“Pink Eye.” Or, “Duh.”

Last week, my 11yo son Ethan had a very red left eye.  He graciously let me pry open his eyelids so I could get a better look. (What is it about motherhood that makes one strangely enjoy literally picking on one’s kids, like a grooming chimp or something?)  On the whites (sclera?) of his eye, amongst the bloodshot vessels, was a strange bump.  I immediately got very worried, thought it must be Pink Eye/conjunctivitis or something, and told my husband, who immediately told me to calm down, that I always think something is wrong with our kids.  Hmph.

Ethan’s eye did clear up in the next day or two… but then, I noticed MY eyes looking very red, inflamed red even, extremely bloodshot, and sore.  Goodness!  I was right!  Ethan did have something contagious!!  Of course, I alerted my husband, who, peering into my eyes, said, “Hm.  They do look a little bloodshot.  But, I don’t think you caught anything from Ethan.”  Hmph.  The proof was right in front of him!

A couple of hours later that night, as I was yawning and getting ready for bed, it dawned on me:  For the last three weeks, I have, at most, gotten about 5 hours of sleep each night.  Hm.  Think chronic lack of sleep might play into the fact that my eyes are bloodshot??  The whole thing dawned on me with a resounding, “Duh.”

I bet that when Fiala starts sleeping for a longer clip at night that my Pink Eye magically clears up.  :blush:


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on November 14, 2008, in Babies, Medical Stuff, Motherhood, The Dear Hubby, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. “Hmph.” [laughing] Love it!

    I’m glad you’ve got balance in your household: Caution and reason. An important mix [smile].


  2. btw, know what really works for clearing up pink eye? Chammomile. Make a tea with it and soak a clean white cloth in it and apply it to the eye. I’ve also rinsed eyes with weak chammomile tea, too. Clears up pretty quickly.


    As for the “Duh”…..I’m with ya. I looked in the mirror the other day and my eyes had dark circles and I starting thinking that maybe my hemoglobin had gone down again and was trying to remember if I’d taken my vitamins. Then I realized I was just TIRED!!! LOL!

  3. Luke ~ Always glad to amuse you. 🙂 Although, I must say that some defensiveness rose up when I realized what you were saying: I was the voice of Caution, and my husband was the voice of Reason. I have always thought myself highly reasonable, and my husband lacking in logic. My, how parenthood changes things.

    Daja ~ I’ll remember that about chamomile!!!! Last time conjunctivitis swept through our household, I used colloidal silver, which knocks it out, too. However, I just remembered that as I was pondering your suggestion. Duh again. I could have just dropped some colloidal silver in Ethan’s eyes, or my own, and worry would have been averted. 🙄 And, you have trouble keeping your hemoglobin up? I didn’t know that.

  4. In the immortal words of Chef:

    “That ain’t no ___-_____ pinkeye! That’s the livin’ dead!”

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