Sunday, January 14, 2007

Woe is me...

I have acquired myself a lovely case of viral conjunctivis. I think it's a second whammy from a nasty cold I had at the end of December (with a fever, which is really unusual for me). I've been sniffling ever since, blowing my nose a lot, and I think that somehow the loveliness got transferred. Yuck.

I've been washing my hands every time I even *think* about touching my eyes, and no-one else in the family has come down with the pink-eye yet. (Although I must say it is much more like RED-eye!). I'm really really hoping that Ant doesn't get it. I'm miserable, I can only imagine how awful this must be for a baby who has no comprehension of why he can't open his eyes when he wakes up.

My PCP prescribed antibiotics for me, which did not work. So I went to an eye doc, who gave me eye drops with steroids in them. Thank god for those. I'm still uncomfortable, but at least I don't want to scratch my eyes out anymore.

The best part? There's nothing that can make this go away, except time. 7-10 flipping days!!! 5 down so far, with no real signs of improvement. I'm thinking about trying Zicam - if it works for colds, it might work for this, right????

The reason this sucks is multi-fold. First, my eyes are constantly leaking tears, so I have to dab at them with a tissue every 15-20 minutes. And then I have to wash my hands. All this wiping, plus cleaning that I have to do when I wake up in the morning in order to get my eyes unstuck, means that the skin under my eyes is incredibly dry. It looks as if I'm about 80 years old. I put moisturizer on this morning, and it stung like heck. And of course, all the handwashing means my hands are incredibly dry and sore too. Ugh.

7 comments:

S. said...

J had this about 1 1/2 months ago. I hope you feel better soon.

fitgrl said...

Nic - I sure hope that you get better soon! What a drag..
Sending healing thoughts your way!!

DD said...

Pink eye. Fun times. Do you remember when I had it about a year ago? Yuck.

Something that may help your eyes: at night goop them up with some vaseline. Use a tongue depressor to scoop a little out and to keep the main container uninfected. Dab it on your eyelashes and under the eyes. They won't be as sticky (or dry) in the morning. Warm washclothes work wonders w/some vaseline follow up as well. Just don't reuse the washcloth.

What I was most surprised about was when I got it, it wasn't from X, and he never got it from me, either.

Kellie said...

Yuck. My husband had the same thing over Christmas. The steroid drops were the only thing that really helped and it took him a good 10 days before he really felt any better.

Hope you feel better soon.

lucky #2 said...

Pink eye is so uncomfortable. I hope it clears quickly and that Ant doesn't get it!!!

elle said...

Bummer! Sorry to hear it. We had a case that all 3 of us got. You know what works - amazingly? Breast milk. Yup.

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