I had noticed that Ivy had been coughing quite a bit lately. Especially last night at the barn while I was giving riding lessons. I brought her home after Saddle Club and gave her a little Tylenol and read her a story in bed before she went to sleep. I was a little worried she could be coming down with something - so the following morning I called the Dr. to make an appointment to get her cough checked out. Thankfully, they were able to get her in that afternoon.
I'd been down in the kitchen making some muffins for breakfast and I heard her little feet come down over the stairs - along with that dreaded cough. She sat down in her little TV rocker by the fireplace and turned on My Little Pony to watch while the muffin's cooled off. I mentioned to her that we had to go and visit the Dr. to help her cough out, and she naturally wasn't too happy with that idea. We spent the morning watching cartoons and generally laying low.
By the time afternoon rolled around her poor cough was starting to sound worse. I'm glad I had made that appointment. I packed up my purse and we were on our way to the Dr.'s Office. It's about a 45 minute drive from our house in the country - so we brought some fun silly music to listen to in the car on the way - I had really hoped she would fall asleep and get a nap in on the way.
|Getting ready to leave|
|Here we go|
|This is it..|
|Meeting the Dr.|
|Heading to the Pediatric Wing|
|Ivy standing on the scale|
|Measuring her height|
She had listened to her lungs and she heard a bit of a 'wet cough' She was a bit bronchial. She prescribed me some children's Robitussin and some Tylenol - she had a low grade fever. She continued on her exam and asked me to return a week later for a re-check. Ivy was given a sticker for her amazing behavior in the exam room.
We left the room with our instructions and headed out of the hospital and to the car. Luckily, there was a Wall*Mart down the road we could go and visit to pick up our things.
|Leaving the Hospital|
|Helping her into her carseat|
|On our way|
|Headed to Wall*Mart|
|Wall*Mart Parking Lot|
|Pick A Pal!|
|Ivy's new bear|
|Time to head home|
When I started the car back up in the Wall*Mart parking lot, my gas light came on. Go figure. Luckily, there was a gas station just across the street. I pulled in as quickly as I could and hopped out to pump gas. While I was pumping gas a stray dog came wandering up to me. She was definitely homeless and looking a bit ragged. I wasn't sure what to do with her, really.
|Petting the dog|
The dog eventually walked away and headed down the road. I was a little concerned for her - so I put in a call to the local shelter and hoped someone would come out and pick her up.
Across the street there was a car wash - Ivy hadn't been in through one for a long time - so I decided to lift our spirits we would spin through and have a giggle in the carwash.
|Ivy's shocked face|
We finally arrived home. Ivy had fallen asleep in the car and I picked her up and carried her inside. I set her in front of the TV in her favorite spot for some cartoons while I unloaded the groceries and measured out her first dose of medicine.
|My sleepy girl|
|Cartoons fix everything|
|Putting away the groceries|
Overall, we had a long day. I hope that Ivy feels a bit better soon. Her medicine should start taking effect tomorrow. It is that time of year afterall.. flu season is upon us. Hoping for a healthy happy fall and winter!