The other day I took Max to his swim lesson. I had terrible allergies, sneezing my head off all day, and if it wasn’t his last lesson for this session, I would have stayed home.
During the lesson the parents aren’t allowed to be on the pool deck so we all go upstiars to an observation area. Sneezing and wiping my nose, while limping on a still-aching broken foot and attempting to wheel Mini in a straight line in her stroller, we head for the elevator.
For the first time in three weeks of lessons there is an empty chair right in front of the glass. Yes!
So I park Mini’s stroller, make sure I have a stash of Kleenex for both of us (she’s at the tail end of a cold) and put her on my lap. We play, we bounce, we sing, we say hi to Max. We get out books and toys, Cheerios, sweet potato puffs, juice. Every trick I have in the diaper bag is used to contain her in the area in front of my chair. Every trick is used up in the first 5 minutes.
Then she gets antsy. I give her my keys to play with. As I take a split second break to take out another much-needed Kleenex, she makes a bee line to the electrical outlet with my key. Thank God I saw her and I had some measure of reflex to re-direct her. It was truly a close call.
I make small talk with another mom but I’m not really in the mood for conversation since I’m all alllergied up at the moment. My nose is bright red and inflamed three times its regular size. Not exactly a great social moment for me.
Then it happens. Another split-second chance is taken as Mini pokes me in the eye. Unfortunately I had no measure of reflex for this one and she made it through to my eyeball with her fingernail. I feel pain like you’d never believe. I think she scratched my cornea.
A visit to the ER confirmed that and evidently the scratch is pretty big. They gave me some eye drops to numb the area and immediately I felt better, but it only lasted 20 minutes at the most. I was in so much discomfort that after I was discharged I begged like an addict for more drops. Unfortunately they werent’ allowed to send me home with those magic drops but they did give me some other good drugs.
So, basically I spent the entire weekend asleep in the dark. How was your weekend?
Amazingly, God designed our eyes to heal super fast. The cells in the eye repair faster than any other part of our body I’ve been told. On Friday I followed up with an opthamologist. He gave me a clear protective contact lens to wear until Monday and antibiotic eye drops to fight infection.
I’m still uncomfortable but nothing like I felt that first 18 hours. I’m glad to be back on the computer (wearing cool shades and squinting but not in any pain).
Motherhood is never dull.