We had our first visit to Urgent Care on Saturday. Since the twins have been home over a year and are 19 months old, I’d say that’s pretty good. Great, actually. So, let’s rewind…
My oldest went to a birthday party at one of those “kid zone” type places. He had a BLAST. Unfortunately, since we don’t go out that often to crowded places, and are very diligent about anyone coming into the house not being sick because of the twins, and because those kind of places are like germ factories, he got sick. I tried my hardest to keep wiping his hands and sanitizing him like crazy, but the germs won this battle. Nothing too bad….just a snotty nose that turned into an ear infection.
My oldest got sick two days after the party, and like clockwork, 2 days after that, one twin had a snotty nose. The next day, the other twin’s turn. It took about a week for the older one’s to turn into the ear infection, and again, like clockwork, one twin had a fever Saturday morning. I figured it was bound to happen to both, so I loaded them in the car, picked up my Mom on the way, and took them to a children’s Urgent Care.
It was an awesome facility. Not only was there no one in the waiting room, but the nurses were very clean and thorough, and the Doctor was great. She showed me what to look for in their ears (although, honestly, I’m not exactly sure I saw what she saw) and she was really sweet with them. One twin had the start of an ear infection, the other’s was already full-blown infected, so she prescribed them both antibiotics, and we were on our way. For our first (and hopefully only one of very, very few) Urgent Care visit, it was pretty painless. The only thing I would do differently, would be to remember to put the stroller back in the car afterwards. Luckily, I noticed it sitting in the parking lot as I was driving away. Silly, mommy brain.
So, we’ve had a bit of a rough couple weeks. When my oldest started the sickness, he wasn’t too bad. He laid around and watched endless Busytown and The Magic School Bus (if you don’t know these shows, check out Netflix at your own risk.) But after the first day, he started getting cranky. Same with the twins. So, my house has been filled with snotty, cranky children for the past two weeks. It feels like an eternity.
BUT, I’m happy it’s nothing more serious, and everyone seems to be on the mend. My oldest doesn’t even need his “snot” rag (ewwwww….and don’t ask) anymore. We’re halfway thru the antibiotics with the twins, so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Plus, Christmas is almost here!
That last sentence was a mix of excitement and a little anxiety. We’ll be joining our families this year, which is good, but I also get nervous about taking the twins around a lot of people. I just will keep thinking healthy thoughts, and bring my hand sanitizer with me.
Speaking of Christmas…even though snotty noses were abundant, I wanted to get our Christmas pictures done for our cards. I like to send out cards with the kid’s pictures on them, so everyone can see how they’ve grown and how well-behaved they are…ha! Let’s just say we have more outtakes that actual, usable pictures. And let’s just say that no one enjoyed the picture-taking at all. Especially the camera woman. Oh well. There’s always next year.