Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Coughs, Ear Infections and a Muse Gone Missing

The cough started Sunday. We were downtown Chicago, doing booth duty at the dog expo in support of the Morris Service Dog Program. The 9:45 a.m. service dog demonstration came and went. E did great, showing everyone how Jewel retrieves her cane, carries her books and school supplies, and offers support while walking. Shortly afterward something changed. While chatting with booth visitors about Jewel, E started coughing and looking a bit wilty. At first I thought she was reacting to all the dog dander in the air. Cough drops and sips from a juice pouch didn't work. Neither did tissues. We said our good-byes, bundled E up, and headed home. The coughing worsened during the drive home, and then--as it often does--the fever came. Along with a sore throat, chills and body aches.

Yesterday was standing room only at the doctor's office. The pediatrician diagnosed an ear infection, wrote a script for antibiotics, and sent us on our way. Now all we have to do is pray that the meds kick in sooner rather than later so we can all get a good night's sleep.

I'm also praying that seeing E on the mend will coax my characters out of hiding (which they tend to do during times like these.)

Keeping my fingers and toes crossed they return soon.

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