Sunday morning, after playing outside before church, Jonathan came to me complaining that his eye hurt.  It was red and watering, but I could not see any foreign object.  It continued to be irritated, so I wondered if it might be pinkeye.

The pain would come in waves, hurting the most when he closed his eyes, as for naps and bedtime.  This made me wonder if there was something under his eyelid.

It was not better by yesterday, so we had Dr.Anderson check it out while we were there for Noah.  He did the glow-in-the-dark eye thing and we definitely saw scratches.  It was obvious to me the difference between what his eye looked like and what Jon's and Noah's eyes looked like when they had the same dye test but no abrasions.

Jonathan did appreciate the mirror (which dear nurse Theresa found after much searching) so he could see his own glowing eye.

And guess what?  All those ducts and passages are connected!  What did we see a minute later but a drip of glowing liquid seeping out of his nose... 

Dr.Anderson looked as best he could under both eyelids but could not find any particle.  He prescribed an antibiotic ointment (like the stuff you put on your cuts before you put the bandaid on) and referred us to an eye specialist. 

So Jonathan has an appointment for tomorrow morning.  His eye looks horrible (he has a hard time restraining himself from rubbing so the outside is red too) and we have to put the medicine in four times a day.  That stings, so it has not been a pleasant experience, but this morning he handled it better than the two times yesterday.

I'm hoping tomorrow will bring a definitive answer and a move towards healing.  Please pray for my dear little boy!  It is hard to see him in pain. 

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Praying for healing for Jonathan.

Posted by Tom & Theresa on October 3, 2007, 7:28 pm

You might try soaking a facecloth in water, nuking it for a bit and then using it as a wet, hot compress. Obviously you have to be careful that it's not too hot but if it's just hot enough, it should provide relief. What is ideal is moist heat to soften and relax the whole area. Tell him that tearing up is good too. DONT SCRATCH!!!!

Posted by Mike on October 3, 2007, 8:47 pm

We trust you'll let us know quickly how your appointment goes today.

Posted by SursumCorda on October 4, 2007, 7:16 am

He does like holding a warm cloth on his eye during the mandated two minute period where he is supposed to keep his eye closed after getting the medicine.

He didn't mind the medicine as much yesterday, exclaiming, "It didn't sting!" after the two minutes was up. I was beginning to think it was how I was doing it, since it stung more late last night, but I heard him howl this morning, so it must just be different times of the day, or maybe there still is something in there, so sometimes there are scratches or something.

They just left for the doctor now.

Posted by Jon Daley on October 4, 2007, 8:50 am

I would keep a steady stream of wet warm facecloths coming his way.

Posted by Mike on October 4, 2007, 10:06 am

Sorry this wasn't instantaneous, but here I am now. The doctor did indeed verify that there was some particle under his upper eyelid, and that it is now gone. All irritations/abrasions are external, and she can see signs of healing already. She prescribed a different ointment, more broad-spectrum in case the particle was organic matter (highly likely.) She wants to see him again next week, and we need to pay attention to the healing (look for worsening or fever) and get him seen right away if things start to look worse. But already the eye is looking better. Thanks for the prayers and keep them coming!

Posted by joyful on October 4, 2007, 3:23 pm

Thanks be to God! And thanks for the update. I was checking frequently but being patient because I knew I would have heard from you if it were necessary. :)

Posted by SursumCorda on October 4, 2007, 4:37 pm

His eye looks wonderful now. We have a followup appointment tomorrow.

Posted by joyful on October 10, 2007, 5:00 pm

Poor guy! Sounds awful. Glad to hear it's healing.

Posted by Lizzie on October 26, 2007, 2:08 am
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