Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The never-ending ear infection

I took Emmie in for her two-week ear recheck today only to find she has another ear infection. Or maybe the same one from two weeks ago that never fully went away. We'll never know.

What I do know is that the day after she finished her big-gun antibiotic (Omnicef) she started dripping snot all over the place, coughing up a lung and woke up multiple times per night.

Now she's on the Z-pack. Thanks to her delightful penicillin allergy, she's a little limited on the drug choices. If the new meds can't kick it, then it looks like tubes for Miss Em.

She probably didn't get rid of the infection on purpose because she knew more visits to the doctor meant more crack Dora stickers. She started happily screaming "Ticker! Dorda! Dorda ticker!" as we walked into the office. She even willingly ran into the exam room and sat on the table like a big girl.

Perhaps I should invest in a sleeve of these stickers for home use. I could have her loading the dishwasher and taking out the garbage in no time.

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Blogger ALI said...

I really hope Emmie doesn't have to have tubes! But if she does, at least you know the secret to putting a smile on her face post-op!

March 10, 2010 6:40 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

We had exactly the same pattern AND the same penicillin allergy. Charlie ended up with tubes and it made an amazing difference in his overall health. I was blown away. Obv you don't want unnecessary surgery, but if that's where you end up going, it can be a really good thing!

March 10, 2010 8:10 AM  
Blogger lonek8 said...

what is with kids and stickers? jack split his head open and got a sticker at the ER. When Izzy saw it she immediately told me she wanted "to get a bleeding" so she could have a sticker too. yes, lets brave serious injury for a 10 cent sticker. On the other hand, we have a chart with chores and little star stickers and they'll do almost anything to get one.

I hope Emmie is doing better on the Z-pack.!

March 10, 2010 8:46 AM  
Blogger Four Times The Chaos.... said...

At least your Ped does stickers. Ours hands out little rubber balls ("choke balls," as I call them) that the kids love to throw at any glass object. Yet another reason to love Ped visits. Hope Emmie feels better.

March 10, 2010 11:06 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

For us, getting tubes was the best thing ever! B got them in at 9months after 8 ear infections (some of them double) in a 5 month period. It was a nightmare!
Then the magical tubes were inserted, and my shild said his first word the same day.

Can we not have them inserted before we leave the hospital to take the newborn home??? (kidding!)

March 10, 2010 12:49 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

Poor Emmie! hope the Z-pack works!

March 10, 2010 1:22 PM  
Blogger Courtney Walsh said...

My son had ear infections every month for a long time. It was awful because he was always crabby and sick and snotty. Another mom told me it might be a milk allergy as ear infections are a little known side effect.

I asked my doctor who blew me off and then I went to a naturopath. He'd been sick for maybe... six months straight? So, anyway, she told me to cut out milk (and later, we discovered wheat too) and put him on a probiotic. Within two days he was a completely different baby.

I'm not saying it's for everyone, but for us, the doctor wouldn't listen and the natural way worked. he's never had an ear infection since. I think that was about 16 months ago. Something to maybe consider before doing tubes?

March 11, 2010 12:05 PM  

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