Monday, August 24, 2015

Over the Counter...A Bit of a Complaint

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.  


  1. Bless your heart! I guess pink eye is one of those casualties of being around all those kids, but still... ewww. (sorry!) I know it was all a pain in the butt, but at least you have health care options on a weekend. My doctor's clinic has limited weekend hours, but for anything truly diagnostic (x-ray, CT, etc), the only option is the ER at our lone hospital. No urgent care or the like in our area.

    I'm glad to hear they got the AC set correctly at school. I'm assuming the water was back on, too?

    And, you know... back to your original point... I'm surprised they don't have an OTC pink eye remedy.

    1. You'll laugh (not really, but then again) the water did get put back on that same day last week, and then today the construction company busted a sewer line and we had sewage seeping out onto the playground, blech! It has been ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER THIS YEAR. After school, it was still "puddled" in two areas when we dismissed. I will tell you, if I were at any of our schools across town, the parents would be in an uproar. Luckily or sadly, depending on how you look at it, our parents probably don't even know about it.
      The pink eye is something I haven't gotten in ages. Washing hands a hundred times a day is part of my day. I think last week with all the sweating and wiping my face it just happened. It's good that the drops are easy and work very fast.
      That's hard with only having the ER. We probably have 8 urgent cares (some based on the heath insurance you are with, others are for all) in my immediate area. They really try to limit the ER to serious emergencies. The urgent cares all have access to refer same day tests (MRIs X-rays) as needed. But that's probably due to population. The need for urgent cares is there because the ERs would be overflowing I guess if we all had to go there.

    2. Ewwww, yuck! Raw sewage on the playground? Hoping today was a much less eventful day!

    3. Yes, all clear today. Thankfully. So gross!

  2. Anything with antibiotics is a bit restricted these days due to people getting immune to them. And when I say people I mean bugs. I've not seen those puffer powder for wounds in years when at one stage if you scraped your knees as a kid this was part and parcel of the fixing ritual. The 10 year old version of the kiss it better.
    But I don't know if pink eye is such a thing here anymore. I remember as a kid I'd get eye infections but I don't think I've had any since childhood.
    Anyhoo's I'd say the first real bit of teaching is to wash hands after going to the loo.

    Hmm had a read. Seems it's predominantly with kids. Soooo the hand washing thing mightn't be that wrong at all.

    1. Oh most definitely. I was my hands after everything, especially at school. Kids are walking petri dishes though, so germs are prevalent even after washing hands.