Drum roll please!
The silver lining to our ear infection misadventure? Little Miss got her first job! After we finished all the regular doctor visit stuff, her doctor told us their clinic was running a clinical research study on ear pain drops for kids with ear infections and she qualified! How lucky could one little girl be?
At this point we got to stick around for an hour which was definitely the most annoying part. Luckily Little Miss had already started perking up and the super nice nurses brought her snacks and toys. (Truth be told, she probably had more fun there than she would have had at home.) The nurses did pain assessments at 15, 30 and 60 minutes after dosing and then we were free to go. At home, I administered the ear drops every 3 hours for 24 hours (as long as she was awake) and performed pain assessments at varying intervals for 72 hours. The pain assessments took about 5 seconds to do (especially since Little Miss basically acted like nothing was wrong). Putting in the ear drops was not her favorite thing but she got pretty good at it. Have I mentioned I have the most awesome two-year-old ever? At the end of the 72 hours we had another appointment where the nurses checked her temperature and pulse, the doctor confirmed her ear was healing and I performed her final pain assessment. Ten minutes later we waltzed out of there with one big fat check.
Why do I tell you all of this? Just to brag about how cool we are. Isn’t that what blogging is all about? Ha. Seriously though, clinical research studies are important and I would hope anyone would participate given the opportunity. These studies tell us invaluable information about medications that may—or may not—make a big difference in people’s lives while also giving study participants a peek at what goes on “behind the [pharmaceutical] curtain.” Medical research would come to a standstill without people willing to participate in these studies. Not convinced? How about I brag some more about our awesome experience?
Bonus #1: This study was for a medication that has actually been around forever and I have dispensed a LOT (A/B Otic drops in case you know what those are). The medication has been around so long it was in use before the FDA started regulating how drug approvals which is why researchers are now going back and performing studies to show the safety and efficacy of the drops. All of that was awesome to me because it meant this was a very low risk study (I don’t really want to experiment on my children—no matter how much they get paid). In fact, it is fully possible that the doctor would have prescribed these drops anyway if the clinic wasn’t doing the study.
Bonus #2: I got reimbursed for the $20 co-pay I had paid when we checked in at the doctor’s office. Nothing beats free medical care. Especially since this was some of the most attentive care we have ever received. I think the nurses called every night give us reminders and to make sure Little Miss was doing okay.
Bonus #3: Little Miss got paid $125 cash money* for her participation in the study (and, let’s face it, I did all the work). In the spirit of full disclosure, not all studies pay their participants but payment becomes more common when the studies require more work from the participants. All that moolah is now safely tucked away in Little Miss’ tax-free college savings account. Wahoo!
Are you jealous yet? Good! Now go out and sign up for a study!
*This is one of Mr. White Coat Mom’s favorite sayings.