Wednesday, January 14, 2009

We're OK..

Lots of interesting stuff happening.. but no time to write about it. Trying to wrap up one contracting job, about to start another, actively pursuing leads for two more jobs. And then of course there is the usual stuff...(cooking, supplement mixing, driving to Lindamood Bell every day, grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, bills, helping with homework, working out situations that arise at the boys' schools, blah blah blah..)

Salamander is doing really great with his math tutoring at Lindamood Bell - the effects are now starting to show at school as well. He is spending less and less time in the Resource Room/Pragmatic Learning Center for math assignments and more time in the regular classroom (as his working speed has gone up, he is better able to get his work completed in the allotted time and he's better able to keep up with what is being taught).

Oh.. and I LOVE the Hyland's Earache Tablets. Salamander has been quite congested these past few days, and on Monday afternoon visited the school nurse several times complaining of 'stuffed ears and a bad head ache'. Nurse reported that Salamander's ear drums looked 'pink' and that he should see a doctor as he 'may have an ear infection.' I know he had some fluid in his ears but I don't think we were at full blown ear infection stage yet. So I started Salamander on the Earache tablets to address the discomfort while at the same time boosting his immune system, anti viral, antibacterial supplements. He reported this morning that his ears 'feel much better, and are no longer stuffy'. YIPPIEIElE. Of course I'll keep a close eye on things, and of course if symptoms return or get worse, then I'll take him to a doctor. And then, if absolutely necessary, I'll put him on an antibiotic...

Gotta go now.. Later...


At 2:42 PM, January 14, 2009 , Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

Where do you get these magic ear ache tablets and what do they taste like?

At 1:50 AM, January 15, 2009 , Anonymous navywifeandmom said...

Never used the earache tablets, but the teething tablets did wonders for all my babies. And Bay-bee-Q is drooling up a storm at five months so likely I'll be getting some of those again!

At 3:33 AM, January 15, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing for Ear infection or swimmers ear is the eardoc. With the Eardoc there relay inst any problem. as it is non invasive and it treats the problem and not the symptoms

At 10:28 AM, January 15, 2009 , Blogger Petra said...

Michelle - I got mine at my local CVS. I've also seen them at Whole Foods market.

Here is the Hyland's website. They have tons of really good stuff.

As to taste - these are really really small tablets in a lactose base (not too crazy about that fact - and it also means I cannot use these for Potatey). They almost immediately fall apart in the mouth. Taste is a bit chalky, but nothing a few sips of water after can't take care of.

For full disclosure - I avoid any dairy derivatives like the plague due to Potatey's extreme dairy allergy. Lactose technically is free of the milk proteins, but I am not willing to take the risk with him. Salamander has a complex reaction to milk proteins (blend of IgG, IgE and IgA), but he does 'OK' with miniscule amounts of lactose (like you find in these tablets). Another thing too is that Salamander is home sick today, he started throwing up as we were waiting for the school bus. He tells me his ears are fine, but that his stomach really hurts. This could potentially be a response to the lactose, but I really don't think so. The stomach ache is more likely a 'purge/detox' response to the fact that I bumped up his B-12 at the beginning of the week.

NavyWife - oh yes, the teething tablets!!!! My guys were late teethers - 10 and 13 months respectively, but then they grew 4 or 5 teeth at the same time. So the poor kids were in so much pain (and looked like Rocky Balboa after one of his boxing matches).

Anonymous - thanks for the info. Looks like an interesting gizmo.


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