Just a little over a month ago Charlotte had an ear infection in each ear. That cleared up and she was actually well for a couple of weeks. Then, we get to the beach last week and she comes down with a cold. I think she's only had 1 cold where she didn't get an ear infection, so I panicked a little bit. I didn't want to have to go to the ER or clinic out of town. I gave her Benedryl each night before bed in a desperate attempt to try to clear her head up so she wouldn't get an ear infection. By Thursday of last week her cold was cleared up and no signs of an ear infection - whew!
Sunday she woke up with her eyes crusted shut. (I find this to be more disgusting that dirty diapers) I cleaned her up and noticed that her eyes kept secreting green stuff. And her nose was producing green stuff. (YUCK!) This was a first. I decided I'd wait it out a couple of days to see if it would clear up on it's own. Of course it didn't. After a sleepless night on Monday night, and daycare telling me that she didn't nap on Tuesday, I made a doctor's appointment. So, I took her to the doctor yesterday to find she has an ear infection in each ear. Back on antibiotics.
To make matters worse, I get all of the colds too! Yesterday I was running a fever, was achy, and had a sore throat. Judd was convinced I had swine flu, since we ate Mexican Sunday night, and he made me go to the doctor. So, I spent an hour and half at the doctor yesterday, then had to take Charlotte to the doctor in the afternoon. This kind of thing is stressful for a working mom - I was supposed to be in the office working yesterday. But instead, I was running around to different doctor's appointments. Even though I don't have a ton of work to do right now, I still feel guilty every time I leave.
Does this ever get better? Will she ever NOT be sick? I feel like the poor child has been sick since she got a cold at 2 weeks. At this point I'm seriously considering getting a nanny in hopes that she won't be exposed to so much. But, then the nanny will take her to the library for story time, or the pool, or Target where Charlotte will chew on the shopping cart and she'll get sick. If I stayed home with her would she be less sick? Is it my fault that she goes through all of this?
I know there are people dealing with way worse, and I feel bad for even typing this post. So, forgive me - just needed to get it out.
Tomorrow, I promise a happy post with happy pictures.
This American Life
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