Mommy sick days don’t exist. And what makes being a sick Mom even worse is when you get your own baby sick. And what makes that situation even worse is when your baby gets sicker than you got.
And then, if you try and use a netti pot to clean out your sinuses and you force some of that stuff up into your ear canal by accident and then your ears hurt a ton… that’s even worse.
But alas, stupid is what stupid does.
I’ve been sick for about 5 days now. I think I’m one of those people who probably actually needs tubes (rather than those people who get them because the doctor their seeing doesn’t know what else to do). As an adult I have had more ear infections than most children I know. If I get a cold, it inevitably progresses to my sinuses, and then it is just a matter of time or stupidity in this case, before it progresses to my ears. I end up spending days, weeks, even months feeling pretty crappy.
Thankfully it can be semi dealt with through ibprofin (to reduce swelling/pressure) and then I just have to deal with tissue nose and not being able to bend over with out my head freaking out.
This is my life.
But yesterday, my baby girl was sick. She’s had a bit of a runny nose for 2 days, but yesterday she was hot. And fussy. And wouldn’t even let me set her down so that I could pee. Or get dressed.
So I spent the day in my pajamas. So did she.
I told the dishes they were going to have to wait, and well… I wasn’t likely to be doing laundry any way.
At around 11 I checked her temperature and it was at 100.6 so I gave her some tylanol, and hoped that would help with her discomfort.
It seemed like a very short loop. In the 4 hours between doses, only about 10 minutes seemed like there was any kind of improvement. The other 3 hours and 50 minutes were spent with a hot fussy baby pressed against me.
So I broke out the moby wrap. Daring to dream I put my little independent baby facing inward… and she plopped her sweaty little head onto my shoulder bone (ouch) and fell asleep.
By about 10 pm her fever had broken, and she was feeling better.
Today there is a little residual fussiness (lol), and maybe some snot, but no fever.