March 31, 2010

if momma ain't happy, then nobody's happy (lunchbreak blog)

Alright, I am gonna take off my "happy blogger" hat for a brief moment and introduce you to "steam coming out of my ears frustrated momma blogger".

Hi, nice to meet you.

So hear is my current conundrum:
Violet has been constantly sick since November. We were told that it was just chronic ear infections. Every other week, I would take Violet to the doctor with another ear infection. The doctor in turn would write me a prescription for yet another different antibiotic and send me on my way. Around December I asked my pediatrician if Violet should get tubes in her ears (this was ear infection number 5, just so you know).

Instead, Violet was prescribed more antibiotics.

In January, I noticed Violet had a rash that would not go away. I called the doctor because I was certain she was having a dairy allergy (I had just introduced milk into her diet). The doctor said that people like to assume that rashes are allergies... but that Violet most likely had another ear infection and dry skin.

More antibiotics.

February rolls around and Violet is sick with ear infection number 10! Finally, after Violet had grown intolerant to antibiotics, the doctor scheduled surgery for ear tubes. At this point, I was looking forward to some relief! No more sick baby in a matter of days! I could not even imagine what my life would be like with a happy baby.

So we have the tubes put in Violet's ears. And, Violet is still sick. It has now been 3 weeks since the tubes were placed in Violet's precious eardrums. We have taken her in for weekly ear draining. We have been prescribed so many antibiotics that Violet developed Thrush!!!

The doctor finally cultured the gross stuff coming out of Violet's ears to see what the heck is going on with my little girl.

The conclusion? Oh, well Violet just has a milk allergy that has been causing all of the congestion in her ears.


Well, who was that person that politely suggested that Violet might have a milk allergy, oh, say, 3 months ago...... oh right.... THAT WAS ME!!!!

I suppose it would have been easier for me to have given the doctor my bank account information and told them just to withdrawal money freely, because just about every check I have written in the past 6 months has been to them. Hundreds upon hundreds of dollars spent has now resulted in a simple diagnosis of a milk allergy. 

So, mothers out there reading this, tell me....... has this ever happened to you? What do I feed my sweet baby girl now? The doctor gave me absolutely no direction from hear. They just sent us on our way without a list of suggested foods or anything!
Alright friends, now that I have that off of my chest, please note that usually my blog is just so darn cute and happy that this is simply an anomaly... so do come again!

Thanks for lending a listening ear. Typing was theraputic. Oh, and I do appreciate all of the hard working doctors in the world.. I have simply had a bad experience.

-Stacie (now these are some good doctors)