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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Bare Minimum

Turns out, Norah has an ear infection.

Yesterday afternoon when she got up from her nap, I picked her up and she was BURNING up. I took her temp and it was 100 degrees, so I packed her up and we headed to a pediatric urgent care. There, her temp was 102.9! With ear infections in both ears and a terrible cough, we went home with prescriptions for antibiotics and a nebulizer.

This is the first time she's ever had a fever or any kind of infection, and I feel terrible for not taking her in on Saturday, but with her, it honestly is tough to tell that she's sick because she pretty much acts like her normal self -- she's cheerful and playful, she eats well, she wasn't pulling on her ears. The only truly telling detail that she felt really sick was that her sleep was off all weekend. Otherwise, seriously, it just seemed like a mild cold -- or maybe even teething.

Today she can't go to daycare, so Jerry is gonna come home at lunch and be with her for the afternoon while I'm in class, and I am gonna get her in to her regular pediatrician for a follow up exam today (the urgent care people were nice and thorough, but there was a distinct difference between being treated there and being treated with our regular physician; plus, they sent us home with the recommendation to see her regular pediatrician today anyway).

So, last night, I was wiped out. It had taken nearly 2 hours at the urgent care. Then, I had to run to Walgreens for her prescriptions, and then I guess a lack of sleep just caught up to me, because I did NOT want to run last night. It was the first time in this streak that I truly, truly didn't want to go. And, honestly, I felt as though I simply didn't care if the streak ended there.

But Jerry told me: "You can do what you want, but I think if you don't go, you'll regret it. Just go do some thing."

So, I did the bare minimum: a 1 miler. Haven't pulled that out since July 4th, so I suppose it was acceptable to do so, and I have that bare minimum in place for days just like the one I had yesterday: In case of emergency, a 1 miler keeps the streak alive.

20 comments:

Lisa said...

Urgent care doesn't make for fun times, been there done that

Hope Norah gets well soon

Heather said...

Ear infections are the worst, hope she feels better soon!

Nice job keeping the streak alive.

teacherwoman said...

I guess I should have read this post before commenting on the one before. Sorry to hear she's got an ear infection. Those are painful. Hugs to Norah!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Hope Norah is feeling better. This streak is getting good, now I'm wondering what will cause the streak to end.............

Marlene said...

Wow, you are a trooper for STILL managing a run! It probably took you more time to get ready than to run, but that shows some dedication!

I hope Norah is feeling better soon!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Glad Norah will soon be comfortable again. Ear infections hurt those little ones!

I struggled this weekend with the streak too. Glad me both made it through still going strong! (because I already have your tee-shirt so you have to make it to 100 days, no pressure or anything! ;-)

WannabeRunner said...

Way to get out there and keep the streak alive! Hopefully Norah feels better soon :)

Wes said...

I hope Norah is feeling better today! Good drugs = good! :-)

Kudos for knocking out the miler. Those are really special.

Erin said...

Don't feel bad. Miller's the same way when he's sick. Until he has a fever we can't break or something oozing out of the ordinary, you just keep doing what you do.

Krissy said...

Wow. I have been away and just caught up on your blog and can I just tell you your entry about your student with the seizure brought tears to my eyes. Reacting calm and as collected as you were seems just what she needed. I wouldn't know what to do & if I would have reacted the same way. So scary....glad to here she is ok now. It makes me realize how lucky I am to be in good health and have never had to deal with something so traumatic like that.

On another note - I hope your little one gets better fast, I know what you mean when you think it is just a cold and it turns into something more. Luckily these kiddies are tougher than we think and they truley do turn around fast usually....

Katie A. said...

Poor, poor Norah! Ear infections are no fun!
And, the bare min is just fine! You still got out there! Keepin' it alive - one mile at a time ;)

ajh said...

Glad NOrah is okay. Ear infections hurt! How could she stay sweet! Good for you for getting that 1 miler in. That is amazing.

Nobel4Lit said...

Poor baby!

Glad you were able to get out there. The infinite wisdom of your husband kept your streak alive!

Christine said...

I hope the little one feels better soon. AWESOME you got still a 1 miler in - very impressive!

N.D. said...

awww feel better little one! you're impressive- glad Jerry pushed you along!

lee said...

I hope Norah feels better soon.

I'm impressed that you still got out there to run, but don't feel bad if you do end up breaking your streak for one reason or another, sometimes life just gets in the way, you know?

Jess said...

I'm hoping Norah feels better soon with her medicines.

And it was great that Jerry prodded you to get out the door for your run! It would have been such a shame to break the streak!

Agate Lake Girl said...

So sorry Norah was/is sick. She seemed so happy at the party. What a troooper! I hope she continues to feel better!

keens shoes said...

Hope she'll get better soon! god bless and good luck.
You have a nice blog here, keep it up!

Gillion said...

are you getting better now? Pei Pa Koa (www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm ) is one of the few Chinese natural cough remedies that have been scientifically studied. it's something like herb plus honey, and it's sweet, thick and black in color. If you have a cough, look for it! It used to be one of my favourite natural cough remedies.

if your cough persists, seek professional help such as traditional Chinese medicine physicians - I have had very good experiences with them.