Monday, March 03, 2008
Cruel to be kind
When any of the children is down with a tummy run or diarrhea, a sachet of smecta is quickly mix in lukewarm water and drunk . Then the two day soft diet begins. Very severe, then plain watery porridge with soya sauce is fed every time hunger pang strikes. Porridge with sliver of fish if it's a mild tummy cramp. Under normal circumstances, most time, by day 2, the tummy is back to good working condition. Youngest, who had a mild tummy run on friday evening, decided that she was well enough, though she was still experiencing a very mild tummy ache. I disagreed but gave in. The breakfast on sunday morning, at Hans, bacon and scramble egg was just too delicious to miss esp when she had only porridge the previous day. By mid afternoon her tummy ache got worse. Anxiety started creeping up on her as she is participating in the 200m heats today in school. This morning another satchet of smecta. A lunchbox of warm rice with a sprinkle of japanese condiments and a tamagoyaki. It takes strong will to be cruel in order to be kind.