June 23, 2009

A Mother's Intuition aka: Please Let There Be SOMETHING Wrong With This Devil Child Otherwise, I'm Going To Go Insane.

Yesterday I was woken up by Taylor screaming in my face. No worries, I told myself, she needs some breakfast and a diaper change.

She continued to scream through aerobics, lunch, we had a brief pause for naptime, and then she woke up screaming again.

Around 4 o clock, when I could no longer handle the high pitched squealing, I called the doctors office.

"I need an appointment for my daughter."

"Okay, what's wrong with her?"

"I don't know. She won't stop screaming. I think she might have an ear infection or something. At least I hope she has an ear infection....."

"Err, okay. Does 10 o' clock work?"

Fast forward to this morning. Taylor awakes happy as a lark. She eats her breakfast, and goes about her business with a smile. I think, well, maybe she's going through a mean phase or something. But since it won't be 24 hours notice and I'll get charged whether we show for the appointment or not, I decide to go anyways. (Based solely on the fact that if we don't go, then we won't have done anything today, and maybe it's not the park, but at least we got dressed and went SOMEWHERE.)

So we go to the doctors office, sign in, and wait. We get called back and the nurse starts asking me what her symptoms are.
Me - "Umm, well, today nothing. But YESTERDAY she wouldn't stop screaming.... oh! and she had a fever.... and I think she has an ear infection."

Nurse, looking at the angel child, - "This one? Okay. Is she pulling on her ears?"

Me - "No."

Nurse - "Has she been coughing?"

Me - "No, not really. I mean, when she cries so much that she can't catch her breath, then yeah, she coughs a little. But she's not, like, coughing."

Nurse - "How about a runny nose? Any of that?"

Me - "No."

Nurse - "Well, let's take her temperature and then the doctor will be right in."
Then the nurse pulls out the thermometer and sticks it in her ear.....

Taylor SCREAMS bloody murder and starts flailing her limbs thereby smacking the nurse dead in the face, causing my other children to shriek "WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY BABY! YOU'RE KILLING HER! STOP IT! STOP IT RIGHT NOW! WHAT ARE YOU DOING? DON'T TOUCH HER!"

Because my children are nothing short of awesome.

So the nurse hurriedly writes a few more things in the chart and leaves.

Then the doctor comes in, looks in Taylor's ears, scream scream scream, yep there is a nasty infection in BOTH ears, gives me a prescription and tells me good luck.

And that's pretty much how life is going right now. I know, it's just. so. glamorous.

2 comments:

  1. I am going through and reading all of these. They are all so good.

    This is the greatest title, by the way.

    Poor Taylor.

    I love how the other kids yelled at the nurse in hopes to protect Taylor as she screamed. Such great kids.

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  2. I remember taking one desperately ill (turned well) child to the doctor with another in tow. The doctor looked at her and said there was nothing wrong. As we were getting into the car to go home, the other kid threw up. What's a mother to do?

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