It was no secret that I was a little bit crabby (alright, a lot crabby) last Friday after the first full week of school. Looking back, I truly think it was the a/c, or lack there of, in my classroom that had completely exhausted me which made everything else turn into the straw that broke the camel's back, and let's just say I didn't like my job very much last week.
I came home from the movies Friday night (a night that I had planned and then wanted to cancel due said exhaustion), put on my jammies, and planned on staying in them ALL WEEKEND. Saturday morning, I slept in a bit, did a few chores (still in my pjs by the way), painted a little bit, and about 3:00 I was nodding off in the desk chair. I crawled back into bed and slept for 3 hours. Naps are not my thing, so that says something. I woke about 6:00 with what felt like something in my eye. My eyelashes are always getting in the way, so I tried to ignore it. About an hour later, the feeling subsided. It was back to bed fairly early Saturday. Washing up at the sink before hand I noticed the eye from earlier was quite red. "Hmmmm," I thought. Hopefully it was just irritated from the eyelash.
When I woke Sunday morning, that same eye was sealed shut with "gunk" (sorry that's gross, I know). That's right, that very grueling week concluded with a bought of PINK EYE! Talk about crabby! Thankfully the eye didn't itch or hurt, it was just very red and "gunk"-filled. As tired as I was, the last thing I wanted to do was go to the doctor. But the more I thought about it, if it was worse Monday morning I'd have to call for sub and write sub plans, and I wasn't able to go to the doctor after work due to a meeting. So I hauled myself out of bed and headed to urgent care. I knew I just needed the antibiotic drops and it would clear up quickly. Upon arriving at urgent care, it was 9:30. There were 4 people in front of me, the first one went in and came back out in less than a minute. After that, only 3 people! So it was strange that I didn't leave urgent care until after 11:00 - over an hour and a half later. The doctor, I must say, did spend an ample amount of time with me which I certainly appreciate because that is rare, but when all I wanted was the drops so I could go home and go back to bed, it wasn't that appreciated. I walked out, prescription in hand, at 11:15 and still had to go get the prescription filled. My regular pharmacist is closed on Sundays, so I had to go elsewhere where it took over AN HOUR to have the drops filled. From door to door, my visit to the doctor to get some eyedrops took 4 hours. Four freaking hours!
Which warrants me wondering, why are pinkeye remedies not sold over the counter? Heck, you can get UTI pain meds over the counter now. So why not pink eye? It's not like it's an infection that is so hard to diagnose...your eye is fine one minute and completely red and full of "gunk" the next.
While I am glad I got the medication yesterday, it made today a heck of a lot easier, it made me very frustrated that 4 hours of my Sunday napping time were interrupted just for eyedrops! Over the counter eyedrops would have made me much less crabby!
On the plus side, it would seem (knock on wood of course) that "they" have figured out how to turn the temperature down on my classroom's new a/c. Today it was quite crisp, even when 22 hot 2nd graders walked in from lunch time. It was over 100 degrees outside today (and will be all week), but after school I was still in a good mood. It's amazing what a few degrees and a normal eye can do for your attitude.
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