As soon as the doctor came in she reassured us that this was not typical behavior for teething and that something else was definitely the culprit. This was relieving on one hand because then I felt like we could DO something about how bad he has been feeling. On the other hand I was sad because I felt like I should have caught it sooner, and gotten him in quicker. Once she looked at his ears she determined that the left one had been infected, but was on its way to healing itself. Then she looked at his right one and it was swollen and filled with fluid. Raging ear infection present. She gave us a tougher antibiotic than last time since he'd had an infection so recently and we've armed ourselves with probiotics to help counteract it.
After a big dinner, the first in a while, he's fast asleep now dosed up with the antibiotic, ibuprofen, and probiotics in his water bottle. I am crossing my fingers he'll get better rest tonight, but if he wakes I plan on having medicine at the ready to help with the pain.