Saturday, July 25, 2009

Of Baby's Ears and Grandma's Heart

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of you who have kept my grandmother in your prayers. The doctors were able to shock her heart into doing what it is supposed to be doing, and the last I heard she was being released from the hospital today and will be flying home tomorrow. God is good!

The title above mentions that this post is not just about my grandmother. Ladybug has been fighting a cold for about a week or so now, and while she has remained chipper, it's obvious she doesn't feel good. Yesterday morning, after coming home from a walk, she threw up all over the floor. I brought her into the doctor who looked her over and said we would just need to wait it out. She checked her ears and said they were perfectly pink and sent us home.

However, this morning, I went in to get her after she woke up from her nap to find her left ear filled with crusty blood. Completely alarmed, I brought her to my husband while I called her doctor. The things that ran through my mind were scary, as I'm sure you can imagine.

We were told to take her into a pediatric Urgent Care, where we were informed her ear drum had a small perforation that allowed the "juices" to come out from a severe ear infection.

The doctor said she'll be fine, and the perforation will heal quickly. She is on amoxicillin and a decongestant, and Tylenol as needed.

Poor little thing! She didn't even let me know. She was not especially fussy, she slept well last night, she has not been grabbing her ears, and just yesterday afternoon we were told they were perfect. *sigh* Now anytime she gets sick, I'll be worried about an ear infection and won't know what to look for.

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