When people ask me what aspect of parenting has been the biggest surprise to me, my answer is always that I didn't realize how much time I would be sick. I've been coughing or sneezing pretty much constantly since the new year. That's why I don't buy the argument that exposure to lots of germs in preschool means that kids won't get sick later on -- if that were true, I should be immune to just about everything by now.
It hasn't been a terrible winter in terms of illness -- no one has ended up in the hospital or the ER, which is my primary measure of success -- but it hasn't been a great one. D's been on oral steroids twice for his asthma, which doesn't make me happy, although he seems to be doing much better now that we've increased his maintenance dose of Qvar. We also have an appointment for him to see the allergist next week. And N's now on oral antibiotics for an ear infection, as well as a topical antibiotic for impetigo. I feel kind of guilty about that one -- we had assumed that he had just rubbed the skin under his nose raw from the constant drippage, but as soon as the doctor saw it, she said it was an infection.
And N was complaining about an ear ache for several days before we finally brought him in. We got the memo that many ear infections will go away without antibiotic treatment, so were giving him advil and waiting and seeing. But when his fever started to come back, I concluded that this wasn't going away on its own.
I hate having to make these decisions. This is why the Republican argument that the problem with our health care system is overuse drives me crazy. I'm smart and well educated, but I didn't go to medical school. I probably err on the side of avoiding going to the doctor, because I know that there's not much they can do for routine colds. But this means that sometimes with hindsight I wish I had gone sooner. It's nuts to make it more expensive to bring a kid in for a doctor or nurse to take a look, just in case. Because the one night that D spent in the hospital with asthma two years ago cost our insurance company more than all the medical treatment everyone in the family has received put together since.
Update: N puked in the middle of the night. Is it the Amoxicillan? Or another bug?