Thursday, January 24, 2013

Conjunctivitis Strikes Again... Times Three!

Crusty, Swollen, Red Eyes
are the tell-tale symptoms
I know that "Pink Eye" is a common thing among school-age children, but I don't recall ever having it nor had my own children until we moved here. I'm not blaming England, of course. That would be ridiculous. Yet, within a week after our arrival both The Boy and Nature Girl had it.

With just 3 days of school under his belt, The Boy brought it (and a cold for everyone) home again over the weekend. He missed school Monday (when he fell asleep on the way, I knew I had to keep him home). He's all better now, but both of the girls have it.

We're having a home-school day because Nature Girl's eyes are crusty and swollen; Sweet Rose is on day 3, but she missed school yesterday because of it and a terrible cough and she had a fever last night (related or not? Who knows with her), so she's home today as well. Why should I drag the girls to school (a 10 to 15 minute drive and then a short walk in the freezing cold from the street I'm not supposed to park on) to drop The Boy off when he'll just cry (but only for a few minutes) and it isn't necessary that he go - it's playschool, not a structured preschool.

I am putting the children to aid with the task of disinfecting our house. They'll be armed with paper towels and germ-killing spray for door knobs and light-switches. Bedding is being washed at the hottest temperatures and toys will have to be sprayed as well.

It's frustrating that my second week of having 3 kids in school 3 days a week turned out to be full of sick kids, extra cleaning and only 1 day to myself (though I was amazingly productive in those 5.5 short hours!). I write this post as a means to vent so that I don't take my frustration out on my poor kids and to put my mind in a positive space by 'talking' to a friend (that's you :) and finding some joy in being able to spend more time with my sweet children.

Thanks for reading; you've got a great shoulder! Now, off to clean!
(Need to know more about Conjunctivitis? I'm curious like that too, so here you go!)


  1. Oooo, isn't that yucky? It too shall pass, and soon you will be able to enjoy your mom time.

  2. My dr said to expect kids to be sick for the first yr that they enter school or daycare while their immune systems build up. Sadly, he's been pretty accurate with that :(

    1. It is sad, isn't it?! Good that your doc prepared you a bit. The Boy doesn't quite grasp the importance of hand-washing and not touching your face yet (obviously!). The girls do, but it's those thumbs...

  3. Oh it's so incredibly frustrating, we've had it numerous times (even me!!) - not very nice AT ALL. Especially in winter, it just seems to be bug after bug.
    I know exactly what you mean with ' disinfecting the house and washing all of the bedding' as we got struck by head lice last week! Horrible!! (and that's an understatement!)
    Just treasure the time you have at home with them (in between the washing and frustration) Watch a movie together and cuddle up on the couch, that's the only way I survive weeks like this :-)
    Good luck, I hope the coming week will be really good for you ;-)

    1. Thanks, Raquel! I fear the head lice! It's so rampant in schools here (called nits) it's not even a big deal to them! We had lots of cuddles and actually a lovely time together.
      I hope you have an amazing week!

  4. as I sit here listening to Drum Medicine CD and reading your blog, thinking back when all 4 of mine were youngsters I do not remember any of you having pink eye. Maybe I was just plain lucky or have a bad memory, but am so sorry those babies had to go through this.Yours too bean woman. Just remember both of you, this too will pass. Time had a way of FLYING so enjoy all the times with them.

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