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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sorry Eyes

After the Christmas vacation, we've been hit by conjunctivitis or commonly known as sore eyes.  Maggie, the baby in the family was the first to contract it. It just started like she was having low-grade fever and then the following day, her eyes started to have mucus-like discharges and then on the third day she already had red eyes.  Initially, it wasn't really a cause for concern because she just sleep it off.  What was alarming was that her fever has been on and off for about 5 days now which really peaks at night. On the fifth day, I had her checked up at a Pedia doctor at SM Megaclinic together with Abby who also has sore eyes about a day later than Maggie.  The doctor prescribed maxitroll for both of them differing only on the dosage given.  That night, i noticed blood already on Maggie's tears.  When I told the husband about it, he said it probably because she scratched her eyes or that she had a little cut near her eyelid.  I didn't want to appear like an alarmist( which I probably am!), so i let it be.  The following morning, she woke up really with dried blood around her eyes.  The husband left early for his morning bike so there was no one to tell me to calm down.  I went to the ER of Makati Medical Center and had Maggie's eyes checked.  Initially, one of the Pedia-On Call told me that it was nothing out of the ordinary and just told it's viral and proceeded to rattle out the things i needed to do with persons afflicted with sore eyes.  Maybe she missed the initial interview i had with the attending nurse, so I told her that there was blood in her eyes.  That caught her attention.  We really should do that.  Doctors should sit down and listen with each of their patients even when they have many and especially when they are at the ER.  That said, they called for an Opthalmologist consult and the diagnosis was that it really was conjunctivitis and the one that got both my daughters was the hemorrhagic type. I got the feeling that it had something to do with the application with the medicine  so i stopped giving it to them and instead just washed their eyes with water.  Anyway, they wouldn't open their eyes also when it's time to give them the medication. Also, i read somewhere on the internet that there really is no need to give any medicine for conjunctivitis.  Right now, Maggie and Abby still has it although Maggie showed signs of clear eyes except for the side which still show red portions.  Abby's eyes are still a bit swollen and still with discharges.  A week after Maggie and Abby, Me , AJ and Yaya are infected.

Hopefully, this viral infection will clear up in the next few days. 

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