Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ear Infection

We have a sick baby boy.

Yesterday, he came down with a runny nose, cough, watery eyes, and the sneezes. For his naps, he cried bloody murder whenever I laid him down flat in his crib, which made me think maybe he has an ear infection. I waited out the day, and wanted to see how he did through the night. We were up 4 times in the night. Luckily, all he needed was his pacifier and then he whined himself back to sleep. The very tired, half asleep whine.

I let him sleep until 9:00 this morning and he had all 5 ounces of milk for his first feeding. But the next two feedings, he had 1 ounce and 3 ounces. Not so great. But he took great naps all day, which made me hesitate to get him into the clinic. And I didn’t want to pay a $30 copay to be told I’m an overprotective mom with a child who just has a head cold. However, we are leaving town again on Thursday for a week, so I took the plunge and brought him in to be seen.

I’m so glad I took him. Doc took one look at his left ear, and said that I had correctly diagnosed the ear infection. He has an ear infection in his left ear. Right ear is perfect.

It is so stressful to have a sick child. The schedule is thrown off, there is a lack of sleep, and the routine is just different. There is no routine! It just breaks my heart to know that he is feeling so terrible.

But he is on amoxicillin for the next 10 days, so it can only get better from here.

He spent some much needed cuddle time with his daddy tonight. In the words of his dad, “He’s so awesome!”

1 comment:

Corinne Doughan said...

Bummer! Ear infections are NO fun! Luckily they usually don't last very long! You'll have your old Orin back in no time! I hope you have a wonderful trip!