We go to the pediatrician so often we almost always see the same receptionist. She knows us on sight. (Granted, we generally go on the weekend or at 6 pm on Wednesday). Our kids are pretty healthy, overall. How often must people with kids with chronic illnesses be at the doctor's office?
This weekend we brought Avery in because of a suspected ear infection. She woke up several times Thursday night (and just wanted snuggles). Friday night she screamed from 12:30-2 am, finally calming with Motrin and 4 oz of milk. Saturday she was a little fussy. Saturday afternoon I picked her up from her carseat and her ear was wet. Awesome.
We brought her in Sunday morning since she was STILL fussy - but no fever - and sure enough, a raging double ear infection. Bad enough to win a return visit in 2 weeks to check on it. This is her third, I THINK - my memory is failing me in old age; I don't know how people with higher order multiples keep their babies' names straight - and at our 9 month visit our doctor said we'll see how the summer goes before talking about tubes....yea, so its not quite June. I think we'll be talking tubes when we go back in two weeks (we saw the on-call doctor this weekend). For extra awesomeness, since she broke out in hives last time she had amoxocillin, she is on Omnicef, which apparently causes maroon poo and a lot of it (I am assuming that last part since the doctor proactively gave us probiotic samples). So we sent her to daycare in disposables today...cloth diaper laundry doesn't bug me at all but I am not ambitious enough to deal with dozens of red runny stools.
We were last at the pediatrician just 17 days ago too for a weight check (Quinn) and breathing treatment follow up (Avery) too (and two days before that for a case of croup in Quinn). Thank goodness for good health insurance (and $15 copays).