OMG, Could it be?

OMG, Could it be?


Nothing makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck like the word: PINKEYE.

Pinkeye is the most annoying, most feared, contagious-spreading nightmare out there for parents.

In most cases, it’s viral, and it will go away on its own, but you have to quarantine your child for days.

And I mean days.  No school. No public places. Nada. 

But the public play place is probably how your child got pinkeye in the first place.

If it’s a bacterial infection, then once your child starts eyedrops, you can see the world again within 24 hours, but then you have the nightmare of putting eye drops in your child’s eyes three times a day for at least a week.

One time, my son had the bacterial kind of pinkeye.  He was less than 2 years old.  Putting eye drops in his eyes could be compared to taming a wild animal.  In fact, I think taming a lion may be easier.


I don’t think I knew how much we traumatized our son with his treatment until about a year later when my husband and I were playing with him in his room, and he got on top of my husband and yelled, “Eye Drops! Eye Drops!” as if he were putting eye drops in my husband’s eyes.

Fortunately, any other cases of pinkeye for him have been viral.  Still annoying, but no eye drops.

It’s even more annoying to go to the doctor to learn that it is a viral infection and that you could have saved yourself a $30 co-pay for that visit.  You just have to wait it out, trapped in the house. So now, you’re home with your child for days and are out $30.

The dreaded pinkeye has been tormenting people this winter and now spring.

Not sure, but it may even be tormenting my house now. My daughter’s eye is red.  She’s been coughing and sneezing, too.  She went to a public play place just yesterday.

Could it be?

Keep your fingers crossed that she only poked herself in the eye.

Damn you, pinkeye!!!! You will not take this family down.

Yes, the hair is standing on the back of my neck.  We’ll see how the eye is tomorrow morning before school. I could be out another $30, or I may traumatize another child with eye drops.

  Author's Note:  I'll be taking a week off for Spring Break because we'll probably all be recovering from pinkeye.  I'll be back to this column on April 10.  Don't forget to visit The Hines-Sight Blog for some new giveaways, and more North Carolina travel features.