So...the double ear infection that cleared up a bit and left only one ear still slightly infected quickly escalated into another double ear infection on Wednesday. Yep, you read that right. We're right back where we started. Except that now it's worse...they're both red, swollen and VERY infected.
Since this is an ongoing ear infection that's on it's third week now, Jax had no other options but to take the antibiotic shots, Rocephin. (Forgive the spelling, I sounded it out and it's probably all wrong!) Poor little guy. He "gets" to take a shot everyday for three days straight and then we meet with the doctor again on the last day to see how he's responding.
So far he's not responding well. His fever is still dangerously close to the 103 degree mark, and he sleeps alot during the day/evening. In fact, he pretty much only wakes up to eat and whine for a bit (not really crying) before going back to sleep. His favorite place to sleep? On Mommy. So he and I have spent a lot of quality time together in my rocking recliner the last day or so.
They tell me that his fever should break for good today after his second shot...I'm hopeful, but not holding my breath at this point. In fact, I've almost resigned myself to the probability that on Friday his ears won't be any better and we'll be making an appointment with an ENT as soon as we can to get some tubes put in his ears. I hate to put him through more, but at this point, I want to get him some relief too and tubes in his ears is the quickest route to that end.
I don't want to pick up my child that's burning up with fever. I don't want him to sleep so much and not play and smile at us anymore (we're the mean people that keep taking him to that place where he gets the shots after all!). I don't want him to hold onto my finger with his little hand that's hot like a coal. I don't want to see that glassy, fever-eyed look on his face anymore. And I don't want him screaming at night anymore because it hurts his ears to lay down.
There's a lot of things that I don't want. What I DO want? For my child to be better. Whatever it takes. If that's tubes, or shots, or a trip to the ER, then that's what it is. I just want him to be well again.
Oh, and I'd like to be able to keep my job. I've missed a lot of work with this little guy so far...my luck can only hold out so far, you know? Here's to hoping!