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Nico developed an ear infection that got nasty enough yesterday evening for me to call 111. Saturday evening of a 4-day weekend is a rubbish time to access healthcare: the 111 computer systems were running slowly with the overload, but the screening nurse did her job carefully and referred us to local urgent care.  Urgent care did follow up assessment, but we agreed on an appointment this morning rather than me dragging Nico across town late at night.

He woke at least twice in the night in some distress, both times when he was due a new dose of painkillers.  (Ibuprofen is pretty effective; paracetamol, not so much, though better than nothing when it's too soon for more ibuprofen.)  It is dramatically obvious when he is in pain by the way his entire personality and demeanor changes, and when the painkiller dose is taking effect by the way he returns to his usual sunny self.  I am so glad the ibuprofen is so effective.

It was a bit of a struggle after the rough night, but even with stupid clock changes, I managed to get us out of the house and to his appointment on time.  To my complete lack of surprise he was prescribed a short course of penicillin. I asked about open pharmacies and was told airily "oh, Boots, Tesco, ASDA, I'm sure at least one of them will be open", so I biked over to them in turn (they are about 5 minutes apart) ... all closed. A quick google established that there was one (1) pharmacy open for the whole of Cambridge today, between 10am and 2pm only, and even further from home than we'd already come.

When we got there, it was a little local pharmacist and it was heaving with people queueing to hand in prescriptions and waiting to get them dispensed. Thankfully Nico was still cheerful and treating it all like an adventure, and I managed to keep him entertained for the 40-odd minutes we were there. I suspect the impulse purchase of a microwaveable Bagpuss helped:

In total I cycled over 14km today (normally it's ~6.5km to work via nursery). For some reason I slept most of the afternoon and have been fairly useless the rest of the day.

Date: 2016-03-27 21:17 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] feng_shui_house
*hugs* I well know the misery of an ear infection. Poor boy. I got really messed up because I went to a nurse at a local drug store who airily prescribed the wrong medicine- antibiotics do nothing if the cause is fungal. Did get one useful tip from the doctor I went to later- if the ear is 'itching' you can put in a drop or two of extra virgin olive oil. It feels a little odd, but it's soothing & does no harm.

Date: 2016-03-27 21:45 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] falena
Poor Nico. And poor you, who had to cycle all over. I can't believe there was only one open pharmacy in the whole of Cambridge.

Date: 2016-03-28 08:37 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] el_staplador
Oh good grief, that's pretty heroic. Hope you are able to rest well today.

Date: 2016-03-28 09:16 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kotturinn
Oh my, that was certainly not a restful day! Glad you did manage to get them and hope both you and Nico have a more restful day today.

Date: 2016-03-28 19:31 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nanila
I am very impressed that you did all that cycling, especially after a night of interrupted sleep! Wishing for a swift recovery for N, and some good rest for you.

Date: 2016-03-30 12:04 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lnr.livejournal.com
God, awful that there was only one pharmacy open, but I can't believe the OoH service didn't *know* that and wasted all your time and precious energy. Is that worth a complaint?

Hope Nico's feeling much better poor pet, and that you're not suffering too much from over-doing it.

Date: 2016-03-27 22:20 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feanelwa.livejournal.com
Oh, how unhelpful of them, and how car-owner-centred. But hurray for medicine.

Date: 2016-03-27 22:54 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] emperor
[livejournal.com profile] herring_le_chat would like to observe that "cats make everything better". I'm suprised the OOH people didn't know which OOH pharmacist was actually open :-/


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