Not in a huge tragic sort of way, but in a throw off your entire routine kind of way.
Just after dinner on Saturday night, Steve mentions that there’s something really weird on Charlie’s eye. I took one look and knew right away it was pink eye. I grabbed my phone and called the on-call pediatrician to see if they would call in some drops, or if they wanted me to take him to an urgent care. Thankfully, she called in drops to my Kroger. When I called to see if they were ready for pick-up, I found out the pharmacy was closed. (I thought it was open until 9 pm. Oops!) So I had to call bother the pediatrician again (who was clearly out to eat with her family) and ask that she call it in to the only 24 hour pharmacy around, CVS. She politely obliged, and was sure to remind me about the connection between pink eye and ear infections. (Which I didn’t remember, as all the other times we’ve suffered from pink eye, we did not have any issues with ear or sinus infections.)
I made my way up to CVS around 8:30…only to find an hour long wait.
There was a snowstorm coming in. (The same one that dumped 18 inches on Minneapolis.) And people needed their medications. An hour’s worth of people.
There was 1 pharmacist and 1 tech working. (Which I found a bit odd, seeing as they were the ONLY pharmacy open for miles at that hour. And they knew they would get slammed with the pending storm.)
There was a little boy back at my house who needed these drops before he went to bed, otherwise he might have woken with his eye sealed and swollen shut.
It was a long hour.
On Sunday morning, we stayed home from church. Steve wanted to take Ryan to church, but I convinced him that might not be a great idea because pink eye is so contagious. So we all stayed home. And what do you know, Ryan’s pink eye starts in the early afternoon on Sunday…in both eyes.
By Sunday night, Charlie’s one eyed pink eye has turned into two eyed pink eye…and I’m beginning to dread the eye drops more than they are! Each session ends up being a wrestling match…and the drop of medication inevitably hits their cheek or eyelash instead of their eyeball as they flail about and knock my hand away. *sigh*
Fast forward to Monday afternoon…everyone’s eyes are looking better. The kids are playing with a BIG box that arrived in the mail, coloring on it, turning it into a house. I’m chopping apples for dinner, when Charlie walks over and says, “My ear hurts.”
(I flashback to the pediatrician reminding me about the ear infections.)
Hoping that it wasn’t an ear infection and maybe just fluid behind his eardrum making that “popping sensation,” I have him take a few sips of water and yawn…hoping they will “pop.” He says they feel better and gets back to “his house.”
15 minutes later he comes over again and says he doesn’t feel good and that his ear hurts again. I take one look at it and called the pediatrician. It was bright red on the outside part of his ear, which is a sure sign of an ear infection.
They were all booked up for the afternoon, so we jumped in the car and went to urgent care.
(And by jumped, I really mean in a sloth like way. Because we all know that you can’t just jump in the car with 3 small children in 15 degree weather.)
Verdict: Double ear infection. More antibiotics.
Steve met us in the parking lot at Kroger after work and we did a quick car swap. He took the kids home and put the dinner that I was almost finished preparing into the oven, while I went in to get the meds and do some grocery shopping…in 20 minutes or less.
So I sped through Kroger with no list, no coupons, getting what we needed for the week. I did call Steve and ask him to read the list I’d already made…just to be sure I wouldn’t have to make another trip. In the end, I busted my $35/week challenge. And I’m OK with it. It was more important for me to make the most of my 20 minutes waiting for the medication and get back home to my little patient.
And these kinds of challenges can played another week.
So sorry for the “sun glare” in the photo. I’ve never seen such a disorganized “what I bought at the grocery store” photo, but I was lucky to get a photo last night!
- $1.67 frozen burritos – for Steve!
- And that might be it!
- Bananas, oranges, pineapple, cantaloupe, and blueberries for my sick one (they are his fave!)
Coupons Used – NONE! If you look closely, behind the box of Wheat Thins is my stack of coupons that I’d planned to use this week. Well, maybe you can’t tell, but behind the Wheat Thins was my list and stack of coupons.
Total spent at Kroger: $57.14
On Saturday morning, during a rare moment to myself (and before the pink eye insanity began), I stopped into Walgreens to buy a restaurant gift card for a friend who recently suffered a death in the family. While I’d seen ads for this year’s Jingle Cash at Walgreens, I didn’t know the specifics. So, I was pleasantly surprised that the catalina machine spit out a $5 Jingle Cash for me. *sweet*
So using my accidental Jingle Cash, what you see above cost me $.74! Would have been just $5.74 without the Jingle Cash, which still would have been a great deal for all these goodies!
Thanks to Andrea at Savings Lifestyle and Marcy at Stretching a Buck for posting the best deals and coupon matchups at my stores each week! Find the coupon match-ups for your grocery store at The Frugal Map!