May 21, 2010

Round three

Griffin developed a nasty ear infection at the very end of April (including a temp of 103). After ten days on amoxicillin, he continued to rub at his ear and be completely irritable. OK, so some of his behavior is also due to the fact that he is just about to turn two years old. We took him back to the doctor on Monday and the ear infection never cleared up, so he was placed on a ten-day dose of Augmentin. Now, just four full days into that treatment, he starts rubbing his ear again and whining. Today we start round three of antibiotics. This time it's Omnicef. At his appointment on Monday, the doctor said that if this doesn't clear up quickly, or if he still has fluid in his ears at his two-year check-up, we'll be referred to an ENT and he'll have to have tubes placed in his ears.

At this point, he's had about eight ear infections. The majority of those have come in the past ten months. As much as I don't want him to have to go through the surgery (and yes, I'm very aware that it only takes 15-20 minutes, but it's still surgery and he's my baby), I'm ready. Ear infections in toddlers are way worse than teething.

So, yeah, I pretty much went from being swamped at work to being swamped at home - let's not even mention the fact that in the past few weeks Patrick has travelled to Charlotte, NC twice (he's there now) and Colorado Springs. I'm not sleeping much and it's taking its toll on me.

I hope round three of antibiotics works. For Griffin's sake and for mine.


Megan said...

Get the tubes. You'll have a whole new child on your hands. Omnicef is brutal stuff. Probiotics really help him a lot. Poor dude, ear infections are no fun at all.

Christina Heald said...

Omnicef was the only thing that would clear Justin up for the longest time. It was expensive though and I used to have the Dr. give me bags of samples. I was scared about the surgery too--TOTALLY! Afterward, though--whole new guy! It was a pain in the rear with all the swimming we do to keep earplugs and a headband on him for two years, but he got to the point where he just accepted it and wouldn't go in the pool without it. I had other kids too at the same time wearing headbands and plugs to the pool--that helped. If you have it done, be sure to have him fitted for a headband!

Megan said...

I have 3 of the headbands left over from Avery and Liam if you want me to send them to you to see if you can use them for Griffin. Red, green and blue are the colors I have.