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!

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When you can’t keep germs away

Kids are going to get sick, it just happens. No matter how much of a bubble you keep them in or how much hand sanitizer you pour on them they will get sick. And it’s actually most of the time a good thing as it builds their immunity as it creates antibody’s. Antibody’s are proteins produced by the bodies immune system in response to certain detected harmful substances like germs. So each time we or our children are sick from one specific germ we build an antibody specific to that antigen and therefore have a stronger immunity toward that strain of germ (antigen).

Now that I’ve gotten the science lesson out of the way… Caelum has gotten pink eye! He woke up from his nap with a crusty yellow drainage sealing his swollen red eye shut. I called the doctor immediately knowing it was bacterial and the sooner I had antibiotic ointment the better.

Some suggestions from one mom to another now that I have had recent eye infection experience:

If it’s conjunctivitis warm compresses or wiping with warm cloth helps.

If it’s allergy in origin use cold compress or wipe.

If it’s suspected to be bacterial versus viral (yellowish thicker and larger amount of drainage) take them to the Dr as soon as possible.

Ask for the ointment instead of the drops. The drops roll right out or hitch a ride on a tear. In my opinion ointment is messier and looks “gunky” but it sticks/stays better.

They gave me drops…..

And last but certainly not least- Lots and Lots of hand washing!!

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