If you’re a mom, you’ve been through it: that heart-stopping moment when you realize that your child is sick or hurt beyond just a simple stubbed toe or sniffly nose. For me, it happened when my son was 2. A simple cough one Sunday morning suddenly escalated to a full-scale hacking, a raging fever and an upchuck of the dose of baby Tylenol I tried to give him. Fortunately, we have the Pediatrician From Heaven, who returned my call to her service within minutes, listened to my son’s cough over the phone and calmly said, “Meet me in the ER. I’ll be right over.”
So I can totally relate – and I know you can, too – to Sandra Bullock‘s recent crisis with her adorable 2-year-old son, Louis.
A source tells Us Weekly that during the Academy Awards ceremony, Bullock was overheard talking to a friend at the bar about her terrible mom moment. “The scariest thing happened the other day,” the actress said. “Louis had this really high fever.”
She went on to explain, “I kept trying to break it with Tylenol, but it wouldn’t work! I was freaking out that he might have a seizure.”
Just as the panicked mom was about to take the boy to the emergency room, his fever finally went down. “He’s fine now, but it was so scary,” she concluded.
Deep sigh of relief.
That’s motherhood for you – moments of joy and fun interrupted frequently by frustration, chaos and sheer terror.
I’m glad to hear that Bullock got through her sick-kid moment without too much trouble. I wish I could say she’ll never have to experience it again, but we all know that she has plenty of fevers, coughs, headaches, tummy bugs and boo-boos ahead of her as Louis goes through the terrible 2s and beyond. All we can do is wish her strength, patience and a dash of “this too shall pass” humor.
Oh, by the way, my son got through his first serious illness just fine, thanks to our fabulous doctor, a Tylenol suppository and a couple of days on an albuterol inhaler. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go fetch him some orange juice. He’s now 9, and home with tonsillitis.
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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