This past weekend our five year old was feeling under the weather. He’d actually had a cold for awhile, and was starting to run a fever. Thus, we were worried that he might have yet another ear infection. So we asked the obvious… “Do your ears hurt?” Nope, they were fine. Later in the day he was still pretty out of sorts, so we asked again. Same answer. Then I decided to rephrase the question…
“Which ear hurts the most?” I asked, hoping to catch him off guard and get an honest answer.
“Well, this one feels fine,” he said, while pointing to his left ear. “But this one hurts a little bit,” he went on, while pointing to his right ear. Lesson learned. It’s all about asking the right questions.
We know the symptoms all too well. A lengthy cold followed by ear pain means a trip to the pediatrician. Again. But as it turns out, we were wrong (this time). He didn’t have an ear infection. He had a sinus infection. So it was off to the pharmacy for some antibiotics. Again. This time we got a big bottle of amoxicillin. While it took a day or two for him to start feeling better, he’s now back to his old self. Now we just have to hope that he didn’t pick up something else while visiting the pediatrician. After all, every kid in the doctor’s office late on a Saturday afternoon is sicker than a dog.