Sick Day

November 03, 2010

Welcome to the cold and flu season!

With Patrick, colds turn into ear and eye infections. This was such a common occurrence last year that our pediatrician referred us to the Ear, Nose, and Throat practice at Children’s Hospital. They checked Patrick out in early October and determined he’s allergic to something. Nobody knows what, and they don’t recommend tests at his age, but they can see his nasal passages were inflamed. That keeps things from draining as they should, and thus the infections. He’s now on a regimen of antihistamines, and they’re going to check him out again in January.

However, nobody was surprised when his first cold of the season moved to his eyes. The hard-and-fast rule of daycare: Don’t come in with an eye infection without antibiotics. So today was a sick day for Patrick & me.

The good news? The doctor checked him out and his ears are clear. Maybe it’s the antihistamines, or maybe it’s just him getting bigger, or maybe it was luck. Patrick also didn’t have a fever and was in good spirits throughout the day. If it wasn’t for the runny nose and goopy eye, you wouldn’t know he was sick. So I took him out to enjoy some of the fall colors in the morning. We’ve had two storms blow through in the past week, so the fall leaves are disappearing, but there was still plenty of color in the arboretum. It was as good a sick day as you could ask for.

Autumn Boy

In the Arboretum