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Magical Medicine

Last night Asher had no desire to eat dinner. He kept closing his eyes & saying, “I’m sleeping right now.” Finally we’d had enough & PC decided to call his bluff. He said, “Ok, do you want to go to bed?” Asher’s answer was “yes,” so off they went. PC never thought Asher would stay in bed very long, so there was no changing of the pants, no jammies, just plunk in bed. It was 6pm.

At 9 o’clock Asher finally woke up coughing. PC changed his pants, put jammies on & offered a drink of water b/c Asher was complaining of a sore throat. I also suggested some medicine of some sort b/c I just had the same cold/illness & it’s a pretty miserable thing. Asher was yunking & complaining until PC gave him the children’s Tylenol. Then he declaired, “NOW I feel better!” If only it worked that fast for us all.

(He promptly went back to sleep & slept until 6:30 this morning)


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I thought since I’ve been gone the past few days, that you’d be DYING to know how my eye has been doing. There was so much drama about it last week that I couldn’t just let the story die w/o filling you in on what has happened.

On Friday Chad & I brought Asher over to our friends’ house for the weekend b/c we were going to Prince Edward Island to visit a church out there. The Optometrist had squeezed me in b/w patients in order to check that my eye was getting better. Much to her surprise not only was my eye NOT better, but the infection had spread to the other eye as well. I had started putting drops in both eyes, but since the right eye wasn’t as bad as the left I put the weaker, first prescription in the right eye & the stronger, second prescription in the left. Plus I was putting the allergy drops in the left as well since she had told me to do that.

So, Chad dropped me off at the optometrist for my appointment. She took a quick look & told me to keep up what I was doing & take the allergy drops in both eyes. So four times a day I was supposed to put four drops in each eye. It can become quite difficult to put that much liquid in your eye & expect it to stay there & not leak out, but somehow I managed for most of the weekend. I got a bit lax about it by Sunday, but by that time it was pretty much better in both eyes.

Chad said this morning that it looked like I was over it, but my left eye still looked a bit puffy. I have stopped taking the medication & haven’t suffered any ill effects yet. I may have to get some botox for the left eye though b/c it does really look a bit saggy, but I suppose that’s what happens when your eye is swollen for 10 days.

I am supposed to call the optometrist again in order to set up an appointment for an eye exam since I was charged for one as a new patient visit, but still haven’t actually received it yet. I’m a little bit worried about it b/c my left eye still seems a little blurry. I always thought that it would be cool to need glasses b/c they can be such a fun fashion accessory, but now that that might be a slight possibility, I don’t think I’m so keen on it any more.

So, that’s pretty much that. I hope it’s all done with now. Asher never got it, so I am very glad about that. PEI was great. The island was beautiful, we had good weather all weekend, & the people were really friendly. It was nice to fly & not have Asher along…. it was a bit more relaxing than we are used to these days. Asher did fine for the people he stayed with. He told them they weren’t allowed to sing at the table. He also woke them up quite early every day, so I’m sure they will be thankful that he’s back home now. Hopefully now that he’s back home he decides to sleep in in the mornings again!

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I can’t say I understand how it happened, but this morning Asher was grumpy. I attributed it to needing more sleep & figured it would work itself out during his nap. I thought, “ok, that should make for a nice long afternoon nap then.”

Our friends from that we usually get together w/ every week were possibly going to come over today b/c Chad had a conference in Grand Rapids & I’d be by myself w/ Asher. We went out & played a bit this morning, but it was a bit cold & windy, so that didn’t last very long. We came back in & it was time for Sesame Street (& my daily latte), so I turned on the TV & set to work making my coffee.

I came back out of the kitchen to find this:

Apparently Sesame Street wasn’t enough to keep him awake this morning!

Our friends showed up about 1/2 an hour later & I eventually prodded him awake, but he just sat in his chair & watched Ryne play. I took his temperature b/c he felt a bit warm as well & it was 102.8! Hasn’t this kid been sick enough in the last month?

