Monday, March 17, 2008

Is it gross? Call us.

There are so many wonderful things that come with having a lot of children. There are blessings, fun, and lots of love.

There is also the added benefit of getting practially every wierd disease and medical condition known to man.

Luckily, we haven't had to deal with anything too serious, for which I am extemely grateful, but if you are experiencing a strange, unusual, or particularly disgusting problem...odds are, one of our children has had it!

Why am I telling you all this?

Well, because we have our first child with a pingueculum.

A what?

Yeah, the doctor could barely pronounce it.

We took Becky to the doctor for a strange redness and a little yellowish lesion on the white of her eye. (I thought maybe pink eye, but it didn't seem quite right, because of course we have seen that before!)

Her eye is fine. The doctor gave us some drops and the redness should go away in a few days, but the lesion could take a couple of months to heal completely. He doesn't really know why she got it, but thought perhaps that it was related to an allergy. You know doctors, they mostly just guess anyway!

So, the next time the doctor tells you that you have some new, gross medical condition you have never heard of...think of us!


Lara said...

When people find out I have five kids, I frequently get the comment that I must have seen it all when it comes to kids. Ha! There's something new every day...including weird/gross medical things. Adam has a rash on his belly that the doctor says is innocuous, but it takes approximately two years to heal.

I'm glad Becky's eye pingueculum isn't too big of a deal.

Charlene said...

Ethan is the one that gets the wierd diagnosis in our family. I remember he got periorbital cellulitis aka a cut in the eye that lead to an eye infection; and the most recent:folliculitis from a hot tub that gave him a rash around the hair follicles on his body due to the water in the hot tub. I hope your daughter recovers soon and well!

Amy said...

A girl at work got one of those and the eye doctor she went to called it an "ulcer". It looked exactly like that! Must be the lay term for "pingeu-whatever".

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