Monday, January 11, 2010

wheezy?


The kid woke up at three crying—definite ear infection, which, after being at the doctor—turns out to be a double-ear infection. Why stop at one when you can have two?

The doc listened to her breathe and heard a slight wheeze, so wanted to albuterol her, which, after bringing the prescriptions to CVS, our insurance apparently doesn't cover. She's got a cold—shouldn't she have a slight wheeze?

I am not in any way a neglectful mom—in fact, I tend to worry more than less, but it seems like every time we go to the pediatrician's these days allergies are automatically profiled as asthma. And the next step is to medicate, medicate, medicate. I know these devices are outstanding for children who need them, but last year when she had that cough/cold that every kid in her class did that seemed to last all winter her doc suggested the inhaler. We did it for a week and her teachers started pulling me aside to ask if we had anything "going on" at home. Turned out the drugs really wacked her out and made her hyper and very unlike her usual self.

So as I look at her playing happily, quietly, no coughing, with her ear infection medication dose taken, I think to myself, do I really need this other thing? Do I care if my insurance rejects it?

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