Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )
I am getting so tired of the constant argument I have to have with my MIL. She is the most wonderful person I know. She is great to me, and an awesome grandma, but she can't get it in her head that antibiotics don't cure everything! My youngest 2 (ages 3y and 4 months) have had croup at least twice this winter, and the youngest one was hospitalized for RSV about a month ago. All were viral infections. My MIL was mortified that they were never put on antibiotics. She is always convincing my husband (even when we didn't have insurance) to go see a doc for an antibiotic for a little sore throat, or a cough, or ANYTHING. I did go to an express care place 3 nights ago, because I was getting a sore throat that was so bad, I could hardly get water to go down. The doc there did a strep test and it came back neg, but was very concerned at how swollen my tonsils were that he gave me an antibiotic just in case it was some other bacteria. Last night my throat was getting worse, I was waking up constantly the night before, because when I would fall asleep and everything would relax and the swelling was cutting off my airway, and because I couldn't swallow food, the antibiotics and the 600mg of motrin I was to be taking, were killing my stomach. My doc couldn't get me in her office til Fri, so I went to the ER. The ER doc was convinced it was a viral infection and gave me steroids to get the swelling down and D/C'd the antibiotic. My MIL watched our kids while we were gone, and when we came back, she told me I should just take the antibiotics anyway since I already had it! I tried to tell her that it is a viral infection and antibiotics only kill bacteria, and it is very bad to take an antibiotic when you don't need it, but she just isn't convinced. Does anyone else ever struggle with this? Have you found a way to get through to people, and more specifically the older generation who were taught that antibiotics cure everything?