Ugh, pink eye!

  1. Ok....I need to complain for just a minute!

    I had to report off again today (for the third in a row) because I have pink eye! Yuk!

    I was supposed to go back today because we can go back after it stops draining and treatment has been started for 24 hours. Well, wouldn't you know it, I got up this morning and it spread to my other eye (I must have touched my eye in my sleep because I am SOOOO careful while awake)!

    I hate this because I'm not really sick....yes, I know I'm contagious, but I still don't feel "sick"!

    Ok, thanks for listening!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Since you are quarantined to your home, you have two choices: you can either make it very productive and get things done that you never have time for, or you can be a couch potato and watch movies or soap operas all day.

    Enjoy your day! It is yours, whether you want it or not!
    Now smile and have a great day..............
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    Suzanne...I vote for the resting and watching soaps! LOL!

    OP...I sooo hope you get over it soon. The last time I had pink eye, I got it in both and couldn't see a dang thing. It drove me absolutely bananas. I can't imagine how kids stand it when it's so hard on us!
  5. by   NeuroICURN
    Thanks for the words of advice guys!

    I'm getting caught up on The Golden Girls and The Nanny as we speak! LOL

    I'm also getting to spend some quality time with my husband too, who now has it! Can't figure out how he got it either....this must be easier to spread than wildfire!!!

    Take care.....and I'll try not to leave any eye gunk on my posting! :chuckle

    NeuroICURN
  6. by   kids
    Be sure to launder face cloths throughly and replace any eye makeup you used within the 24 hours before you came down with it.

    And enjoy the lazy day with your husband.
  7. by   Rhee
    I've got a question....I'm just a student finishing her prereqs now, so I'm just curious. If you have pink-eye, or some other infection that's just as contagious, are you pressured to come to work anyway?

    I'm asking because I was fired from a job because I went home because I had pink eye. I worked for a company that processed paperwork as a third party, so it's not like I left anything really urgent on my desk that couldn't be done one day later. My manager and HR rep actually told me to stay and work until my lunch hour, and go to the dr. instead of eating. Their only advice to me was not to touch my face. I left instead of waiting....I went to the doctor, I got a note, and I was terminated later.

    I guess I'm basically just venting here, but it just seemed to me that the company cared more that I would be at my desk, instead of my wellfare, and the health of everyone that worked around me...
  8. by   NeuroICURN
    Quote from Rhee
    I've got a question....I'm just a student finishing her prereqs now, so I'm just curious. If you have pink-eye, or some other infection that's just as contagious, are you pressured to come to work anyway?

    I'm asking because I was fired from a job because I went home because I had pink eye. I worked for a company that processed paperwork as a third party, so it's not like I left anything really urgent on my desk that couldn't be done one day later. My manager and HR rep actually told me to stay and work until my lunch hour, and go to the dr. instead of eating. Their only advice to me was not to touch my face. I left instead of waiting....I went to the doctor, I got a note, and I was terminated later.

    I guess I'm basically just venting here, but it just seemed to me that the company cared more that I would be at my desk, instead of my wellfare, and the health of everyone that worked around me...
    Well, where I work, it's like this...You have to stay home until it quits draining and treatment has been initiated. So, what that translates to is approximately 24 hours!

    Pink eye is soooooooooooo contagious! I guess they figure that even if you don't touch your eye, but it's draining, you run the risk of contaminating others by tiny droplets that you may not even realize you're losing.

    The other thing is this....I work for a hospital, but it sounds as though you were working in an office, where they were obviously not as familiar with different illnesses, infections, etc. No, I don't think getting fired for that alone was justified.
  9. by   Altra
    NeuroICURN, I feel for ya ... pink eye is miserable. Not so much the actual symptoms, which clear quickly, but it's sooooo contagious. Someone mentioned throwing away eye makeup that you used recently ... also wash sheets, towels, clothing ... and if there's a couch or chair that you lounge on frequently, it wouldn't hurt to hit that with Lysol either.

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