All For Me!!!!!

It's been a rough week around here.  Vivi came down with her first ever ear infection which has left her miserable and whimpering in pain.  She would be okay during the day but around dinnertime she would spike a high fever and then descend into a pit of discomfort. We all have been paying the price with lack of sleep and short tempers.  

The challenge for us is that we didn't really know what to do.   Antibiotics generally aren't prescribed for ear infections and my husband's homeopathy was not working.  We finally got her some liquid children's Tylenol to cope with the pain but I cringed after reading the ingredients. Is it really necessary to put in parabens, high fructose corn syrup, and red #40 in there especially when your kid still says, "Mommy, why do they have to make it taste so gross?"  The medicine seemed more harmful than the infection so that's when I decided to put some olive oil and garlic in her ear.  Vivi's nursery school teacher said that some parents swear by it so I thought I'd give it a try.

When my husband came home and I told him what I had done, he said, "That's supposed to be really effective."  Of course I had to ask why the flip didn't we try it three days ago?  Grrr..... Anyway, it cured her!  She woke up yesterday morning as her usual, high-fashion, sassy self and we all did a little happy dance.

This morning, the terrible sore throat, stuffed head, and ringing in my ears was all for me!  I am a little ticked-off that I am sick but not enough to forgo this.  I won a spot in a one day wellness retreat and I am so excited.  I get the entire late afternoon and evening all to myself. And you know what? I think it is going to be way more effective than oil and garlic!

Linking up to Dolli-Mama's Me Time Challenge.


  1. I did not know about the garlic/olive oil thing! How did we (American at least) become so reliant on chemicals and the medical model? Have fun at your retreat....guess we'll hear about it later???

  2. Glad she is feeling better! Poor baby....neither one of my 2 have had ear infections either. Like above that first for me to have heard of garlic/olive oil! Interesting! Have a great time on your retreat!

  3. A wellness retreat? That sounds awesome. Go you!

  4. Ugh, we're dealing with a double ear infection with our almost 3 year old - thanks for the garlic & olive oil tip, never heard of it!

  5. Having had a toddler with undiagnosed mono for a month in the fall, I completely understand the lack of sleep and all that goes with having a sick child. Glad to hear that she's back to herself again.

    Enjoy your retreat. Hoping to hear about it soon!


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