Temporary Blindness

Pink eye is so common you can get antibiotics for it without a prescription.  My son had it first and then I got it.

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I am 45 and that was the first time I had pink eye so I got it again a week later (or it never actually went away).  The second round was much worse, taking both eyes.  Here is a 7am-11am progression:

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You’ve probably had pink eye.  It sucks.  My eyes burned and my head throbbed all day long.  This happened to be the morning my son was home from school because of a teachers’ strike.  Also, there’s my toddler.  I am a person who does not get “sick days” because I am a Caregiver, so this also makes me a Public Health Hazard.  Yes we left the house.  Yes we ran errands.  Yes we probably went to a playground.  If you are wondering why you now have pink eye, look no further – if you can – I am Patient Zero.

The day after I took these photos I prevented our bike from tipping over using only my shin.

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This hurt very badly.  I should have went home immediately to ice it.

HA!  Self-care.  Hilarious.

Instead I continued to the grocery store and only after hauling up then unloading all the bags did I finally sit down and take off my boots.  Imagine my surprise/not surprise when I had to peel my sock out of the bloody crevasse.

I immediately texted my husband for sympathy and then posted on Facebook for sympathy because I am still a little bit human.  Then I carried my daughter upstairs to change her diaper and fight over socks and read stories and fill the humidifier and nestle and nurse and never once did I put on my life jacket first.

I don’t even know how you do that.  That’s what mothers hear all the time: take care of yourself so you can take care of everyone else!  Put your life jacket on before assisting others!  What life jacket?  I AM THE LIFE JACKET.

I have been getting some heat lately about giving everything of myself to my kids which is weird because I am required to give everything of myself to my kids even when gouged and blind.  So I ask, where is my sick day?  Can you get me an ice-pack?  Who exactly is putting on their life jacket before assisting me?  Hello?  No?  Then please:

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Step aside.  I’ve got groceries to put away and bandages to change.

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One thought on “Temporary Blindness

  1. Last time we dealt with Pink Eye, we were required to still go into the doctors. I thrilled to hear you can just call it in.
    I do hope things are improving. You still fabulous – you wear your wounds and illness well. Hugs!

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