Motherhood, Parenting

Antibiotics and Anxiety

Per usual, I have come down with my second sinus infection of the season. It happens AT LEAST twice a year.

I was prescribed Augmentin. I was just prescribed the same medicine back in December for my first sinus infection. I thought nothing of starting this round. I was feeling pretty bad and actually took a day off of work.

I started to experience dizziness and nausea. I knew that Augmentin could mess with my stomach, so I figured I’d have to deal with it. Lack of appetite, nausea, and dizziness continued over the next couple of days. My anxiety also skyrocketed.

I figured the dizziness was from sleeping funny and my anxiety was high because of the dizziness. Finally, I did a little research.

Turns outs, I think all of my symptoms are a reaction to the Augmentin. I know antibiotics kill ALL (bad and good) bacteria. I know how important gut health is and how it does effect my anxiety levels. I have been taking a probiotic with my antibiotic, but apparently it is not enough.

I will be calling my doctor tomorrow to find out my options. I cannot continue to take this round. My lack of eating along with my increased anxiety is too much for me to handle.

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Antibiotic Injections

My little guy has had a fever (on and off) since Saturday. The flu was ruled out, but Monday we started oral antibiotics for an ear infection.

Tuesday he FINALLY saw some relief and his fever was gone! Happy dance for our household! Wednesday morning he woke up with a fever again!

All evening, he was very fussy and just wanted to sleep. By this morning, he was fever free again. But slowly throughout the morning it started to creep back up. He was fussy and refusing food.

We went back to the doctor and found out his antibiotics weren’t working. He receive one antibiotic injection in each leg, and has to return Saturday for another round.

We will have a consultation with the ENT in about a month.

Surprisingly, we saw a huge improvement in him by this evening. He was running around and playing with his brother. I’m hoping I have my happy little man back tomorrow!

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How I got my 3 Yr Old to take his Vitamins daily


Is anyone surprised with this answer? Every imaginable virus has hit daycare hard last week. I have fought him for weeks about taking his daily vitamin, but never won.

Last week, I decided it wasn’t an option anymore. It was really my only way of feeling like I am helping prevent illness.

I offered fruit snacks.

I offered ice cream.

I offered M&Ms.

I threatened bedtime!

Finally, I threatened no IPad!!!

We had a winner. Everyday to “earn” his IPad privileges he has to take his vitamin. So days takes longer than others, but he ALWAYS gives in.

Anyone have any tricks they use to get their kids to take their vitamins?

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Our Little Daredevil

Our second son is a dare devil. He is literally not scared of anything. He pushes his limits each and every day. He bumps his head daily (or at least it seems that way!)

Thursday night, he landed face first into our plastic toddler table/chair set. He caught the lip of the chair and now has a nice scrap on his face.

I was so nervous to take him to daycare the next day. I know it was an accident, but I’m sure some people are judging.

They say second children are a handful, and so far ours is proving that to be true!

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Shoutout to All the Single Moms!

My husband has come down with strep/the flu. A man with the ACTUAL flu and not just the “man flu.” He was down for the count. I mean, I literally didn’t even talk to him for almost 24 hours!

Since we have two Little’s and I opted out of the flu vaccines, my husband stayed with his parents after his diagnosis. I know the boys were already exposed, but why continue to expose them.

This meant I would pick up the boys, do dinner, dishes, baths, playtime, bedtime routine, wake them up, get them dressed, get lunches, get them to daycare, and get to work on time. Let’s be honest, I normally do all of that but the husband sometimes helps with baths and playtime. I had this added pressure knowing that I was on my own. I had no backup. I was outnumbered!

I just wanted to give a shout out to those single moms who do this EVERY DAY. In case no one has told you today, YOU ROCK! You guys deserve some recognition and a vacation. I know as Moms we do what we have to do without thinking, but it doesn’t mean it is always easy.

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Sick Baby – Flu Scare

My littlest has been congested since birth. Alright, I’m stretching the truth. But really, he has been congested/coughing for the last two weeks. I wasn’t overly concerned because he was still acting normal and he just had some new teeth poke through.

There have been news article after new article of young children passing away from flu complications. As soon as one of my has a sniffle, I am on edge (thank you anxiety!)

Friday night, my little one woke up and as soon as I picked him up I could tell he was hot. I took his temperature, and he was “only” at 101. I gave him some Tylenol and he went back to sleep. Four hours later, I took his temperature again and he was at 102. He was cranky and just plain acting sick at this point. I gave him Motrin and waited. After about an hour, he was still going strong at 102. I knew I wouldn’t be happy until he was checked out.

I took him the pediatrician. I am very thankful for their walk in hours. They checked him out and found an ear infection!! I had never been so happy to hear he had an ear infection. They still swabbed him for the flu, but luckily it came back negative.

Four doses of antibiotics later, I’m hoping we sleep better tonight.

I always feel like I’m overreacting when I run one of them to the doctor, but I’d rather be safe! I can’t wait for this cold/Flu season to be over.