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Posted by on Jul 24, 2011 in babies and ear infections, causing fears in your kid, ear infection after tubes, lingering ear infection, sick baby | 3 comments

Three weeks after getting those miraculous, going-to-solve-all-our-problems tubes, Ryan’s got a raging double ear infection. The ear doctor’s reaction? “Wow. Huh. That’s a double ear infection.” (You can see why we pay him the big bucks.) So now Ryan needs ear drops three times a day, as well as a solution of vinegar and warm...

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It was a bad weekend for our washer to die.

Posted by on May 22, 2011 in broken washer, my kid puked everywhere, nausea from antibiotic for baby, puking babies, sick, sick baby | 10 comments

Well, it didn’t die, per se. It just has “electrical issues” that cause it to get halfway through a cycle before draining and leaving us with a full load of sopping wet towels. Or blankets. Or jeans. Or t-shirts. Or socks. Yeah, we tried like 10 different loads before we accepted that something wasn’t right. Maybe we’re the...

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My kid doesn’t care that he’s sick.

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in asthma in babies, childhood asthma, motherhood is stressful, sick baby | 6 comments

It’s been a heck of a week. First there was the original asthma diagnosis, followed by a Flooded Mother’s Day. And then the asthma meds weren’t working, so Ryan had to go for a chest x-ray, which led to a second asthma diagnosis and stronger meds. Each day, my kid gets four breathing treatments with two different medications, four sets of eye drops,...

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If it’s not one thing, it’s 27 others.

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in allergies in babies, asthma in babies, eczema in babies, new mom, parents worry a lot, sick baby | 5 comments

I have found that parenting has a sort of cycle to it. It goes something like this: 1. Receive semi-worrisome or negative news.2. Worry.3. Do everything in your power to correct said negative thing or minimize long-term impact of negative thing.4. Get good news that your efforts have paid off.5. Smile for three seconds; release one sigh of relief.6....

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