Lately, he enjoys expressing his independence...a lot. Apparently even in his sickness, he must maintain this. I went in and picked him up to console him, but he wouldn't have it. But he also did not want me to just leave him there.
We eventually settled with him standing up in the bed, holding onto me with one hand and to the crib with the other and me scratching his back in a half hug. After a minute or two of this, I asked him if he would lay down and I would scratch his back. This was also okay with him, he laid down asked for his blankie, I scratched his back a little more and he drifted right back to sleep.