February 10, 2005

Lock down: The Plague

The house is in lock down. We have been quarantined. Infectious disease specialists have been flown in all over the world to consult. Diagnosis: Pink Eye.

The Girl Child has come down with a case of the dreaded pink eye. No one is safe. She can't go to school and the Boy Child may not go to music class today, which is sad because I think he really enjoys it.

Prognosis: She'll be totally fine and can go to school tomorrow if she doesn't have any further discharge from the infected eye.

But, while looking on the web to see if I could find any information on precautions to take to prevent contagion, I came across this little bit of information which kind of icked me out:

Newborns are also susceptible to infectious conjunctivitis, which can be serious. The sexually transmitted bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae can pass from an infected mother's birth canal into her baby's eyes during delivery. These bacteria can cause symptoms of conjunctivitis in babies within the first 2 weeks of life, and both can lead to serious eye damage. Less commonly, the viruses that cause genital and oral herpes can similarly be passed to an infant at the time of delivery and may also damage the eyes.

My view is, if I'm gonna be icked out, you're gonna be icked out. Its that simple.

Posted by Random Penseur at February 10, 2005 09:43 AM


Thanks for sharing RP.

Get well soon GC!

Posted by: Wicked H at February 10, 2005 09:51 AM

Yow... dang that's ick.

I had a friend who had pink I when we were in junior high. He slept over at my house, but luckily I never caught it, although I swear my eyes felt scratchy from paranoia.

Get well soon GC.

Posted by: Oorgo at February 10, 2005 01:22 PM

I knew y'all'd be down with the ick.

Posted by: RP at February 10, 2005 03:34 PM

Ah yes, conjunctivitis, I remember it well. It's always good to have a spare prescription of Amoxil on hand. ;^)

Posted by: Paladin at February 10, 2005 04:24 PM

You need to get the Girl Child some good mojo. That'll clear it up right away.

Posted by: Howard at February 10, 2005 05:27 PM


Please try to remember that the bulk of my reading is done in the early AM, often in a pre-caffeinated state. Have mercy.


Posted by: Jim at February 11, 2005 05:31 AM

Thanks for the good wishes, y'all! And Jim, sorry about showing you this in your delicate condition!

Posted by: RP at February 11, 2005 09:41 AM
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