Ada has been acting odd for the past month or so. Gagging a lot at night in her sleep, off balance, dry cough. She never had a fever or a cold, so I assumed she just had some allergies going on and started giving her children’s Claritin.
Last week she started freaking out because she said there was an ant crawling in her ear. Then she kept coughing. I was thinking she must have some fluid moving around in her ear.
Last night she started crying and crying after supper then threw up twice. This morning she seemed normal digestive-wise, but she kept complaining that her hair hurt above her ear, and her cheek her next to her ear, so I took her to the doctor.
It turns out her tonsils are super swollen, red, and infected. A bacterial infection. Her ears are totally full of fluid, and she’s having a lot of nasty drainage. My poor baby! This totally explains the tossing and turning all night, desperate nursing, gagging easily, and dry cough. I wonder how long she’s had this going on! I can’t believe she never had a fever. It was all mild annoying symptoms, not anything that would make you think she’s really ill and needed to go to the doctor.
The doctor prescribed an antibiotic and Dimetap to dry up the fluid in her ears before it becomes infected too. We were supposed to leave for Asheville tomorrow for my due date club meet up. I was so excited about going. I want to cry. I can’t very well make Ada ride in the car for five hours with her nasty nauseating drainage and congested head. Plus the bacterial infection is contagious. The doctor said it should be less contagious in 24-48 hours, but we’re going to be with a group of toddlers staying at someone’s house. I don’t want to infect every other little kid.
I’m going to see how she is on Sunday. Maybe we can drive down on Sunday and then drive home on Wednesday. *sigh*
My poor baby!
At least we have a great doctor. We recently found him, this past fall. He is super nice. He spends the whole time joking with the kids, and he hugs and kisses them goodbye at the end and tells them to come visit again. He’s about 65 years old and kind of flamboyant. The girls just love him. They got so excited when I said we were going to the doctor today. He’s also very knowledgeable and laid back. Not alarmist or worst case scenario over anything, just a lot of old school wisdom to try first…kind of like the take two aspirin and call me in the morning sort of attitude. Then in the morning he would have all kinds of great advice if you still weren’t feeling well. He also doesn’t make a big deal about vaccines. He answers questions in depth but leaves the choices up to us and doesn’t add in guilt or scare tactics.
This is Ada last night an hour before she started crying and puking. She looks deathly ill doesn’t she? Pizza smeared on her face and everything.