Sickness has struck our family once again. It seems impossible for us to go more than a few months at a time here without catching some gross strain of something. I am beginning to understand the profound fashion statement of...the surgical mask...ubiquitously employed by the locals. This time it was pink eye.
It spread like wildfire among the children of vacation Bible school at our church, and unfortunately for us it must have lingered in the room we held our daughters' birthday party in the day after. First came the cold. Then came the pink eye. By the end of the day my daughter's right eye was swollen shut, and her left was not far behind. I put warm compresses on her eyes, cuddled her, and scheduled a Dr.s appointment for the next morning. I put her to bed, then checked my Facebook. A couple of friends had written that breast milk worked wonders on pink eye. And here I thought I was the holistic wackjob. Conveniently I am still nursing my youngest and have a steady supply of "mommy milk." More conveniently, my daughter woke up crying a couple of minutes after I read the comments. I brought her downstairs and put on more warm compresses, then expressed some milk for her eyes. I cautiously proceeded, thinking this might meet with some resistance. Thankfully, she was half asleep and the first eye was easy peasy. The shock of the milk in her eye woke her up and it was a bit of a tackle to get it in her other; especially since it was swollen shut. I persevered though, and within an hour of that first application, she was noticeably improved. I put more in about an hour later, and then took her up to bed. In the morning, her eyes looked amazing. She was still slightly puffy, but with continued applications, she was completely better in no time. I thought we were all done and good to go. Then a couple of days later, my younger daughter started with it. And I thought putting milk in the eyes of my oldest was hard....
My youngest survived all the torture and is looking good. Again, I thought we were all done and good to go. Then I woke up this morning to eyelashes nearly fused shut. Oh joy. I got myself some hot compresses, and expressed some milk for my eyes. My precious baby girl was near hysteria, laughing as I put it in my eyes. Now we are even I guess. The second application was witnessed by my oldest.
She saw the cup of milk after I expressed it and said, "Mommy, I don't want milk in my eyeballs!"
"No honey, it's not for you, it's for Mommy; my eyes are all yucky now too."
"Awww, it's okay Mommy." She reassured me as she stroked my forehead. Then when I put the milk in my eyes she got a tissue to wipe away the drips, and I am positive I heard her snickering. I have some sweet kids, I'll tell you.
Being utterly fascinated and thankful for the wonder of breast milk, I did some searching online for other possible uses. It's amazing.
You can use it to relieve the itching from insect bites; for burns, cuts, ear infections, rashes, acne, chicken pox, chapped lips and skin, etc, etc and so forth!
The Jarhead says I am becoming like the guy on My Big Fat Greek Wedding who thought Windex was a cure for everything. That's ridiculous, I only put it on my daughter's diaper rash. And my chapped lips. And my poor, stuffy red nose. And the Jarhead's zit. And......okay fine. I am that guy.