Tyler is a rough and tumble, energetic, typical four-year-old boy. It seems like he is always running around or jumping up and down. Sometimes, by accident he will run into me, or he will spontaneously decide to jump on me affectionately; maybe hurting my arm, shoulder or chest.
In the chronically ill mom, this can be quite painful. Especially with my Fibromyalgia, one bump into my arm could start my WHOLE body hurting.
Grant and I keep trying to work with Tyler on this. We tell him that he cannot jump on Mommy whenever he wants to. I don’t really like to emphasize my illnesses, so we tell him that he cannot just jump on any girl or woman, that we are more delicate than boys or men. (Feminists, give me a break, what else would you have me say?)
I know as he gets older, he will get calmer and watching out for Mommy will come naturally. In the meantime I am willing to take the pain in exchange for the cuddles and kisses, while I still can!