Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A season for everything

My goal 10 km race for 2014 was this past Saturday.  And I didn't participate.  

Sweetest Miss K was admitted to hospital on Thursday morning with meningitis-like symptoms that, after a string of heartbreaking tests, thankfully turned out not to be the worst-case scenario.  She was still very sick, though, and we spent most of the past few days cuddling in bed.  Thankfully things are starting to look up.


A visit to the paediatric ward of a hospital (between Miss K and Baby J this was our fourth visit for the year) has a way of slapping my priorities right back into place.  I'm convinced that it is one of the most humbling, heart-wrenching places on this planet to visit.  And, (unbearably) hard as each visit may be, I always leave the paediatric ward with a renewed sense of thankfulness for the tiniest blessings and an ever-growing prayer list containing the names or faces of those whose paths we crossed there.  This stuff sure isn't easy, folks.

Running-wise I'll just be taking it easy for the rest of the year.  I'm not aware of any alternative local or nearby 10 km races before the end of December, and that's okay - racing and clocking PRs can wait.  For now there's a gorgeous little blonde, and her equally handsome little brother, who needs me.  And I can't think of anywhere else in the world I'd rather be.



6 comments:

  1. Aw your poor baby:(. The pediatric ward is a very humbling place, even when I was younger I remember seeing kids much sicker and in much worse case scenarios. Definitely makes you count your blessings more than once. I'm so glad that it didn't turn out to be anything more serious and I hope she feels better very soon!

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    1. Thanks so much, Hailey! Seeing that little face so sick just breaks my heart. She's starting to feel a lot better, though - very, very thankful!

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  2. That's life and I always say thank you for all the people that still know where their priorities lie. There are far too many who don't. I am glad it was not Meningitis! I had that some years back and it is awful. How a tiny body copes with this I don't know. But the kids are tough and they show us how blessed we are. There will be plenty PB's so just do what is important now. All the best and hope she is much better already.

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Johann - much appreciated. Little K is slowly, but surely getting better - SO thankful!

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear your baby was/is sick!! Thank God it's not meningitis.

    And of course, as you know, there will always be other races.

    Hope your sweetie is feeling better <3

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa. She's feeling much better today - happy, happy mama! :)

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