I did my part and Audrey decided to do hers.
I got a call last night at about 5 that my in laws were bringing the girls back home. Audrey was screaming bloody murder about her ears hurting. She was inconsolable.
I figured she'd fall asleep on the ride here from Peoria but I guess she just whimpered the whole way.
When she got here and I saw her I wanted to cry right along with her. She looked so pathetic.
I gave her some Motrin and waited, but she didn't seem to feel any better.
Being 7pm on a Sunday night, I figured I'd take her to the ER and hope they could help us out.
Audrey fell asleep in the car on the way there. I had to make a "Mom Call".
Do I turn around and hope she stays asleep until tomorrow when the Prompt Care opens?
All it took to stay was picturing a 3am scream fest that would send us right back out into the 5 degree weather.
I woke her up and asked her how she felt. Her ears still hurt and the tears started again, so we checked in for our two hour wait.
For a kid who is miserable with a double ear infection, the little Bean was in pretty good spirits.
"Mama, that lady's head isn't round. People's heads are supposed to be ROOOUUUUNNNDD."
"Mama, that girl is wearing boy shoes."
"Whas yo name? Girl! WHAT'S YOUR NAME?"
"Lady, why is your coat green?"
"Why you need that wheelchair? Can I ride too?"
I made sure she didn't get too near anyone who looked contagious (read: holding a puke pan) by letting her hold court from my lap.
Naturally she charmed the nurses, and we had fun getting her to try to say sphignometer (ooh, I spelled that right on my first try!).
Two hours later we were sent back to a room. I found an old coloring book and a handful of crayons to keep her busy. She tired of that but told me that "the next time we come here, I'll color more." The next time. Sure.
The nurse told Audrey that our doctor looked like Santa Claus and she got pretty excited. When he arrived, and he was fairly slim with a close-cropped beard, Audrey let him know in no uncertain terms that he most certainly did NOT look like Santa.
We got our prescription called in and I told Audrey it was time to go.
She clung to the side rails on the bed and refused to leave. I think she liked being there.
Maybe it was the fact that everyone was paying attention to her (as opposed to having to share attention with her sister). Maybe it was the novelty of all the buttons and gadgets she wanted to play with the second my back was turned. I don't know.
But what kind of kid wants to hang out at the ER?
This morning she is in good spirits and ate a little bit. Then she puked.
It's going to be a long Sunday.
For Your Scrapbook
- Do they not teach math in public school anymore?
- Hey you! Don't watch that! Watch this!
- An open letter
- Over the river and through the woods...
- And then my brain exploded and my arm fell off
- One time I was in a band
- Just Because You Can Doesn't Mean You Should
- One Christmas down
- I wish I had a communicable, uncurable disease rig...
- Out of the mouths of babes
- I'm Done
- Son of the son of the...It's a fun story thing.
- Apparently my whole family wants to go the hospita...
- She lives!
- Giving my Health Insurance a Work Out
- ▼ December (18)