To top it off, Chad & I are flying out of town tomorrow to go see a church. I just hope it’s a 24 hour thing b/c I feel bad for him & I don’t really like to have to leave him w/ someone else when he’s sick b/c that’s no fun for anybody.

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Today I had my appointment w/ the optometrist. She didn’t seem to know I was there for an infection even though I told them on the phone & also put it on the form where it asked, “reason for today’s visit.” She kept asking me to open my eye further & finally asked, “do you have an infection or something?”

Now, really, if she is looking intently into my (partially closed) eye, shouldn’t she be able to SEE that I have an infection? I said, “yes, that’s why I am here.” So she looked around a bit & told me it just looked like I had a bit of pink eye & told me to keep taking the antibiotic drops I got yesterday & also told me to get some over-the-counter drops to stop the itching.

So, back to the pharmacy I went for more drops. The kind pharmasist wasn’t there today, so no more sympathetic looks for me. I wasn’t recognized this time (maybe that was due to my incognito status since I was wearing my sunglasses). I finally found them & went back home.

I’m supposed to put the new drops in 4 times a day, 2 drops each time. So I went to put some in right away to help w/ the itching. It was like putting FIRE in my eye. I only managed one drop b/c the burning was so bad, but as Chad helpfully pointed out, “you don’t notice the itch anymore though, do you?”

I have ANOTHER follow-up appointment w/ the optometrist on Friday just to make sure it’s getting better. I just am very thankful that Asher has not gotten it b/c it would not be easy to put drops in his eyes. He’s great about taking medicine, but I think this would be a different story. I just don’t understand why it’s taking so long to clear up either. I though pink eye was a 2-3 day think, not a whole week!


Asher had a case of what the doctor figured was strep throat last week, so he was on medication for a week. During that time we added “please help the medicine to work” to his meal-time prayers. Now that I have medicine, we are praying “please helps Mummy’s medicine to work.” Although he has changed it to “please help Mummy’s medicine in the eye, in the eye, in the eye (yes he does sound like a broken record, I think he forgets the end w/o some help), to work.” It’s very cute, but I’m not certain I can say it’s helping any more than the actual medication is at this point.

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Third Time’s a Charm??

So, as I posted here, I have pink eye. I went to the Doctor on Thursday morning & he gave me a prescription for an antibiotic & told me if it wasn’t better by Saturday to go to the ER. Well, Saturday rolled around & I had no relief. My eye was gunky, itchy, puffy… you name a symptom of Pink Eye & I had it.

Chad kindly brought me to the ER nice & early (for a Saturday). We beat the rush by getting there by 8:45. While I was being checked in Chad was chasing Asher around & it was getting more & more difficult to keep him occupied, so I told Chad he could go home & I’d call him when I was done. I only had to wait in the waiting room about 1/2 an hour before they called me back as there were only 2 people ahead of me. I figured that was a good sign…..

The nurse took me back, had a cursory look at my eye & told me the Doctor would be in shortly to examine it more thoroughly. So I sat & waited, & waited, & waited. I nearly fell asleep numerous times. An hour & a half later the doctor finally came in. Why I couldn’t have waited in the waiting room I do not know, but I think it’s a bit cruel to take someone out of the room w/ the TV & magazines & put them in the room where the only thing to do to while away the time is read the eye chart.

So, the doctor had a look & said that what I had was “Epidemic Viral Conjunctivitis.” Which is basically a fancy way of saying that my eye was worse than it had been. She likened it to when you have the flu & it becomes pneumonia. I had Pink Eye & it became this. So she gave me another prescription for another antibiotic & said if it wasn’t better by Monday to go see an Optometrist.

I called the optometrist today & the optometrist wasn’t in, but they gave me an appointment for tomorrow. In the meantime, I had a prenatal appointment today so I went to that & the doctor took pity on me & gave me ANOTHER prescription for ANOTHER antibiotic. I went to the pharmacy & the pharmacist gave me such a pitying look! She asked, “You’re back for MORE?” Oh ya, it’s pretty sad when the pharmacist knows you on sight & you’ve never even been to that pharmacy before a week ago.

