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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.
How have you and your family fared this winter?
This post is sponsored by Nurofen. As always, all opinions are my own.