Toothpaste suspicions were accurate. Something inside was brewing. My son and I knew it through out unspoken bond.
The irony is that we had a well visit scheduled for that evening. I was happy to have a set of professional eyes on Kelsey to assure all was well. All seemed well so my fears were squelched.
That was until 2:00 AM when a child awoke agonizing in pain. It was her ear. It went on until 6:00 AM when I could provide another dose of a medicine that I hoped would do the trick. My choice in the middle of the night did anything but the trick and the pain just grew at a steady pace.
In those moments, though an ear infection seems to have developed over night, the mind still drifts. The worry increases as do the screams of pain. You hope the morning will bring her relief. You hope your family will have a sense of relief, too.
It was only an ear infection, thankfully. Four days later, the pain finally dissipated. A few days of medication left, you hope that will be the end.