It finally happened- my 4 year old got pink eye for the first time. I am honestly surprised it took this long. So far we’ve survived preschool with only 1 or 2 bad cases of illness. But pink eye? This has definitely been the biggest pain. It is so gross. Yellow goo coming out of your eyeballs?! No thanks…I could do without this “milestone” in our lives.
I didn’t realize how much of a pain pink eye was until I talked to the doctor and was warned how contagious it was. I had to cancel a newborn session photo session I had scheduled because I didn’t want to risk getting that family infected, and we just holed up in our house until her eye cleared up.
A few things I realized as we dealt with the pink eye blues-
– All of a sudden my daughter was showing interest in kindness towards her baby brother. She wanted to hug him the whole time she was contagious and I swear I saw a smirk on her face when we’d tell her “no way”. She’s no longer contagious and hates him again.
– She had a renewed interest in butterfly kisses, sunglasses and binoculars.
– She insists she didn’t pick her nose and then put her finger in her eye. This all stems from a conversation we had around Christmas time about pink eye-
– My kid is the only child on the face of the planet that actually likes getting the drops. She even keeps her eyes open when I put them in. Total. Weirdo. But it does make my job a heck of a lot easier!
I’m happy to report that after 5 days on drops, we are pink eye free! She was the only one in the house that got it. My hands are cracked and bleeding from washing so much and my son still doesn’t know whether to hug her or run away…but we made it through our first case of pink eye!