Dylan wakes up this morning to tell me about her terrible sore throat. She coughs for emphasis.
I immediately give her Children’s Motrin.
Then I immediately remember there is some recall list on children’s medication.
I pull it up online and confirm that the Children’s Motrin I just gave her is indeed recalled. I have succeeded in making a parenting mistake before 6 AM.
I consider calling her pediatrician’s office to ask about the ramifications of giving recalled medicine but I decide to tweet about it instead. Mom 101 calms me by tweeting that I shouldn’t panic. She says, if anything, Dylan just got too little medicine in the dosage. I feel better. If Mom 101 isn’t a doctor already, she should be.
“Dylan, I think you should skip camp if you’re not feeling well,” I say.
“Yes. I don’t think I should go to camp,” Dylan agrees.
“So get dressed. I’m taking you to the doctor instead.”
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I don’t want to go to the doctor. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.”
“Honey, if you’re sick, we just need to have the doctor check you. There are no shots or anything. She’ll just take a quick look at your throat.”
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I don’t want to go. My throat doesn’t hurt anymore.”
“It seriously doesn’t hurt or you just don’t want to go to the doctor?”
“It really doesn’t hurt anymore,” Dylan insists.
“Well, if your throat doesn’t hurt, then you are going to camp.”
And Dylan happily went to camp today.
As Summer pointed out, her throat got better like magic.