On our first night in Verona, Italy, with Amsterdam, Brussels and Munich behind us, my daughter started feeling “off” at around dinner time. But by the end of dinner, she was back to her chatty self and feeling good. That night she became feverish and restless and in the morning it was clear that her feeling “off” was not going to go away just yet. She was sick with a fever.
I was thankful we were at a lovely Bed & Breakfast in Verona run by such a sweet couple at that point in our travels. Nadia, the wife of the husband and wife team was caring and compassionate, explaining that whenever she had traveled with her son when he was young, he always got a fever at some point. She was a mother and she understood. She provided a thermometer and aspirin and checked in on us regularly. She called her doctor when my daughter’s fever reached 103*F, arranging a home visit and then interpreted the suggested care by the doctor. She prepared rice with a little olive oil and parmesan cheese when my daughter was up to eating a little. She even let us extend our stay in her home for a night, at no charge, because I didn’t want to continue traveling until my girl was feeling better. I couldn’t have asked for more support. Her and her husband Mario went above and beyond.
In addition to their support, I also had the support of my mom (albeit from afar through Facebook and different time zones) which also helped when I didn’t know what else to do but hold cold cloths to my daughter’s head and give her ibuprophen for the fever. A kind lady staying at the Bed & Breakfast, an American doctor in fact, was also nice enough to give to me her supply of Tylenol.
So after that experience I started thinking about what advice I would offer a parent who is traveling with children.
– pack a thermometer and Tylenol. They take up very little room in your suitcase but can prove to be a lifesaver. You probably don’t want to be scrambling to find a pharmacy in the middle of the night in a foreign country.
-make sure you have travel insurance. Very important. Had this been a more serious sickness, things could have been a lot more expensive than the 50 euros doctor’s visit.
-try to stay positive. There were a couple of times I became discouraged, but overall I tried to stay upbeat, knowing this was just one of those things. When my daughter was resting and her fever was low I took an hour to explore Verona on my own. After checking on her again, I would leave to go to the market and buy lunch. Evenings seemed to be better for her and we were able to get out a bit and explore together.
Three days later my daughter was back to feeling more like herself and we were off to Venice for the last leg of our trip. It’s too bad she missed so much of Verona, but hey, that just means we have a good reason to return one day. 🙂
This post would not be complete without mentioning the amazing B&B we stayed at in Verona: B&B Agli Scaligeri. Obviously, I would highly recommend them when visiting Verona.