish in a diaper), but I’ll still happily take each and every hug he offers.
Sometimes we have to pay a high price for the things we want, and I know that suffering from a never-ending series of colds is the price I have to pay for spending time with my grandson. But that’s okay, because I also know he’s worth it.