Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Return of the Badger

When Bug gets sick, he coughs, and then he doesn't sleep well.  Then he is completely insane the next day(s).  Combine this with a cold-for-the-South and rainy winter, a toddler who screams when it's below 20 degrees outside, an apartment with no yard, and a small town with a remarkable lack of things to do.  Also, an inability to negotiate when sleep-deprived leads to a lot of the children whacking each other over the head.  Sometimes he even whacks me, and 49 pounds of almost-five-year-old hurts quite a surprising amount.

Then, of course, he got pinkeye, and then, of course, he got a bacterial infection, so now we have to put eyedrops in five times a day.  Every single time ends with me holding him down on the floor while he screams his head off - he thrashes his head around otherwise, and then the medication doesn't get in them.  And then he gets sent to his room to 'calm down' - you know, quit shrieking like a banshee.

I was almost enjoying his company for a few weeks there - we even went to DC together! - and now this.  Seriously.  Is winter over yet?


  1. Anonymous9:53 AM

    Oh badgers. Angry, angry badgers. Eyedrops are the worst. Our solution has been to have RR close her eyes and we put them on the inner corner. When she opens them again, enough spills in to cover us. Works on grown folks too! On the other hand, once they hate it and screw up their eyes (ala our daughter), it doesn't work as well.

    1. That's exactly what we do, too. His rage is about how I won't let him thrash his head back and forth (before the eyedrops go into the eyeball) therefore flinging the medication all over the couch, nor will I let him rub it all off. Eyedrops for to prevent periorbital cellulitis: SO not optional.

  2. Anonymous10:47 AM

    Feeling your pain. We had gastroenteritis rip through our house last week. Took down both kids and myself. It wasn't pretty. There were also 2 snow days last week. There's also more snow for Thursday. I'm done.

    And eye drops look like a WWE cage match in our house. I just have to pin my preschooler to the ground, lay on her to pin her arms, and pry open her eye lid. It would definitely look suspiciously like child abuse if it weren't to benefit her medically.

  3. WWE cage match eyedrops!!! Killin' me!
    Sorry to hear it, we haven't had eye drops yet, but I wish you (all) the best

  4. Ugh. The daycare pestilence claimed our house two weeks ago and, lo, it was not pretty. Good luck!

  5. Blech!! Evan gets pinkeye pretty much anytime he gets a cold, so I totally understand your frustration with it and the eyedrops - UGH!!

  6. Anonymous6:41 PM

    Oh lady, I'm so sorry. That sounds like hell. Let's see, he's got to be almost school age, yeah? Bet that's gonna be heaven...


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