It’s official, we’ve become those parents. You know the type, the ones that over-react and panic over the smallest of things.
So here’s the story. Saturday evening, just before bed time, we realized Baby MPB had one bright red eye. We instantly had two thoughts:
- Something is in his eye that could potentially blind him for life.
- He just has pink eye which is just generally uncomfortable and gross, but not that serious.
Because we couldn’t get the idea of blinding our son for life out of our minds we packed up and headed straight to the emergency room. We did briefly discuss waiting until Monday to see our family doctor, but seriously when you think your infant might be blinded for life there is no sane reason to wait 36 hours to see a doctor.
So, yes, we took Baby MPB to the emergency room for red eye.
And the doctor almost laughed at us when he saw Baby MPB and his little red eye.
Now, the doctor wasn’t mean at all, in fact he was rather nice. And so were the nurses and everyone we encountered. But ultimately, Baby MPB just had a red eye, maybe from some shampoo or from a dog fur or his own fingers rubbing his eye. We were assured that there is nothing in there that shouldn’t be. And we were told what to do if discharge appears before Monday when we could see our family doctor. And of course we were told to come back if things got worse. Ill admite, at no time did we actually contemplate that nothing was wrong and and his red eye was just a red eye. Ops!
So, the lesson of the weekend is that a bright red eye for only a few hours probably isn’t reason to panic. And I’ve now rationalized that this trip to the ER was probably a good thing because now we know what to expect if we are ever in a true emergency, in a way it was like a dry run which cost our public health system a small fortune. Ops!
But for us, as first time parents whose child has been remarkably healthy so far, we panicked. And I wont apologize for making sure my son isn’t going to be blinded for life!!
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