Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Red and Puffy Does Not Become Me

I've been fairly absent these past few days, largely because the Li'l Empress has been having some sleep issues again. And when Baby don't sleep, Momma don't sleep. When Momma don't sleep, not much of value or consistency gets done around here. Dishes, laundry, and something resembling dinner. Not much else to speak of.

We are fairly certain that the sleep issues of the recent days are just some "left-overs" from the testing that she had done last Monday. Most of her wakings were startle-type wakings, with the accompanying fearful cries and difficulty in settling back in. It was hard on both The Boss and I, especially that she was quite adamant in her preference for Momma over Daddy. It was hard for him to feel as if he could do nothing for her, and it was hard for me to let him try to "power through it" with her. My arms were aching and my head was pounding many a moment, and I was glad for the relief. But it was hard to hear her fighting the comfort he offered.

Thankfully, that short season seems to be over and she's sleeping well again. When she does wake, it's not in terror and she settles nicely. The bags under our eyes are smaller and no longer gray with exhaustion.

Just in time for me to wake up with a red and puffy eye today.

Sunday I noticed what felt like a sweater fuzz or cat hair on my upper eye-lid. It was itchy for some time before I could actually remove it and for the rest of the day, my eye felt watery. Yesterday, by lunch time, I had to concede that this irritation was no cat hair. By dinner, I could no longer keep my left eye open. I called the doctor. I was in bed, completely wiped out by the headache and pain in my eye by 9:35.

This morning, my eye looks like something from a horror movie. Or at the least, a really bad medical show. The upper eye-lid is swollen almost shut and the lower eye-lid is red and weeping. I won't turn your stomach with other details of the debacle that has become my left eye. LadyBug's eyes started watering just looking at me.

Red and puffy does not become me. For the life of me, I can't figure out why they call it pink eye.

Yes, I typed this with one eye shut.
Which took about six times longer
than normal, with a gazillion errors.
But I couldn't sleep anymore
and I've been up since just after 6.
The doctor can't see me till 8:45.

*Edited to add:
Yup, it's definitely pink eye.
With a "pretty significant glandular infection"
in my upper eye-lid, just for kicks.


Salzwedel Family said...

When it rains it pours. Hope you aren't red & puffy much longer.

Mervy said...

Tomorrow IS Wordless Wednesday - you should take a picture!

Hope you feel better soon!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Hope you feel better soon. Pink eye is no fun.

CalvaryGirl said...

my eyes itch at the mere thought of ... "conjunctivitis" ;O) I sure hope you're feeling a little better by now and getting some drops in there!!

Happy Gratituesday

~*~ Wendy ~*~

Jessica said...

so is it pink eye? I hate when there is something wrong with my eyes' I love Mervy's idea. Tomorrow is Wordless Wednesday.

TCKK said...

Glad the little one is sleeping again. Sorry you got pink eye. No fun.

My Little Nest said...

Can I just say "Ewwwwwwwww!" Sorry for the unsympathetic response (:

Kimberly said...

Oh no!!! Pinkeye is just awful. Sending you lots of hugs. This is definitely NOT the kind of "shut-eye" you were hoping for, is it??! (I just had to go there... couldn't resist!)

And, I am so glad to hear that Lil' Empress is sleeping much better for everyone's sake!

julie said...

Hope the red and puffy is gone. Aren't you going to post a pic???

Aus said...

Yeah - I'll third some of the comments - it's wednesday - how about a 'picture in the mirror' for fun? And maybe your son will let you borrow his boo boo bunny - bet it would feel pretty good!

Teasing aside - sorry, that really is a 'yuck' feeling - hope it clears quickly for you!

hugs - aus and co.

Jonni said...

Oh honey, so sorry to hear about the pink eye. Poor mama, hope it is better now.

I am sorry to hear about the sleep issues Lil Empress has been having too. Hopefully things have gotten back to normal now. I know when mama doesn't get sleep, life if hard.