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How to cure an ear ache

November 14th, 2009

p1010167Hopefully her fashion sense develops with age.

Thursday evening, Tessa just barely bumped Sabrina’s ear and Sabrina dissolved into hysterics about her boo-boo. Steve said she mentioned her ear hurt the day before too. I gave the outside a gentle tug and asked if it hurt and she said it did. I touched the canal a little and she confirmed that hurt too. Similar manipulations of her other ear yielded no pain. I repeated the exercise before bed with the same responses.

Friday morning, I again touched both ears and she said the right one didn’t hurt but the left one did. I sighed realizing that we were lucky to have dodged the ear infection bullet for this long. A lot of kids get them but it seems an inordinate number of Guatemalan tots end up with ear infections. I waited for the doctors office to open and called. I spoke with the nurse who confirmed that they would need to see her. They offered me an appointment late in the morning.

p1010161I called to cancel our play date. I turned off Dora and got everyone out of PJs and into clothes. We loaded up for our hour long drive to the pediatrician. By the time I got the double stroller in the car, grabbed a diaper and wipes, and grabbed drinks and snacks we were running a little late. We pulled into the parking lot 2 minutes before our appointment time which meant we were running late by the time I hauled the stroller out and strapped everyone in. I jogged to the elevator and down the long hall. We signed in, paid our co-pay, and waited. I refused to sit in the sick waiting area – she had no fever and I wasn’t going to expose them to who knows what might have been behind that half wall which was working hard to keep those germs in.

We went back to the room and waited. The doctor came in. He chit chatted and then took a look at Sabrina’s ear. He tugged, as I had, and asked if it hurt. She said “No.” He looked again and said he saw no evidence of infection or inflammation. Her ear looked perfect.

We got in the car to go home and Sabrina announced “My ear is all better now mommy!”

Apparently the cure for an ear ache is canceling a play date, driving an hour, and paying a $25 co-pay. Who knew?

In all seriousness, I know a couple of people with children who are really sick and hospitalized so I am not going to complain too much that my child is healthy.

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7 Responses to “How to cure an ear ache”

  1. Dana Says:

    I know about the hour long drive to the pediatrician. We’re working on changing that now that Serena has been home almost 2.5 years. Her doctor is Russian and has lots of experience with Eastern Europe adoptions so I’ve kept her there.

    What can you do? Sounds like either the doctor is the placibo or she just needs some extra attention from mama and being a very smart girl, knows exactly how to handle getting it.

    Love that Sabrina face though but I do feel your “pain” about the whole ordeal. Glad to hear she’s ok.

  2. Becky Says:

    I know first hand about those ear infections—the real ones—we unfortunately didn’t dodge that bullet and Tabitha ended up with ear tubes. I have to say though, the picture of Sabrina in her jammies with her sippy cup and her hat on brought a good chuckle to me this morning! Thanks!

  3. Ruthie Says:

    You could tell her she has to do chores around the house to make up for the $25 co-pay! When my son was five, he cut his own hair…I made him pay for the hair cut to fix it! AND I made him tip the guy who cut it! I don’t know if that’s mean or genius, but he never cut his hair again!

  4. Bobbi Says:

    HA!!! The hat must be the cure. That is too funny!! I have so been there. I feel awful, my ear hurts. Get there, and viola!! Walking through the door cured it. But, yes, thankful for no major illnesses right now!!!

  5. Amy Says:

    I had to take my daughter (born in Guatemala) to the doc today because her ears are infected again. I scheduled an appointment to have tubes put in (for the third time) and have her adenoids removed. Interestingly, my doctor has told me that in America, Native Americans have an extremely high incidence of ear infections and other ear problems. So much so, that ENT’s often do their residencies on Reservations. Since the Mayans in Guatemala are similar to our Native Americans here, my doc believes that may be why Ana has so many ear problems. My son (also born in Guatemala) does not “look” as Mayan as my daughter and has had no ear problems at all. Anyway, I hope this adenoid thing helps. I hate all these trips to the doctor for her and an ear infection is one thing you can’t be for sure about without a trip to the doc. Glad Sabrina is ok.


  6. Jamie Says:

    That first photo is absolutely hilarious.

    It’s such a pain in the butt to haul them to the doctor to only find out they are “OK” but right now there is so much scary illness going around it’s a good thing!! 🙂

    p.s. is that a talking Dora backpack in one of the pics? Miss A is jonesing for one of those for Christmas!

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