Monday, July 26, 2010
Parents worry--that's their job, right? That's what I"m doing as I care for my daughter who has a high fever. Parents do whatever they have to in order to care for their children and help them heal. Who worries when Cherry, Quentin, Mark or Anna spikes a fever? They are sent to the infirmary where they are treated by a nurse, who they may or may not know. If the condition is serious, they go to the hospital where they are left without anyone they know. No one sits with them, worrying and caring for them by their bedside. They are left to their own fears and to fend for themselves in the hospital. I know how important it is to have an advocate at the hospital, even here in the U.S. Nurses are overworked and don't stay on top of pain medication. In China, pain medication is not widely used, so an experience in a hospital is indeed a scary thing. Many of these children have conditions that are easily correctable or treated here in the U.S. These children deserve to have parents by their side helping them through these experiences. Even if you don't speak the same language, compassion and love are univsersal languages. Where else can I look to find the families that will treat these children with compassion and love and help them reach their full potential? Do you see potential in these faces? Could you be a parent to one of these children?