Well that time is upon parents across the nation where we are challenged with the almost impossible task of entertaining our children 24 hours a day 7 days a week! Lately my joints have been stiff and painful not to mention I have been getting over numerous infections so to say I have been dreading the holidays starting is an understatement.
I hate having to say no to my child due to my illness I feel like it robs me from enough freedom I don’t want to take away from him too. He is almost 4 years old but I couldn’t ask for a more understanding and compassionate child. He of course doesn’t know the ins & outs of my condition but he does understand that my joints are painful and he does offer to help as much as he can. Even though he is understanding it is still heart-breaking to see his face fill with disappointment when we can’t do something because I am having a particularly painful day.
Last month he got his first bike and he took to riding it like a duck to water. In the mornings he sits on it in the kitchen and cleans it and takes such pride in it. One thing he wants to do everyday is go for a bike ride but walking any distance can cause pain in my joints however as I have been feeling marginally better I have been taking him out for short bike rides making sure I rest along the way and I treat myself to an Epsom bath in the evenings. I often park myself on a bench and watch him ride up and down the cycle path in front of me.
Believe me I am paying for doing even the shortest of walks but the expression of happiness that overwhelms him makes it all worth it.