On Monday May 9th, I got a call from the school nurse that Becca had been in the office complaining that her ear was bothering her. She has never had an ear infection, but does have earwax issues, and I figured that was the problem. When they got home from school, we put some drops in her ears and cleaned them out. She said it helped a little, but it was hurting still. She has dance on Monday nights, she still wanted to go, so off we went. Sometimes a little perspective is needed. When she was in class and I looked in on her, I could tell something was wrong with her. I pulled her out of class and headed home. She was sound asleep within 5 minutes in the car. She whimpered all night about her ear hurting and she started running a low temp.
In the morning we went to the doctor. I thought with the temp and the ear pain she might have her first inner ear infection. The doctor looked in the ear and said, no, it looked like a bad case of swimmers ear, not an inner ear infection. She was writing me a prescription for ear drops and I asked if this would cause her to have a fever and she said probably not. I reminded her that she did indeed have a fever. After a few more questions without the answers she wanted, the doctor decided to rule out everything, a strep test was in order. It came back positive.
So for her birthday, she got strep for the first time. After 24 hours of medicine, she is considered not contagious. So she was home on her birthday, because she was still a little tired. She told us at the beginning of the year, that on her birthday, she would get her ears pierced. She didn't want an audience, so I took her up during the day and got this done.