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The ‘cootie’ exile

My banishment from work due to pinkeye is on it’s third (and hopefully final) day. Monday morning I conceded defeat on the doctor issue when I awoke still feeling no better; my throat was even more sore, my sinuses definitely infected, and worst of all, the redness was now moving into my left eye as well. I called my doctor from work and they worked me in, then I then explained to my supervisor that I’d be out for a few hours for the doctor’s appointment and would be back as quickly as I could. By this point I was wearing a pair of dark sunglasses indoors for the dual purposes of protecting my sensitive eyes and avoiding scaring coworkers and customers. I explained I had conjunctivitis, but that it was due to the flu I had and “not the contagious kind.” She skeptically informed me that it was all contagious and that whenever her kids had it, even secondary to a cold, they were not permitted back to daycare for at least 24 hours after starting medication.

The doctor prescribed a heavy duty antibiotic for the sinus thing and some antibiotic drops for my eyes. He said that it was usually viral and would just have to run it’s course; the antibiotics were for anything bacterial that set in secondary to the viral stuff. Figuring that some proof of my non-contagiousness would be required, I asked the doctor for a note certifying this fact and instead he agreed with my boss and I got a note excusing me from work for two days. Things are finally healing but I had to take a third day off today because eye number two was still pretty gross. I don’t think I have taken three days off work in my entire life, and feel pretty silly doing so over something like this… but after waking up yesterday with both of my eyes swollen and completely gummed shut (it seemed to take forever to get them open with a wet washcloth) I guess I am taking pinkeye a bit more seriously.

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