Good: Getting tubes in his ears means Daniel is less likely to get ear infections.
Bad: Having tubes in your ears does not completely eliminate the possibility of an ear infection.
Good: All the kindergarten and first grade classes had a music concert this morning. They were all dressed like animals. It was adorable.
Bad: Daniel looked pale and miserable from the get-go, and was on the verge of tears the whole time.
Good: He did NOT throw up on the girl in front of him. (He didn't throw up at all, in fact. Thank goodness.)
Bad: But he was still feeling bad, so 10 minutes into the concert, I asked his teacher to check on him. He insisted he was fine, but I could tell he wasn't, so after a few more minutes I went to check on him, and he admitted he wasn't feeling well, so we left. All this happened mid-concert in front of hundreds of parents, by the way. An hour later at the urgent care clinic, the PA diagnosed him with an ear infection.
Good: If you have tubes in your ears, infections can be treated with antibiotic ear drops. No yucky medicine to swallow!
Bad: It's bloody tricky to get those drops in properly. I did my best, but I fear some of the medicine just drained out right away.
Good: The ear drops are supposed to work quickly, so there's a chance Daniel will be ready to go back to school tomorrow already.
Bad: I'm afraid the other ear will start to hurt and I'll have to bring him home again.
Good: Ear infections are not contagious.
Bad: But head lice are! A note was sent home yesterday alerting all parents in Daniel's class that someone was recently treated for head lice and we are to be on the lookout.
I think I might keep him home tomorrow, just to be on the safe side all the way around.