Thursday, January 18, 2007

mmmmm...crusty

Dudes. I am so tired. I think that when your kid is sick, it is actually harder on you, the parent, than it is on the child. Why? Because the parent gets to do the worrying.

We went to the doctor, and I'm glad we did because when Daughter woke up from her nap her right eye was completely swollen shut and crusted over with green goop. I don't even know what's up with this germ - 24 hours ago she was fine. The nurse practitioner who saw us said that in 16 years she has never seen a 21 month old child who has never been sick enough to require antibiotics. So I think we'll be getting a trophy, maybe, or possibly they will hang up our picture and a plaque in the office. Our streak is broken, though - Daughter was prescribed not one, but TWO medications to combat the sinus infection and the eye infection (an oral antibiotic, plus eye drops). They treat eye infections like this very aggressively, the NP said, because the eye is so close to the brain. Hey, what mother doesn't want to hear that? Super awesome.

Also, really, is there anything more fun than prying open a toddler's infected eye and squirting in some cold drops?

Poor baby. Poor mommy. Long day. I'm going to go collapse now.

6 comments:

Ann-Marie said...

oh i hear ya. my little one had pink eye in the summer and we had to give the drops 4x per day.
we made it an upside down game, but still.
go get some sleep......

Karen said...

Oh boy. Lots of thoughts and coffee being sent your way. Soooo sorry to hear how sick she is!!! That's terrible!

Teresa said...

DANG, POOR BABY! so sorry to hear that Kate, hang in there, and get help if you need it... Lil bit has never had to have ORAL antibiotics... but has had topical ones for diaper rash.. so don't know if that counts or not.

HangerMom said...

I've been very lucky where sickness and my kids are concerned, so I may get a trophy someday, too. But I still feel your pain. Heck, someone has to pry MY open for eyedrops (I hate putting anything in my eye), so I don't know if I could possibly do that to my kid. Ugh.

Pam said...

Seriously, with all the medical breakthoughs you'd think someone would have come up with something better then eye drops. Trying to get those drops into a toddler's eye is worse then the actual eye infection!

Hang in there! Those eye colds usually clear up pretty quick!

April said...

I seriously REMEMBER having a crusty eye as a child. I HATED the waking up. So very, very painful.