Scenario: 4am I had just slept. 5am I hear a knock on the door. It was my 4 year old toddler wanting to sleep with us (or not wanting to sleep anymore) and saying she had a painful tummy.
So given that, we were thinking it was nothing and she just made that as an excuse so she can sleep on our bed. As I tucked her in beside me to sleep, (and let me tell you, i was so ready to get some rest since it was almost sunrise!) she looks at me with puppy eyes and whispers “I want to go out”. Out!? At 5 in the morning!!??? I told her nothing’s open. Then she cries with TEARS! and says she has a tummy ache again.
I asked if she wanted to go to the ER and she said Yes.But I was observing her, she din’t seem like she was in too much pain that called for a trip to the ER. But then again, we thought she might have a high threshold for pain. So for the benefit of the doubt, we hurriedly dressed up.
Chesca asked if I could dress her up too coz she says she cant go to the ER in her pajamas. This gave me my first doubt but I let it be…and no, I din’t change her clothes no matter how much she wanted.
On our way to Cardinal Santos (hospital), I asked her a trick question again. I go “Ches, let’s just go to the mall.” then she replies “Mmm up to you, you decide. But okay, if you want let’s go. Maybe my tummy will get better already.” Not too convincing for a really painful tummy that needed a trip to the ER, eh?
Then again, better safe than sorry…so we still had her checked. Turns out they couldn’t really find anything wrong. Of course they couldn’t! The doctor just diagnosed it as gas pain. She was sent home and prescribed motillium which I din’t let her drink anymore. Then Chesca says “mom maybe I’m just hungry.” Great! now you tell me, right?!
So after a long night, we went home and gave her breakfast while my husband and I finally got some zzzzz.
I’m still thankful it wasn’t anything serious. I talked to our pedia after and asked how would I know if I really need to take her to the ER. He says-when they really look like they’re in pain, and can’t think of anything else coz its really painful. Other than that, a hot compress would do 🙂 So Mommies & Daddies out there, this tip might help you in second guessing your kids especially if they’re good actors 😛
Later that day, Rick (my husband) says he doesn’t think Trumpets summer class (acting class) will do us any good. He feels she’d be able to manipulate us more in the future..hahaha! Well, I believe I’d know when she’s pulling one over me…as my Dad kept telling me when I was growing up, “I’m always two steps ahead of you.” and being kinda mischievous back then, I think I’d know.
Although, now that I think about it, there were a few times he (my dad) wasn’t two steps ahead coz I’d get away with stuff. Okay, I guess I’d have to rethink some stuff. Hmmm…I guess it’s good luck to me in the future