Yesterday was the chipmunks 4 month check-up (we have fallen behind a little due to changing pediatricians) and all was well! Or so we thought.
The chipmunk weighed in at 17 lbs 9 ounces and grew to 26.5 inches. Growing at a normal pace.
The doctor was doing his normal check-up. He was very impressed that the chipmunk was able to sit up with some help, at all of his facial expressions, and how well-behaved he is already. We expressed one thing that he has recently been doing to the doctor. The chipmunk has reached behind his ear and making what looks like he is feeling his hair motion with his hand. This development has only been in the last couple of days. We figured it teething. Well boy were we wrong.
“His ear doesn’t look healthy” said the chipmunks pediatrician in his Indian accent. “It looks like he has a middle ear infection… has he been sleeping and/or fussy a lot lately?”
Everything started falling into place. We told the doc that there was about a week span that the chipmunk wouldn’t sleep at all! He woke up and was screaming bloody murder and that we just assumed it was teething pain. Over the last week though he has been completely fine!
The doctor told us he must have a high pain tolerance because this should have been hurting him and he shouldn’t be feeling normal. The chipmunk was as happy as could be in the doctor’s office so all of us were a bit puzzled. So the doctor has prescribed antibiotics for the chipmunk and hopefully he will start feeling better within the next few days.
It’s so difficult as a parent to hear that what you thought was wrong, is well, WRONG! I know that this mistake could have been made, and will continue to be made by lots of parents, and there is nothing one could do to keep from feeling like a failure as a parent. You want to do everything you can do to keep your child healthy but you know he will be getting sick at some point and you would hope that you would know when based on how your little one is acting. Like I said, it is a more difficult pill to swallow when your original assumption was wrong.
I guess the old saying is true… you know what happens when you assume… you make an ass out of you and me!