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Although steroids have been used to treat edema and inflammation in other otolaryngologic diseases, their role in the treatment of peritonsillar abscess has not been extensively studied. A recent study reported that 32 patients who received a single high dose of steroids (methylprednisolone [DepoMedrol] 2 to 3 mg per kg up to 250 mg) intravenously plus antibiotics responded much more quickly to treatment than 28 patients who received antibiotics plus placebo. 17 The use of steroids in the treatment of peritonsillar abscess appears to help speed recovery, but additional studies are needed before making a recommendation for their routine use. 6 , 17
One of my committee members is only a year older than me and will go up for tenure next year. She has a 2 month old baby and is looking at houses with her husband, also an academic. We live in an incredibly expensive city, as I mentioned before. A friend took a TT job in a mid-sized city two years ago and had a baby last year. Neither she nor her husband make a fortune, but they bought a house and have their kid. Somehow dual-income families in much lower wage brackets manage to have kids all the time; it only seems to be academics who require certain salaries to deal with the sacrifices of child rearing.