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Tuesday, 15 January 2008

180 minutes. He cried for 180 minutes. One hundred eighty minutes. TWO THREE FULL HOURS!! And I’m not talking figuratively. I mean literally. And then he conked out while I was rocking him.

Ah…the trials and tribulations of motherhood.

Admittedly, I am on a short fuse. I have been sick for months and after dealing with Peach’s ongoing ear infections, the lice, the rat, the mud daubers, and the lack of sleep, I’m not in a great frame of mind. Today, however, I just hit a wall. Having to leave a staff meeting as a result of Peach’s onslaught of tears just sent me over the edge. I can’t help but feel as though I am the weak link in our professional team. There are four of us (two rabbis, an educator, and an administrator) who make up this partnership and like a table, it wobbles if one is missing.

With tears streaming down my face, I make our way home. At first I thought that I would take the scenic route. Perhaps a little extra drive time would lull Peach to sleep. One red light put a kibosh on that well-intentioned plan. One quick (and perfectly legal) U-turn and we were on the freeway heading home.

Some of my earliest memories involve the searing pain that accompanies an ear infection. So I do know how much pain it is causing Peach. But I was unprepared for the onslaught of vomiting, fever, malaise, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. Peach’s need to be held upright is severely impacting our sleep and, consequently, we are grumpy, irritable, and just very, very tired.

What about tubes? Remember, Peach is just 9 months old. So the doctors are not so keen to rush into surgery on an infant. Tymopansotomy tubes might be in Peach’s future, however, if he is unable to clear the fluid from his ears. We go back to the pediatrician on Friday and I imagine that this might come up for discussion. Given Peach’s tender young age, we’ll probably be sent to a specialist to handle the case. One of the things that I really like about our doctors is that they’ve been treating our family since I was a kid. I trust them and know that they are caring for our kids as if they were caring for their own.

Meanwhile, I am escaping tonight for a few hours. Dinner with friends whom I have not seen for nearly 20 years. In a non-child-friendly restaurant.

A welcome respite…

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, 15 January 2008 7:11 pm

    You must be tired as we both know that there are only 60 minutes in an hour.

    Rest up, this will pass.

  2. Tuesday, 15 January 2008 7:59 pm

    hang in there. my heart goes out to you…. btw, we did the tubes surgery for my oldest at 9months… i remember it being much easier than for the 2 y.o. today because he wasn’t aware of any of it…he was chipper and pleasant by the afternoon. so maybe it’s not so bad to do it now to relieve his pain and your own. enjoy your dinner and try to rest…. cliche, i know, but this too shall pass….

  3. Frume Sarah permalink
    Tuesday, 15 January 2008 11:49 pm

    Liesl — don’t EVER make assumptions about my mathematical capabilities!! You’d be surprised how shaky my math skills are.

    Phyllis — thanks!! Beernut had his first at19 mos. and he seemed so young…and it was harder when he had his second at 4.5. So we’ll see…

  4. Todd permalink
    Sunday, 20 January 2008 11:01 pm

    If you want to end ear infections permanently quit giving your child dairy products. Do some research and see for yourself.

  5. Frume Sarah permalink
    Monday, 21 January 2008 6:59 am

    Todd — an interesting point. However in this case the only milk Peach has had is MINE 😉 His diet is dairy-free otherwise.

    Thanks for the info, though, and thanks for reading!

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