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My Life in Hell

The toddler is completely broken - I WANT MY DADDY.  Bob's decision to go to archery practice tonight instead of picking her up and coming home was very Indiana Jones.  He chose... poorly.

Said toddler has had a wicked bad cold since last Friday.  Apparently it's become an ear infection - it looks like she's got discharge from the ear that she says hurts.  Which means that the eardrum has ruptured.  From past experience, I know how horrifically painful that is - and there's not a damn thing I can do about it.  Unless it's the most God's awful encrustation of ear wax I've ever seen.  I'll call the pediatrician as soon as they open in the morning.

The cat has progressed from peeing on the bathroom rug, to peeing and shitting on a duffel bag in the hall, to peeing on my bed, to shitting on the rug in front of the couch.  Yesterday I thoroughly scrubbed the litterbox and brought it upstairs, while setting up an extra in the basement.  This morning, both boxes were pristine.  This afternoon, both boxes were pristine.  Someone, however, had peed on the loveseat.  I'm done with this.  Starting tonight, they're each getting locked in a bathroom with a litter box, a bowl of water, a bowl of food, and a towel to sleep on.  No one comes out until box training is re-established.  I am DONE.

It's just one damn thing after another.

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hugh_mannity
Mar. 23rd, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
Broken toddlers are the most miserable things in the universe. I do hope daddy can fix her.

As for the cats... I don't know what to say... at least nothing that the ASPCA and PETA would approve of.
kls_eloise
Mar. 23rd, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
Daddy makes it all better, so I'm letting him do all the heavy lifting for a little bit. She'll calm back down once she processes the "he went away, but he came back" formula.

The cats have lost their fuzzy little minds. They're on the verge of becoming collar and cuffs.
kebbykate
Mar. 23rd, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
So sorry for your troubles.
kls_eloise
Mar. 23rd, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
Standard family stuff, I figure. Making me pull my hair nonetheless.

This too shall pass...
yasmeanie
Mar. 23rd, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Eardrum rupturing
Been there,hated it. If the ooze is a brownish black that's definitely the eardrum. Some kiddie pain meds would be in order. Poor sweet thing I sure hope she is not broken for long. Damn Cats!!! I hate when they get like that. It's one reason I DO NOT miss having our kitties.
yasmeanie
Mar. 23rd, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
Re: Eardrum rupturing
Oh and STINKIN BOB!!!
kls_eloise
Mar. 23rd, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Eardrum rupturing
To be fair, he came straight home when summoned and is being daddy on the spot when she wants him. Once she processes that he really came home and it's all okay, this should settle down.

But yeah - I was seriously irked.
kls_eloise
Mar. 23rd, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Eardrum rupturing
I had *chronic* ear infections as a child and teen, so I'm intimately familiar with the process. Sadly, I'm also familiar with how it hurts, and I feel terrible for her. But I'll call the pediatrician as soon as they open, and we'll get that fixed up.

Not sure what the heck is going on with the cats, but I suspect wringing their fuzzy little necks would be sub-optimal in the long run.
yasmeanie
Mar. 23rd, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Eardrum rupturing
Same here which I why I feel for her. I constantly had ear infections and have partial hearing in my left ear due to the eardrum perforating twice. Glad Bob got home as quick as he could,there was no doubt in my mind that her daddy would be there. In case no one has said it in awhile you both are really great parents,justsoyaknow.
kls_eloise
Mar. 24th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: Eardrum rupturing
:-) That means a lot.
isabeau_lark
Mar. 23rd, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry herself is not feeling well. I broke my eardrum. It SUCKED!!

I don't blame you on the kitty front...and they seemed to be making such great progress last weekend.
kls_eloise
Mar. 23rd, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
I used to pop an eardrum anywhere from four to twelve times a year every year until I was about twelve - ruptured my first one at six months. My current doctor speculates that my eustachian tubes are pitched incorrectly, but short of an MRI of my head, there's no way to know for sure.

The upside to the eardrum finally rupturing is that it feels better with the pressure releaved.

I do not know WHAT is up with the cats. Perhaps you need to move in for a week.
safiya_shirazi
Mar. 23rd, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Hugs.

I'm really sorry that you and Charlotte are having such a hard time. There's nothing I can say to make it easier for either of you. Does Bob know how his choice affected her? The ear infection can only make it worse. (For both of you...) And the cat issues can't be making it easier for anyone.

If there's anything that I can do to help let me know.
kls_eloise
Mar. 23rd, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Oh yes - he's learned. I think that when she crawled into his lap at the dinner table and clung like a barnacle it all became clear.

Chalk all of this up to "learning experiences."
gwendolynbasing
Mar. 23rd, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
So I don't have an eardrum issue (thank goodness!) but Sammy has been refusing to use the litter box for about 8 months. Luckily, she is only using the basement floor, However, I recently put a disposable litter box (now replaced by a new real one) in the down stairs bathroom and it is working like a charm...unless she decides that I haven't cleaned it in the last 15 minutes, at which point she pees on the floor NEXT to it. She is 19 and cranky, so I forgive a lot, but really. Your two just need a swift womp up side the head. As if your life doesn't have enough drama in it! Good luck.
kls_eloise
Mar. 24th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh no! Well, I can certainly sympathize. Nishka is 15, but I'm not taking that as an excuse - she had this all down a couple of months ago.

You hit the nail on the head about the drama. I just need something to resolve...
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