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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

When a Hypochondriac and Neosporin Meet

Gia is finally on meds and I am hoping that means we have better days ahead (though she needs her antibiotic three times a day and she doesn't take meds well). Hopefully, this means she will eat better, too. I have new appreciation for parents that have a hard time getting their kids to eat. I NEVER had this until now (Tommy is picky but he at least eats a lot of the foods he does like) and I don't like it. Our grocery bill with Nico, the eating machine and Gia, the child that I have bought everything just to see if it will stick, has more than doubled. These days all she will eat is pizza and Fritos.

So, I mentioned that Belle got a rash from the gym mats and the doctor said that she doesn't give meds for it and that it will go away on its own. She said if it hurt or itched, Belle could put Neosporin on it. I had gotten Belle her own tube of Neosporin in case that was the route we were going. Around bedtime, this house is a zoo. There are meds to take, treatments to do, homework to check and everyone trying to get some downtime. All of that with arguing about getting into bed at a decent hour. On Wednesday night, I went out but came home at 10:00 and the kids were still up. The conversation below is what followed:

Belle: I am going to bed. Should I put the Neosporin on it now?
Me (working on retyping someone's summary): Yes.
Belle: How much do I put on? It doesn't itch but it kind of hurts.
Me (half listening): Just put as little as will cover it.
Belle: Just on the rash.
Me (making a minor mistake here): Yes, only on the part that itches or hurts.
She kissed me good night and went upstairs. Five minutes later, she returned.
Belle: Mom, there was another part on my leg that kind of itches and sometimes hurts so I put it on that too. Is that okay?
Me (wanting very much to be done with the summaries and still half listening): Yes, that's fine. Good night.
She kissed me again and left. Five minutes later, she was back.
Belle: Mom, I'm not sure but there is a spot on my stomach that I think I might have the bumps. Should I put it there?
Me (really should have looked but was so close to being done and a little aggravated that this child wouldn't stay in bed): Belle, it's fine. Good night!
She kissed me and left. Fifteen minutes later, she returned.
Belle: Mom, I put it on my arms because I thought they kind of itched but now they really itch. What should I do?
Me (staring at the sweet child of mine in disbelief at what I was afraid was true): Belle, your arms are nowhere near where the rash is. Where else did you put the Neosporin?
Belle (probably realizing too late, her mistake): Ummm...well....kind of...all over. I thought I was seeing the rash and some parts kind of itched and some kind of hurt. I'm going to take a shower tomorrow morning because I think I am allergic to Neosporin.
Me (still in disbelief that one conversation with me half listening could result in a whole tube of medicine gone): You are not allergic to it. It's not meant to be put on all of your body.
Belle (about to lose her temper because she realized that she made a mistake and of course, it is going to be my fault). Her voice in a very high pitch: Well, I only put it where it itched and I thought maybe if I put it all over the rash wouldn't go to those spots! I didn't know that it was going to make it itch worse! Is something bad going to happen because I put it all over! What's going to happen?!
Me (not wanting to admit to all of you that by this time it was close to 10:30 and Belle doesn't know the meaning of a fast shower so that was out of the question): Nothing. You'll take a shower tomorrow morning and it will be fine now GO TO BED!
Belle (mumbling up the stairs): Well, I didn't know that I was going to be allergic to it and I'm not even sure if those were real spots or just dry skin.

Today is Tuesday and she told me yesterday that she didn't put anything on it (because there was no more of it to put on) and the rash is almost all gone. I hope no one gets hurt anytime soon that would require any Neosporin. I haven't bought anymore yet for fear that just having some in the house would tempt Belle to try again to see if she was really allergic.


At January 10, 2012 at 7:47 AM , Blogger Kendra Mareva said...

LOL!! Was it the clear kind of Neosporin or the cream kind? Because if it was the clear kind she must have been all sticky too!!

At January 10, 2012 at 1:11 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Clear and she was!


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