Today I found a new mission in life. I had never even thought this would be on my radar, but alas, today I needed drugs and I had to travel far and wide to find them.
Yesterday, I woke up with my left eye a little irritated. I got ready like normal and even put in my contact lenses, but soon discovered that my eye needed a break. So I took them out and opted for my new glasses. I thought I would just rest my eye for a day or two and all would be well.
This morning I looked at my eye and realized it was really red. While it did not have a thick mucus like I had had at a younger age when I had the dreaded pink eye, it was not normal. I read online and found that if you have a bacterial infection in your eye, it could clear itself up, but it could also cause permanent eye damage.
No, thank you!
I also read online some home remedies for pink eye or a bacterial infection. Let me just amuse you with these. If anyone has tried any of these, please let me know how it felt to do this home remedy and if it helped. But I’ll be honest, as soon as I read these, my eye was hurting more than it had before. Just read what the internet will tell you to try at home!:
HOME REMEDY #1: Mix apple cider vinegar with distilled water and squeeze a soaked cotton ball on your eye.
No way, Jose! Not me. I believe in all things with Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar…but only on my skin or in my tummy. Lo siento, amigo.
HOME REMEDY #2: Mix baking soda with distilled water and apply to the eyelids.
No, sir! I will not be trying that at home!
HOME REMEDY # 3: Mix milk and honey and create an eye rinse.
Really?!!?? Do I need raw milk or organic milk? Should it be pasteurized? Homogenized? Will my eye stick together? Do I follow-up this treatment with a warm water rinse?
HOME REMEDY #4: Brew a cup of chamomile tea and remove the tea bag. Let cool and then apply to the eye.
I would be more willing to try this. It seems almost like a normal idea 🙂
HOME REMEDY #5: Dilute fresh lemon juice with cold water and use as a rinse.
If lemon juice on a cut hurts as much as it does, what would that feel like in my irritated eye? Who wrote this list of home remedies? Did they try them out?
As you can tell, my internet research was not helpful. If anything, I realized that if my eye had any bacteria in it, I could have some potential long-lasting effects so I called my eye doctor this morning and was so thankful that they had an appointment this morning! I was praising the Lord all the way there! (Sorry/not sorry for the comic…it made me laugh!)
After he did all of his looking at my eye, the doctor determined that I had a bacterial infection and he would treat it with prescription eye drops. His assistant verified our pharmacy and we headed there.
Upon arrival, I noticed a missed call from our pharmacy so I listened to the message only to find out that they did not have the drops in stock but could get them in a day or so.
Then I pulled up to the drive-thru window to discuss my options with the pharmaceutical assistant. She looked on the computer and said that they had at the drops at their other branch about thirty minutes away.
Here is where I will just confess my laziness: there were four other (Maybe more) pharmacies within walking distance of our regular pharmacy, but because my insurance is on file with them and I don’t mind a little drive (and actually had another errand near the far away pharmacy), I just opted to go to the other same-brand pharmacy. The assistant said she would transfer my prescription and call to make sure they had it ready for me.
How delightful, I thought!
When I arrived at the other pharmacy, the staff there looked at me like I had a third eyeball and quickly let me know that they did not have the eye drops in stock. What?!? How had that happened!?! But this pharmacy offered to call all the other pharmacies in the county and see if anyone had them.
They did not.
So we tried one more pharmacy back in Boone and alas, they had them. The only problem was that I had four children in tow who I had taken to Boone and then up to Ashe county and I was not about to make them ride back to Boone to get these drops. I would just have to wait until Dustin was heading home for him to pick them up.
And he did. Not only that, when he got home with them, he opened them and has been administering my eye drops so that I don’t have to try to navigate the eye drops in the eye without touching the eye scenario. He knows me well.
But as I was thinking about all of this, I realized something. I think we all are searching for something. Running from place to place to find what we think we need. Today I needed medication for my eye and I went all around the High Country to make sure I had what I needed.
But how often do we go out of our way and all around the town to get what we think we need. Acceptance by a certain group. Approval by that one person. Love (in whatever love language you speak).
I am thankful that I got these eye drops today – my eye is feeling better already after two treatments! But I hope that instead of running after personal gain all my days, I run after Jesus and seek Him because I need Him. Every Hour. Every Day.
Nothing else can fill the void left when we do not pursue Him. I want to run after Him every day of my life and encourage you to seek Him and find Him!
“But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29
(And if you see me in the next two weeks, just remind me how nice my glasses look since that is all I can wear until my follow-up appointment! Thanks!)