Wednesday, August 24, 2011


It’s probably my fault.  This morning when I got to work, I was unusually excited that all I had on my calendar was lunch.  The last two weeks I’ve had way too many things on my calendar.  I was pretty cocky in thinking that I was actually going to get some work done today instead of running from one location to another.

I quickly learned why that line of thinking is never good.  That line of thinking tempts fate entirely too much.  See, earlier this morning as I was spraying Penelope’s head with one squirt of the kid-safe detangler that I’ve used on the kids for two years, Piper started yelling that I sprayed her in her eye.  First of all, I did not spray Piper in her eye.  Secondly, I don’t think she was close enough to get the slightest bit of detangler in her eye.  I won’t say that Piper is a drama queen, but I will say that her apparent over-reaction to the detangler was not that surprising to Gary or to me.  Her eye was a little red, but then she had been rubbing it and screaming for a while, so we assumed that it should be red.

I was at work when Miss Sally called later and said that Piper was still complaining about her eye and that it was red and swollen.  Gary and I called Piper’s eye doctor, and were advised to take her to the local eye emergency room. 

Another emergency room trip.

But then eyes are pretty important. . . .

In the end, they checked the pH of Piper’s eye and she didn’t have anything chemical going on in her eye.  She does, however, have a corneal abrasion (or, as I describe it, a scratch on her eyeball).  We don’t know how she got it, but I think that she probably got it when she was rubbing her eye.  Regardless, the good news is that even though she is hurting a bit right now, she should be as good as new in another day or two.  In the meantime, we treat her with antibiotic drops to avoid infection and some artificial tears to help keep her eye nice and moisturized. 

Maybe THIS is the last ER trip we will make for a while. . . .

At least Piper seemed to enjoy the attention from the doctors and nurses (most of the time) and the unfettered access to my cellphone.



Arlene @At Home with the Grimms said...

My youngest son got a corneal abrasion when he was a bit older than Piper. He had been picking up old sticks and breaking them(which I had told him NOT to do) when a piece of the broken stick flew up in his eye. He had to wear a patch for two days and delighted in telling everyone he had a Corneal abrasion...Kids!!!

JoLynn said...

I've had one myself and it can be quite painful. Feels like gritty sand in your eye when you blink. Hope the drops make her good as new and back to her dramatic self!