Not ‘a bit ill’
Mar30

Not ‘a bit ill’

There was a time when if my kids told me they felt ‘a bit ill’ that I would give them some paracetamol and they would be better. Occasionally my daughter might be slightly unwell for a day or two, but it was nothing to worry about. All that seems to have changed this year. My younger son came home from school at the start of January feeling ‘a bit ill’ and was ill for a week. My daughter felt ‘a bit...

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Not ‘just a cough’
Feb06

Not ‘just a cough’

My daughter had already been ill for several days. She’d had a very high temperature, she’d lost her appetite and some weight, she struggled to walk from the settee to the toilet. And she had a cough. Not just any cough. A cough which caused her pain. A cough which made her whole body seize up. A cough which actually made her sick. A cough which started and wouldn’t stop. On her fourth day off school ill, she really...

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Ill in different ways
Feb02

Ill in different ways

I’m not sure where exactly my son’s never-ending illness had been for the last few weeks after finally leaving him, but when my daughter developed a painful cough and a temperature, I had no doubt it was the same virus. I’m a great believer in a cough being an inconvenience or an irritation, rather than an actual illness. But this cough was definitely an illness. Painful and never-ending and accompanied by a sore throat and high...

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The illness that went on and on
Jan17

The illness that went on and on

On the first Thursday of January, just two days after he’d gone back to school, my younger son came home complaining of aching legs. He had a cough, a bit of a headache and his chest hurt. He was clearly under the weather. So when he woke up the next morning, saying his head felt funny, I had no qualms in keeping him off school. But around 11am I looked at him and thought ‘Is he really ill?’, ‘Perhaps he should...

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