Friday, October 29, 2010

Childhood asthma: How Do I Loathe Thee?

How do I loathe thee o childhood asthma? Let me count the ways.

I loathe thee with all my depth and breadth and might
My motherhood can reach, when my daughter is coughing out of sight
With nights of vomit and tears running down her face.
I loathe thee to the level of disgrace.

Most breathless affliction, by bedtime and nightlight.
I loathe thee strongly, as mothers strive to make it all right;
I loathe thee quietly, as I ready the nebulizer and calm her malaise.
I loathe thee with a passion to guide her through this choking maze.

In my naivete, I thought the inhalers and propped pillows would protect her.
I loathe thee with an aversion my daughter is smart enough to see
I loathe thee with my whole breath, untainted and clear,
As my daughter gasps "Are you mad at me?"

I shall but loathe thee better after you just leave my daughter alone.




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4 comments:

Steph, from Be Positive Mom said...

Oh! I loathe the too! My son has it, too.... your poor baby :-( My little guy is getting better and it has lessened in the last year. I am so scared with every sniffle...I'm in your camp of the "loathing" of childhood asthma!

Shelley said...

Following from the blog hop, hope you can follow back.
God Bless,
Shelley
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Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

My son has asthma and has had it since he was 2 he is now 13. Love the poem.

Miss. Candy said...

I have asthma and it is really scary still to this day when I start into a rage of coughing. Your poor baby!! It sounds like she has a great mama to be there for support!

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