Winter be gone

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It was 2am in the morning when the howling began.

I shot out of bed like a rocket and fumbled in the dark as I desperately made my way to my four-year-old’s room.

Every now and then Curly-locks cries out with night terrors, but this night her cry was different.

She was in pain.

When I flung open the door to her room, she was sitting upright in bed moaning, her eyes spilling over with tears as she gripped her ear in agony.

I bundled her up in my arms and popped her into bed with Dave, so I could run downstairs to get a thermometer.

Not that I needed one. It was bleedingly obvious that she was burning up.

I never know in these situations when to get the after-hours doctor in or rush them to the hospital, but on this occasion we decided to try some medicine, a washer on her head, and a nice long cuddle to calm her down.

Fortunately it worked and she slept until I could take her to the doctor the next day. He confirmed her earache pain was an ear infection and prescribed antibiotics, pain relief, and plenty of water and rest.

The next night like clockwork, the howling began again.

In a ground hog day moment, I shot out of bed and fumbled down the hallway to my four-year-old’s bedroom.

Just as I was about to open the door, I paused and cocked my head. This time it wasn’t Curly-locks, it was her 22-month-old sister in the room beside her.

Confused, I opened the door to see her writhing around in bed clutching her ear.

I was beyond shocked as she’d been her usual smiley self all day with no sign of sickness other than a runny nose. I’d even taken her to swimming lessons that day where she’d had the time of her life.

There she was though crying out in pain just like her sister the night before.

I wondered if it was her two-year-old molars coming through giving her jip. She had been showing a few teething symptoms and signs, but I had a sinking feeling it was something else.

The next day we were off to the doctor again – if they had frequent flyer points at the doctors’ surgery we’d have earned ourselves a return trip from the UK with the amount of visits we’ve had this year – where he confirmed that Smiley, just like her sister, had an ear infection.

I felt absolutely dreadful as I had taken her swimming the day before. She’d had a runny nose and cough since April though, it can be hard to tell sometimes when it has turned into something more.

This winter seems to have been the longest winter of our lives.

All four of us have been sick at one time or another, or all at the same time, for the entirety of the season.

Colds, viruses, runny noses, conjunctivitis, sore ears, sore throats, itchy throats, wet coughs, dry coughs, infections – we’ve had it all.

It is exhausting and miserable and we are hanging out for spring in a big way.

We just need to soldier on through this latest bout of illness and hopefully that will be the last of it for awhile.

Fingers crossed.

How have you and your family fared this winter?

This post is sponsored by Nurofen. As always, all opinions are my own.

14 comments on Winter be gone

  1. Erin
    August 28, 2014 at 5:53 am (3 years ago)

    Oh hugs{{}} Some winters seem like that! I try to console myself they must be building up their immune systems and we’ll be good for the next season but oh how you must be hanging our for Spring. Just imagine if we lived further south! brrr.
    We’ve actually had a good winter, no sicknesses at all! (you didn’t want to hear that did you;) though this horrible flu that is going around has struck my College boy far from home, far from any nurturing, he has been bedridden for the last week, though Sunday he had to go to work to teach, swimming, in a pool for 4 hours so sick!!

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  2. Mummy, Wife, Me
    August 28, 2014 at 6:35 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! I can’t believe he had to teach in a pool for FOUR hours while he was sick. The poor thing. Yes, so over winter. Smiley had a very restless night last night. I think she’s coming down with something AGAIN πŸ™

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  3. Vicki @ a Knocked Up and Abroad
    August 28, 2014 at 7:32 am (3 years ago)

    Oh deary dear… 2 earaches in 2 nights. Talk about misery! You guys have had a rough trot! You know how my winter has gone. Misery! We can happily wave goodbye to winter this weekend! Woo!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Bring on spring, Vicki! Bring it on!

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  4. Neets
    August 28, 2014 at 9:07 am (3 years ago)

    Winter germs are the worst. I hope your girls are ok. I woke yesterday morning in Fremantle to find Miss H with a burning fever. At 6am no car & 3 little ones, it was near impossible to get my hands on some nurofen. Thankfully we know someone around the corner who skipped out & grabbed us some. Nurofen is the best! Xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 28, 2014 at 12:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh my God, Neets! That is horrible. I hope she is feeling a little better now xx

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  5. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    August 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm (3 years ago)

    I totally agree with you Renee. This winter has been the worst! I’ve been teaching for years and yet this year I have caught so many more bugs than any other year. It’s just one thing after another. Thank goodness winter is nearly over. Hopefully you guys will have a few months illness-free now!! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 3, 2014 at 10:17 pm (3 years ago)

      I bet you catch a lot of bugs as a school teacher. Bring on the sunshine and spring! xx

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  6. Shelley@MoneyMummy
    August 31, 2014 at 9:25 pm (3 years ago)

    It’s been a shocker at our house too! I feel like we have been taking it in turns in getting sick – as soon as one of us gets better another goes down. I am looking forward to spring! Winter and illness begone!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 3, 2014 at 10:17 pm (3 years ago)

      It is a vicious cycle. That’s for sure πŸ™

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  7. Bec @ The Plumbette
    September 1, 2014 at 8:22 am (3 years ago)

    Nothing worse than going to the doctors twice in one week!! Ahh! You poor thing. We have faired really well this winter but we bunkered down away from Playgroup since having Phoebe to avoid us all getting sick. The girls did get colds and gastro in August. But I’m looking forward to spring when there’s less sickness floating around.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 3, 2014 at 10:18 pm (3 years ago)

      I think that’s a good idea to stay away from Playgroup with Phoebe so young. Can’t wait until the warmer weather comes around πŸ™‚

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  8. Robyn (Mrs D)
    September 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Double whammy!! Oh there is nothing worse. Poor things. We’re had a rough trop with sickness this winter too. Happy dance with me today as spring has sprung! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Hurrah!! It is finally here πŸ™‚

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