My Bobbeen gets Pink Eye

Poor little Seece. Sunday morning she woke with a crusty and goopily sealed shut eye. It wasn’t too pink but it sure looked icky.
As the day went on it got more and more pink. Monday morning there was a lot of discharge and it was itching and burning and driving her crazy. I called the pediatrician who called in a prescription for her.

Last night we started the eyedrops. This morning her eye was super red and swollen and had even more discharge. It worried me and I figured above everything I want to have an exact diagnosis from someone who knows what they’re talking about (I barely trust my pediatrician to correctly diagnose a measly cold) so I took her to an ophthalmologist. He prescribed an entirely different eye drop and said she would be highly contagious for 7-10 days and to keep her away from others as much as possible.
I stood there searching for the words to ask about her school, frustration and anxiety filling me up at the thought of her missing a week of school just as she’s settling into it. “Would you say she must miss school this week?” I’m pretty sure my voice perfectly declared my desire for her to not miss much school.
He sat and considered, “You know when someone gets pink eye like this they really should stay home and away from others. Obviously not everyone does that. But if it’s possible, yes she should stay home from school.”

Darn it!

I’m so devastated for Sierra missing school. She is so great in school {I’ll have to blog more about that later! 🙂 } but she just loves it. I feel like I’m taking away something she loves. Which is, true. haha

Early on, yesterday.
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This doesn’t have to do with Sierra’s pink eye but it was mixed in with her pink eye pictures… Ember got outside with Payson (without permission, that boy!) and got covered in dirt. Her mouth was caked with it too, which has me wondering how much she ate 😛 haha
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When I called the doctor this morning they set me up for an appointment right away. Luckily this doctor was REALLY close to our house (we live far from town, this doctor was only 15 minutes away!) so we all jumped in the car and went straight down there.
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Because we were bored.out.of.our.minds waiting in that small area I took some pictures for her album.
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It was cute watching her with the nurse and the doctor. She’s such a smart, friendly child.
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Ember was not happy about being there. She was really upset and when I finally held her she cried more because I wasn’t letting her unzip my sweater. She grunted and whined and kicked and signed “milk” aggressively. haha. Finally I couldn’t take her screaming and nursed her in that room. I so didn’t want to because it’s an eye doctor and she’s a toddler now and… well, I just plain old didn’t feel like having my boob out even though it only takes me a split second to cover up once I hear the doctor at the door. I hate fumbling with my shirt under my sweater once a doctor is in the room. Unless it’s the pediatrician or my OBGYN or family practice doctor. They’ve seen me breastfeeding (under a cover) plenty of times and it’s not a big deal. A male eye doctor. Just not the same!
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But anyway, I finished breastfeeding her long before he came in because it was like an hour wait! And the kids did ok. I was bummed having all four with me (Brooklyn home sick with the stomach flu) but it was a million times better than when the older three were little and coming to my OBGYN appointments during my pregnancy with Ember!
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One thought on “My Bobbeen gets Pink Eye

  • Oh my gosh, that look TERRIBLE! I hope you can keep it contained to just one child… pink eye is so contagious.
    Peyton got pink eye once when she was in 1st grade and I made her stay home from school for two days. She was MISERABLE about it because she felt just fine and she loved school so much…it was hard for her to understand why she had to stay home when she wasn't really *sick*. It broke my heart to keep her home, too, because I knew that she wanted desperately to be at school.
    Having kids who love school is such a wonderful 'problem' to have, right?! lol

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