LG has been in a vicious cycle of sick now, for going on a month. Ever since her stint with RSV last month, we’ve been back to the doctor three times, which is approximately $100 worth of co-pays. Not that my daughter isn’t worth every last cent, obviously, but I can think of better things that I could do with a hundred dollars. Like:
- buy three bottles of good vodka.
- treat myself to a nice new pair of shoes.
- or maybe some jeans.
- go out to dinner (excluding the money it would cost for a sitter, of course).
- buy some liquid latex and see where it goes.
- waste the money entirely on farmville cash.
- fill my phone with apps and music.
You see? The possibilites are endless.
Now we’re on our third round of antibiotics, and either the ear infection isn’t going away, or it just keeps coming back. Whatever the case is, I know that I’m so over having my kid on so many antibiotics. I generally won’t even take antibiotics myself, but when it comes to my kid, and the possibility of her getting really sick, I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. This is the part of parenting that I hate. I liken myself to be a somewhat hybrid crunchy parent. I stay away from foods with artificial stuff in it (save for the occasional “poison” piece of cake at a birthday party, or something of the sort), I try to be a greener parent, favoring the homeopathic route over the drug overload route. I’m obviously not perfect, and realize that modern medicine has its place and will use it accordingly. Hence the reason (against my better judgement) my daughter has been on three different rounds of antibiotics in the last month. At our last appointment, I got the dreaded comment about possibly needing tubes.
I’ve been searching for alternatives, because my BAYBEE. She’s only ten months old, and I don’t want her to be sedated, and do a treatment that might be medically unnecessary. I feel as if doctors are so quick to put tubes in, rather than explore other options. I realize that tubes are so not a big damn deal and they might be the next best thing to fairies and unicorns, but I’d rather spare her the trauma of the whole ordeal. Then there’s the issue of, what if she needs them again, after they fall out? What if this, or what if that? All of this illness business is relatively new to me, and I hate seeing my poor little girl so miserable.
If your kid has had tubes, what was your experience? If you searched for alternative medical therapy, have you had any success?