“Hello, Mrs. Moss – we’ve had a little incident at the school today.”
“Is everything okay? What happened?”
“Well you see, there was as little girl in Halle’s class that got sick and threw up. It really affected Halle, and she’s in the office crying. Can she talk with you?”
“Of course, put her on the phone.”
“Hi mom…” she bubbled, through tears.
“Hi honey, what’s wrong? Are you okay?”
“Well…. well…. you see, there was this girl…”
“Halle, I can’t understand you, you need to calm down and stop crying so I can help you.”
“MOM!!! She threw up a little bit, and then it came out! IT ALL CAME OUT!”
I turned the phone away from my face and tried to muffle my giggles. Jon’s eyes grew big, full of questions and no words.
“Halle, honey. You need to calm down, everything is okay. Sometimes kids get sick at school and I’m sure it will all be cleaned up and worked out.”
“Just lay down on the couch, and focus on breathing. I’ll ask the Mrs. Bingham if you can stay and relax for about 15 minutes.”
“Okay mom…” sniff sniff
“I’ll see you after school, love you.”
“Love you, too.”
Poor thing has had a fear of throwing up at school, this whole school year. So, seeing that it can actually happen, really undid her. I felt so bad for her, but I can’t let her stay home from school, just because she feels like it. Whitney did the same thing when she was little. She would work herself up so much, she would actually throw up sometimes. Kids and anxiety. It has been one of the hardest things for me to deal with as a parent. I just don’t get it. I get nervous about somethings, but nothing on the same level as some of my kids. I spend so much energy trying to help them breathe and calm down, that I end up with anxiety! Go figure 🙂 Whitney has learned some coping skills over the years, but I believe it will be a life long challenge. She is SO much better than she used to be, now it’s Halle’s turn!
Any advice? Has anyone else dealt with this?