A midnight visitor climbs into my bed
Burning up from fever
Arms and legs flailing wildly
I pull him close to me
shhhhhhh , it's OK mommy is here
Daddy administers another dose of medicine
I rock him gently
I feel his little body relax in my arms
His warm germ laden breath bounces off my face
I try to turn away
The little one protests with whimpers
Please oh please oh please
Mommy doesn't need you to share THIS.
Two days later I awake
My throat feels like someone took sandpaper to it
I can't swallow, chills and sweats.
Bug lays near me
It's OK mommy, I take care of you.