There's nothing like a sick child on holiday. As it turned out, Esther developed a mysterious fever and runny nose the night before we embarked on our road trip. I told Mei, "This is God's way of keeping us trusting him."
I'm a great believer in letting kids heal naturally. If my kids have fevers, I keep them at home, but do not give them medication except before nap time and bed time. If they have a runny nose, I give them tissue paper. And make them drink lots of water. Plus, I give them extra Sambucol--this is concentrated berry extract. Basically, it is an immunity booster. The regular daily dosage is 2 teaspoons (10ml) daily. However, the directions for use do state that for winter use or for intensive use, you can 2 teaspoons (10 ml) up to 4 times daily! So, when the kids are sick, they get extra Sambucol.
However, when we are holiday, I do tend to worry more. I was the one that kept bringing up the need for Children's Panadol, while Husband was the more calm one, saying, "She's fine. So cheerful, so talkative. Let her rest and she'll be okay."
In the end, we did give Esther more Panadol than usual. And also, more Sambucol. We also kept her away from the kids--they'd be over at the Fong family's villa, while Esther would be napping and spending time with me at our villa. Esther also did not join us for the trekking. Whenever she was separated from the main activities, I would take care of her. Consequently, I got the blessing of having extended "Esther" time.
Esther continued to be sick all the way through UK Farm, The Dusun and even Kidzania. When she got to Church Camp, she was better by the second day to join in the children's camp activities. However, by then, I FELL SICK! All my "Florence Nightingale" antics meant that I was exposed to her germs the most, and consequently, I was knocked out for the first two days of Church Camp!
Still, sickness is not necessarily a bad thing. Yes, it is part of the curse, and that is always a good reminder that we are not invincible, infallible beings. Far from it, our human bodies are not eternal, and that realisation should bring us closer to the reality of our need for an eternal Saviour. Sickness, I believe, is also our body's way of reminding us to slow down and focus on the important things. This is a good way to de-clutter your day--you're sort of forced to do so, cos you don't have the energy to do anything else but the important stuff!
This bout of sickness--I am glad that it focused me on spending time with Esther and getting to know her better. I am also glad it focused me on confronting and praying about my struggles and challenges. You know that you are in a better place when you feel humble and surrendered to God. And sometimes, you need sickness to do that--so it is a blessing after all.