Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!


“Carolina Crud”…What?

Have you ever heard of the “Carolina Crud”? If you haven’t don’t feel bad because neither have I. I overheard someone talking about this at my kids’ daycare. It didn’t sound pretty so I had to interject and find out if something was going around daycare. I was told no and not to worry. Of course I started to worry anyway and monitored both babies like crazy during our family vacation.

Day 2 of our vacation I woke up to find a bunch of crust around both of their eyes as they were sleeping. When they fully awoke I saw crust around their eyelashes and edges of their eyes. I couldn’t believe how much there was. I was very worried. Also, my daughter seemed to have a thick liquid oozing out of her eyes. Yes, I started freaking out badly.I spent the entire vacation wondering what was happening to my children, if it was contagious, or if it was pink eye.

When we got home from vacation my husband immediately took them to the doctor. Apparently, they have a case of  a cold in the eyes. I was thankful it wasn’t pink eye. The doctor prescribed artificial tear drops to help push the cold out of their eyes. After two days they were back to normal.

I was so relieved. It is truly scary when something is medically wrong with your babies and you don’t know what it is. Even worse, you start to self diagnose everything that it could possibly be.

Have you ever experienced a case of the Carolina Crud? 


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2 Comments on ““Carolina Crud”…What?”

  • Carlene Delane May 31st, 2012 1:06 pm

    Arbor had this same problem. We cured it with a squirt of breastmilk to the eye. All of the antibiotic properties make it a pretty awesome cureall for minor things like crusty eyes or the beginning of an ear infection.

  • Joakima Carr June 10th, 2012 4:40 am

    Wow, that is so interesting. I used breastmilk when my daughter had dry, crack lips after she was born. It cleared it right up. So amazing.

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