Monday, September 23, 2013

Pink Eye, Not As Cute As It Sounds

Who doesn't love the color pink? And eyes are great, right? Well, when you put those two hands together, my friend, you get a gunky, disgusting mess.

After his eyes had cleared up. I'll spare you the gunky pictures. Check out our new chevron pillows!
Ben came down with a raging case of the pinkeye on Friday morning. Luckily, I was home for my flex day, so it was really perfect timing to come down with pinkeye, if he had to have it. I was already home with him, and he had plenty of time for the antibiotics to kick in before Monday.

Ben and I started coming down with (another) cold early last week. Dan actually caught this one too, so the whole family has been down for the count. Ben hasn't had a fever though, and besides the congestion, the cold hasn't been horrible. So he has been going to daycare, and we have been going to work. However, on Thursday, it was rough for me at work with non-stop sneezing and being up from 5:30am with Ben. I would have gone home early, but I couldn't unfortunately due to something that had to be reviewed with my boss. Thems the breaks! I was much better the next day, which is good because I had to deal with Ben's pinkeye.

I noticed that he had something in his eye that morning, but I didn't think too much of it. I thought it was just regular gunk that had floated to the middle somehow. I put him down for his nap. When he woke up an hour and a half later, I realized that something was not right. The amount of gunk had basically quadrupled and his eyes were all puffy. I called the pediatrician's office. We had just missed the "walk-in" hours, and they couldn't fit us in until 4pm. So I was pretty much wiping gunk out of his eyes all day. The one positive was that by the time I brought him in, his eyes looked so bad that they prescribed him oral antibiotics AND antibiotic eye drops. Yay!

The good news is that his eyes cleared up VERY quickly after he took the meds. I have always been so grossed out and scared of pinkeye. Now, it doesn't worry me so much. Once you get those meds, it is taken care of pretty quickly. Honestly, I would rather him get pinkeye than a cold. A cold lasts MUCH longer. This time, he had both. Booo. I guess pinkeye can be caused by a virus (like a cold) or a bacteria. His was probably related to his cold. But I guess it is still contagious? I don't know, I am not a doctor! Stop hassling me!

Fingers crossed that Dan and I don't pick it up! A friend of mine caught her son's pinkeye a WEEK after his had cleared up, so I guess we are not out of the woods yet.

Ben is getting over his cold now, which means we are at the thick remnants snot and cough stage. Which means I was up with him at 5am. MONDAY FUNDAY! ;)

Chilling on Sunday morning in our PJs.
I'm allowing this pic snapped by Dan of me without makeup, because it is mercifully blurry.

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