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Thursday, June 7, 2012
For the Love of Antibiotics
I took Nolan to the pediatrician on Tuesday and found he had an ear infection (which we knew) and a significant sinus infection. He's on Augmentin for ten days and is receiving Ciprodex drops again in the leaky ear.
The oral antibiotic isn't his favorite, but this is one of those times we are glad for the g-button. At least it makes a few things in life easier! The ear drops are another thing - Nolan has always experienced pain with them, and dreads them more than getting a shot. I've been sneaking into his room at night and in the early morning to put them in his right ear... while he's still asleep. This little tactic works for the most part, unless he rolls over and the drops come right back out. Still, it is better than the rage that ensues from pinning him down when he's awake.
I do think his random falls are vestibular in nature, though. He fell on the bus last week (from a sitting position on the seat - he had no idea he had changed position). Sure enough, he developed an ear infection a few days later. I think the changing pressures in his middle ear messed with his vestibular system.
On the upside, he is happy and doesn't appear to be bothered by the infection at all. He started playing soccer last night and he is the oldest child on the team. I am so grateful he doesn't have a July birthday, because then he would play on the U-6 team rather than the U-4 team. He is finally the same size as all the other kids, and he loves it. There is a two year old on his team, but that doesn't bother him! It's nice to be one of the better players once in a while.
Hearing is definitely a problem on the field. He only has one aid in and he's not hearing very well at all. There is a lot of waving and signaling - and the coach is learning that if she calls "red light, green light" from behind the kids, Nolan will always win. He doesn't hear the instructions, so he just runs for the finish line!
The U-4 league is great, though - it is about learning the basics of soccer and is not competitive. The kids often play with more than one ball on the field and have a blast. It is perfect for my little guy this year!