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.