A couple weeks ago we were driving home from a regular Sunday dinner at the in-laws when my six year old started complaining that his eyes were hurting. I thought he was probably tired, until I looked back and they were puffed up as pictured. This has happened before, last summer in Iowa from a cat and three summers ago from a dog, both times in contact with his face. He knows to stay away from cats and dogs, even though he doesn’t seem to be affected by all of them. We started questioning where he was and what he touched at Grandma’s house, we were baffled as to how this happened. We asked him to recount everything he touched and the only thing that came up suspicious was flowers, boganvia flowers. My husband said all the cousins had been picking then and they were all over the yard.
I washed his hands and face really well, then had him soak in a baking soda bath. In previous cases, his eyes returned to normal in a few hours. I put him to bed and he slept fine, but the next morning, when I was expecting full recovery, I found him with one eye completely swollen shut, the other a slit with crusties all around it. I started Benadryl and dried nettles every four hours and my husband gave him a blessing. It took three days for the swelling to go down, but even after that, his eyes were scaly and itchy, with terrible dark circles around them. That Saturday, as we left on our trip, nearly a week later, he cried for three hours because his eyes hurt so badly in both the car ride to the airport and most of the flight. When we got to Florida he was looking better and improved quickly the next day. By Monday he looked completely normal and didn’t complain about his eyes for the whole trip.
The day after we got back his eyes were red and itchy again. He seems to have developed allergies to some pollen in our area right now. He has never suffered from seasonal allergies before. I was teasing him that maybe he needed to go back to Florida and asked him if he wanted me to find him some new parents that lived there and he broke out in tears! He is such a tender spirit with so much love; it is extremely difficult to see him suffering. This is what drives me to be so vigilant about improving our health.
It has been a disheartening experience and I am determined to figure this out. Besides knowing exactly what is causing it, I want to prevent it, I want healing. The last thing I want to do is the first thing many people choose to “fix” a problem, which is popping a pill. I have my heart set on finding another way. I feel there is too much risk with a pill; effectiveness, side effects and irreversible damage. I have so many questions and unknowns that my biggest vice becomes patience. We can’t just instantly know these things. They have to be pondered, carefully researched, taken to the Lord and given time to be made clear, little by little. My! Mothering is a spiritual experience. At times like these, I gain great strength and hope through studying words such as these.