Monday, December 04, 2023

Poor little germy Minnie

 Ugh, my darling Minnie. She has been sick since THE TUESDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING.

We spent Friday at urgent care AGAIN because she had another fever and complained of ear and throat pain ON THE LAST DAY OF HER ANTIBIOTIC. And you know what? SHE HAD STREP AND HER EAR WAS STILL INFECTED.

We got another antibiotic, which is the pits because she is scared to throw up, and she almost threw up her first does of augmentin, and now she's sort of scared of all antibiotics. The PA-C we saw (not a great bedside manner, but it was a terrible night to be working downtown urgent care with a snow storm, a volleyball playoff game AND a Badger men's basketball game plus a million COVID coughs) said the next step is injections, and I was like LET'S JUST DO THAT and save me the 10 days of misery, but she was not really offering, just threatening. Cool, cool.

I followed up via MyChart with her pediatrician today and have plans to bring her in Wednesday afternoon if she is not much better by then (still getting random fevers and feeling yucky, complaining of a tummy ache, etc (also! she ate well today for the first time in 2 weeks and has lost 2 pounds and her ankle rolls)).

It is amazing how terrible sick 3 year-olds are, though, you guys, Like, all of the adorable little eye-rolly toddler quirks are magnified and HORRIBLE. So much whining. So unable to take a joke. So clingy. So not able to play independently.

She is a MAJOR tattle tale, too, which is usually a slightly older kid milestone. SHE IS GIFTED AT BEING AT TOTAL PILL, you guys. We are so proud.

Sill! Her cough is finally almost gone. She only coughs to the point of nearly puking once or twice a day, so that's progress.

We had FUN today, and she didn't cry at all, which was really lovely and made me realize how bad she has been feeling lately. She even played by herself happily while I wrapped some presents and came to find me to ask WHERE IS MY AIR FRYER? I was like your air fryer? What? And she goes MY AIR FRYER THAT HELPS ME NOT COUGH AT NIGHT.

Humidifier! LOL. (I was washing it with vinegar because that's a thing I do every day now because it smelled like mildew the other day and OOOOPS.)


  1. Anonymous8:04 PM

    Lisa here. I HIGHLY recommend the injection over oral meds! It is a painful shot but it works so quickly and then you don’t have to battle over swallowing meds. It’s not an option for Will since he’s allergic to penicillin. But it’s the only way to go for Paul as he won’t take any meds, not even fruit flavored Tylenol! I am sorry she’s been so sick. This has been an especially bad fall. I don’t know what is going on!!

  2. Poor little muffin! I have to say, reading everyone's posts about sick kids has me wearing my mask at the grocery store like it's April 2020. (I mean, I never stopped, but every once in awhile I THINK about stopping, and then some kid will be at the store coughing and snotting everywhere, and I think, "Well, it's probably not COVID, but I don't want THAT either.")

    I'm glad she's turned the corner.

  3. Anonymous9:48 PM

    Strep isn't associated with a cough, so you might want to have the pediatrician see if Minnie is a carrier for strep. (That might also explain why she's still testing positive for it after having antibiotic.) I'm sorry she's feeling so unwell.

  4. Oh poor Minnie! And poor you. That is a long stretch of sickness, holy moly, I didn't even know they could get something else while on another antibiotic. Poor thing.

  5. I didn't even know you could get AB injections?!
    Poor Minnie and poor you. Ugh. I hope she's back to 100% soon. It's so frustrating (and sad) how long these things can take to clear up :(

  6. Oh, I'm so sorry that Minnie has been so sick for so long. I hope it clears up quickly (now that you've told the internet, lol).

    Your three-year-old asking where their "air-fryer" went is the funniest/sweetest/saddest thing I've read today.

    Get well soon, Minnie!

  7. Anonymous12:30 PM

    When my kid was that age, Day 1 of any illness was fine, provided my husband did not swoop in with Tylenol. She was always sick enough that she slept, which was useful because I could rush through getting everything done that I possibly could in prep for the rest of the week.

    If she received Tylenol on Day 1 or if it was any day after Day 1, she had enough energy to be awake, active, and cranky. Those days, there was no winning.

    Hope she gets better soon.

  8. Oh noooooo Minnie!!!! This is just awful. I want to put her and Lisa's kids in a bubble for the rest of the school year.

  9. Anonymous6:10 PM

    Poor Minnie, I hope she feels better soon! It's the worst when the kids are sick. My daughter was a champ at throwing up her medication, too and we did end up doing the injections for a particularly nasty ear infection one year. I am so glad we have antibiotics for those pesky bacterias these days.

  10. Oh no. Poor Minnie, poor you, and poor older kids who are being tattled on. I hope she perks up. Two pounds is a lot on a little person. Independent play - what does one do if that isn't an option? (says the woman with an in home daycare who sometimes does laundry and preps dinner and cleans a bathroom during Independent Play).

  11. Your poor little girl. It's so hard to watch a kid being sick. I hope she gets better soon.