So, hopefully THIS medication will do the trick, but apparently I have mystified the doctors that have seen it so far b/c they have never seen a case go on this long & not transfer to the other eye or anyone else. I am still going to see the optometrist tomorrow, especially after hearing that. Next thing I know my eyeball will just corrode away or something crazy like that. I am very thankful though that it’s not in my other eye as well b/c it would be very hard to go through the day w/ BOTH eyes mostly closed! Wish me luck tomorrow!

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Last night my eye was itchy. Chad had the same thing when we were in Grand Rapids a few weeks ago & it went away after about 1/2 a day, so I thought nothing of it & went to bed. This morning I awoke to only one operational eye. My other eye was gunked closed & puffy. And MAN did it ITCH! Chad suggested I put some water in my hand & open my eye into that to clean it out. That just made my eye burn, so I called the Dr & went in. I have Pink Eye folks! No idea where I got it from, but I think the hardest part of the whole thing is trying not to spread it to Asher.

In other news, we went to visit our friend in Sarnia yesterday, like we do most Wednesdays. We had a great time shopping the charity shops & also went to the animal farm. Asher enjoyed the goats, sheep, & crowing rooster that he called, “noisy rooster!” We also fed the geese & Asher was bitten by one, but it was a Canada Goose, so it only gave him a gentle nip as it was going for the bread. Canadians are so polite! I think it even apologized afterwards! Maybe I got pink eye from the animal farm, but I don’t remember seeing any goats w/ puffy eyes……

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On Friday night we had a lovely meal at Arnie’s. We picked this restaurant namely for it’s delicious desserts. It also has really good sandwiches, but who doesn’t plan a meal based around dessert every now & then? Asher ate really well. He had a whole grilled cheese sandwich plus lots of fries. Then came time for the cakes & ice cream. Asher didn’t want to be left out, so he partook of the desserts as well. All was fine until we walked into the hotel door & he promptly expunged his dessert & dinner.

Saturday we went off to Chad’s Graduation. We stopped by the babysitter’s to drop Asher off only to be told that her house had been infected w/ strep throat. So Asher got to see his daddy graduate from Seminary afterall. Chad had said numerous times that he wanted Asher to be there at Grad & I had jokingly told him that would be fine as long as Chad looked after him then. I realized once we pulled into the parking lot that I haddn’t really dressed Asher for an appearance at graduation, but no one commented on his dressed down outfit.

After grad we went to Russ’ for a light lunch before the party. Asher didn’t want his hot dog. He just wanted fruit, so we were trying to get him to eat a few bites of hot dog to no avail. Then off to the party we went. Asher was quite tired & slept for awhile in Grandpa Vos’ truck & then just wanted to cuddle w/ Chad or I. Grandma & Grandpa took him back to the hotel for a nap while Chad & I stayed to chat w/ our friends we hadn’t seen in the last year.

We all met for dinner at the Grand Rapids Brewing Co. We didn’t even get the bread delivered to the table before the trouble started. Chad was talking to his brother-in-law at the opposite end of the table w/ Asher when Asher delivered his hot dog. So off I went to the hotel w/ Asher for a clean-up & early bedtime. We got back to the hotel to discover that we didn’t have keys to get in, so back to the Brewing Co. In the parking lot Asher puked some more just so I could learn just how hard it is to clean a car seat.

I finally got him home, washed, & in bed & was just starting on the car seat, & boy was I starting in on the car seat! It is impossible to take the cover off our car seat. You can get it mostly off, but the last few places that it’s attached are impossible to remove. I was getting quite frustrated. Who designs car seats, that children sit & puke in, that can’t be washed properly? We ended up wiping it w/ a hot cloth & spraying it liberally w/ Febreeze.

So after 2 days of feeling quite hot ( we didn’t have a thermometer along). we finally got home & discovered Asher had a fever of 103.9. Chad took him to the Dr last night b/c he maintained a high fever all day as well, & Asher has his first case of Strep Throat!

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