How Our Ears Are Like Windows 98: Friday’s “What the frak?” moment

Friday’s “What the frak…?” moment (WTFM) is brought to you by………..

Your Inner Ear: What were They/She/He/It* thinking when They approved the design layout of the inner parts of your ear???

My 16 month old daughter has not been napping well this week.  She has also woken up in the middle of the night (4 AM) and refused to go back to sleep. With my Lil Diva, this typically means one or both of two things: Teething and/or An Ear Infection.

I know she’s still teething: her first year molars are in that horrible limbo of partially erupted yet still lurking beneath the surface.  The Drool Faucet is cranked to HIGH.  Pair that with Texas’s Cedar Fever and the dry winter air and you have the perfect trifecta for How to Get An Ear Infection.

On the agenda this morning: waste copious amounts of time to schlep Lil Diva (and The Tackler, because he isn’t at the Stay Home Alone age yet at almost four) to have the doctor look in her ears for ten seconds to confirm or deny my suspicions.

From the outside, you'd have no idea of the trouble that lurks within.

If confirmed, it will be the fifth ear infection since last October.  Or is that sixth? I’ve already lost count.

We need a parenting class that teaches us how to use The Ear Flashlight – so we can stop wasting money for these constant visits.

Then again, maybe it’s a cash cow for pediatricians. I know they profited heavily from the Tackler’s constant ear infections – until we bit the bullet and put tubes in his ears.

Now, I’m witnessing the same pattern emerge with my Lil Diva.

So I have to ask: What the frak was Our Designer(s) thinking when they approved the layout for the inner workings of our ears?

Did They not beta test it out first? Did They wave off  the “high potential fail rate for the first four years and after age 75” as acceptable?  If a business sent out a product with this many flaws…… well we’d have to call it Windows 98.

What did parents do before antibiotics and pain medication?  Drug their children with whiskey from the still so their children passed the first few years in drunken stupor?

Or are ear infections more prevalent these days, like allergies?

Or am I just cursed with children whose ears are in the #fail category if paired with any sort of congestion?

Come on…. what the frak?!?!

Did you have a “what the frak” moment this week?

*Terms used to cover all religions.
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About Kelly K @ Dances with Chaos

Kelly K has learned the five steps to surviving of motherhood: 1) Don't get mad. Grab your camera. 2) Take a photograph. 3) Blog about it. 4) Laugh. 5) Repeat. She shares these tales at Dances with Chaos in order to preserve what tiny amount of sanity remains. You can also find her on her sister blog, Writing with Chaos (www.writingwithchaos.com) sharing memoir and engaging in her true love: fiction writing. It's cheaper than therapy.
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6 Responses to How Our Ears Are Like Windows 98: Friday’s “What the frak?” moment

  1. We went thru that with my son too til we did the tubes. You are so right, why can’t we all have the stinkin’ ear flashlight? I hope Lil Diva feels better soon!

  2. marinasleeps says:

    Totally hear u! I have been battling ear infections the past two weeks for three kids. I’m just about done.

    • I’m not sure how you’re standing with three kids with ear infections – we had a double dose of both kids for one week and it was EVIL.

      Unless you didn’t mind four hours of interrupted sleep… I hope they’re finally feeling better.

  3. Only one of my four kids did not have chronic ear infections. The design is totally flawed. Hope your little one is better soon. Diane

    • See, those odds are just not right.

      They do grow out of it though, right? Right?

      Go ahead. It’s okay to lie to me. 🙂

      Fyi, love your blog… I kept meaning to comment on the snow one and kept getting interrupted (I would’ve killed for 10 days of snow days as a kid – unheard of more than two…).

  4. Pingback: The Bad News Versus the Good News: What the frak happened now?? | Dances with Chaos

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