What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pink Eye Protocol

Just wanted to thank everyone for all your great support in my hissy-fit post below.

WHEN I have a truly bad day, I try not to spout of my problems to the world~ I like very much to keep them private. Of course, most bad days I have my soundingboard (Matt) present, too.

I am glad, though, that I had my little hissy-fit here because you all were so supportive and offered some great suggestions: from ice cream to pink eye ! I was surprised at the breast milk idea (and I admit, I laughed at it too because you know it SOUNDS funny!!!) and would have tried it, had my little squirt not mournfully weaned herself BEFORE her first birthday. (Stinker)

After reading that 65% of people given placebo recovered just as well as those given antibiotic in a clinical stufy, I felt pretty safe to do some fiddling.

Matt has struggled with blephritis in the past and was instructed to lube up his eyes with bacitracin every night after washing them with baby soap so I thought about that for myself...then I looked at the bottle and it said KEEP AWAY FROM EYES. Of course, big print like that made me a wee bit nervous. But then I found this site, which confirmed what HE knew and what a few of you knew...that it is actually prescribed at times.

So, I feel confident in my sans-doctor-visit, self-doctoring.

Here is my pink-eye protocol:

  • Dispose of contacts (waaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh)
  • Wash eyes with baby soap thoroughly. Use different washclothes for each eye. (I treated my left as though I had it too, in an effort to prevent it from spreading)
  • Hold (again, separate) hot water compresses on eyes throughout the day
  • Before bed, lube up your eyes with Neosporin
  • Change pillowcase every night.
  • Wash hands well throughout the day and avoid touching eyes

I am Day three into the pink eye but immediately after initializing protocol (doesn't this all sound so....technical?!?) my eyes stopped gooping and the pinkish color is almost completely gone.

So, besides not being able to wear make-up due to ointment eyes, squinting into glasses that aren't my current prescription, wearing bent-up, black frames from 15 years ago that are SO not "in" right now, showering and/or dressing blind, and feeling positively hideous right now, I am feeling pretty darn good.


Anonymous said...

Please try a chamomile tea bag that you have brewed strongly and apply the slightly warm bag on your eye. Put a few drops of the warm tea in your eye as well. It is so soothing and works wonders for any eye problem.

Terri said...

Wow, I'm glad that all worked. I never would of thought you could of treated it yourself. I'm glad you are feeling better!

...they call me mommy... said...

LOL! Sorry...you are just so funny! I don't mean to laugh at all your misfortunes but you write them in such a humorous way...I end up walking away from you blog feeling guilty about laughing so hard at your troubles! HAHA! :)

Thanks a lot for all the guilt!
PS-Glad things seem to be clearing up!

Pitsch Family said...

I agree with the last girl thanks for letting us hear of your troubles and laugh with you. True honesty is such a rare comodity these days.:) I truly appreciate hearing about someone else that is human and has OFF days.
Thanks for the tips for Pink Eye. We will def try it as my eyes tend to be sensitive to infections.
Have a blessed day.

MameyJane said...

LOL! Oooh, I so love dressing/showering blind part. I, too, am blind. I, too have glasses from 15 years ago. But mine are broke and the lenses are missing. And I'm on my last pair of contacts. And I've been wearing them for 6 months. And they're starting to itch. And somehow I can't remember to make myself an eye appointment. Maybe cuz I know I'd have to bring my 3 wild 'uns along for the trip?

This post reminds me of how my oldest used to steal my glasses from my nightstand in the mornings. He was about 1 1/2 and woke up before me and would come and get them and I'd be on my hands and knees, groping through the house for my glasses!! I even had to call friends over a couple of times to help me look for them because I couldn't SEE to find the darn things!

Sorry..you probably didn't care to know that little story :).