Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Conjunctivitis and Rice Krispies

So, my son woke up this morning with his left eye red, puffy, and crusted shut. The little darling didn't even act like he noticed. He was in such a good mood when he woke up that he didn't seem to care that his eye was glued shut. He just ran around the house laughing like a maniac while I chased him with a warm washcloth and desperately tried to clean out his eye.

I called the doctor and got an appointment for 11:40 am.

We still had a few hours to kill before his appointment, so I put him in his highchair for breakfast. He ate a piece of toast, a banana, but still wanted more to eat. So, I gave him a chocolate gluten-free version of Rice Krispies called Koala Crisps. They taste just like Cocoa Krispies, but are made by EnviroKidz Organic and are gluten-free. I love them!
I left him eating his Koala Crisps and went into the kitchen to make my breakfast. When I returned to the table to eat with him, I found him stuffing his ears with Krispies! I had to dig one out of his left ear. Thank goodness they are brown - if it was rice instead of cocoa, I may not have been able to see it!

Of course, after that, he thought it was hilarious! He later tried to stuff some french fries in his ears at lunchtime.

At his doctor's appointment later this morning, after waiting in the waiting room for an hour and 10 minutes!!, the doctor said he has conjunctivitis. He went to my nephew's birthday party this weekend, so that is probably where he picked it up. We have to give him drops in his eyes THREE times a day! It is a daily battle to even brush my son's teeth - I have no idea how we are going to give him eye drops!

I was so proud of him, though. An hour and 10 minutes is a loooooong time for a toddler to wait at a doctor's office. He didn't cry, he didn't act up, he didn't throw any fits...he just played with toys, ate his snacks, drank his milk, and watched videos of The Fresh Beat Band and The Upside Down Show on YouTube on my cell phone.

He started to get goofy toward the end because it was already past his nap time, so he banged on some windows and did some sumersaults in the middle of the waiting room, but come on...really...how long can a toddler be expected to wait?? I thought he was amazing! On the way home, I stopped and bought him some chocolate milk for a treat. He doesn't get it very often and he loooooves it (naturally)!

I am a very proud mommy today, even if he did try to store food in his ears! He was just being resourceful, right? Wish me luck with the eye drops!
He is on the go! Photos in motion!


  1. Oh no. Booo for pink eye. We battled with that, thought we were done then it went to his other eye. :( The drops weren't too bad BUT, if you notice it is not clearing up in 2-3 days you may need to go back and get the stronger drops. We found this out the hard way when eye #2 got yucky. Hopefully he will be eye's clear and ears clear in no time. :)

    That picture is so cute of him. I love that shirt he has on!

  2. Ok...we dealt with this a few months ago. Sam was exactly the same way- not acting like anything was wrong but with his eye glued shut. The drops were HELL for us but when they finally started helping his eye he actually asked for them! He did spread it to his other eye and to ME. I am sure I picked it up because his was SO bad before I realized he had it. I hope you don't get it too....

  3. We are trading back and forth with all this yucky stuff lately! Is it time for us to live in a bubble yet? LOL! :0

  4. Oh...I remember having to do eyedrops in both my oldest kids. It was a nightmare. One would scream and fight and then, because the other one did, they both had to. I'm sorry. Have fun! :)

    And every time we are with my nephew and niece my kids come down with something. This past weekend we saw them at a reunion and the nephew had strep. I'm just waiting for one of my kids to start telling me their throat hurts...


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