Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
Okay, gotta make this brief. But it’s important information for any mom who is as clueless as I am.
I was on a playdate yesterday and was telling my friend about Fia’s sleep issues. She said she had a friend with a similar scenario and it turned out to be an ear infection. She told me to take her to the doctor.
I basically shrugged it off. I mean, I’m a week out from my C-section. I don’t have time right now to do this, nor did I think it was anything ear related. Fia is a hypochondriac. I wrote a post about how she is going to be the youngest person diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. She always has me kiss her elbows, her knees, her wrists. If any other body part was hurting her, she’d be the first to tell me.
I went to bed last night, fully preparing for the SIO (Scream It Out), as I am at a loss of what else to do. Armed with ear plugs and extra pillows to put over my head, I feel asleep at 10. At 3 a.m. the screaming began. I refused to go in this time. Phil moved downstairs and slept on the couch to try and escape the noise. I sat there and watched the monitor until 4:30. At that point, I decided to just go in and tell her to please lie back down. I was desperate. And hate to see her upset. I walk in and go to her crib. You ready for this? She says, “Mama, ear hurts. Kiss it.” I almost dropped to my knees. I grabbed her and held her. She kept pointing to her left ear. “Mama, ear hurts,” she said again. I don’t know what hurt worse: her ear or my heart.
I gave her some tylenol and put her in bed with me. She slept, I didn’t. I kept thinking about how terrible I was.
I am taking her to the doctor in 2 hours to find out for sure. But for today, I think I get the worst parent award. Or at least the most unaware. I guess ear infections can have almost no symptoms. I had no idea….
I will let you know the diagnosis shortly.