It was a beautiful Saturday morning in Texas. I wore my brightest dress for the Houston Children’s Festival. I came prepared with water bottle, juice, an apple, pistachios and a greek yogurt, which easily fills me up. I conducted vision screens and measured heights and weights.
So there I was standing in the hot blazing sun checking kids eyes until I felt I would pass out from heat stroke. I took cover in the shade and helped with face painting at regular intervals depending on the shade cast over our tent. Then my shift was over and I went on my way.
Fast Forward to Sunday morning. I slept well the night before but woke up feeling a bit sluggish. I didn’t make it to church for Palm Sunday and I never miss Palm Sunday Service. So I watched Dr. Charles Stanley, played my WOW Gospel 2000 and slowly started my day. I looked in the mirror and noticed my eyes were red. Assuming I had just too wild of a time with the kiddies, I decided to go to bed early for much needed eye rest. I slept 12 hrs that night. Monday morning I woke up with my eyes crusted shut. Holy Moly! Yes, strings of mucous and all that gross stuff. Bilateral Conjunctivitis!!!! And immediately I thought of all those sweet little bacteria-wielding children I played with. I played over again in my mind me asking my staff for paper towels and water to wipe my hands and them telling me we had none. I recalled wishing I had packed hand sanitizer. And these thoughts made me sad.
Today is Doctor’s Day. It’s not often doctor’s get shown appreciation for all they do. And here I was spending mine riddled with the affliction of the ones I heal. My mother managed to get me through my entire childhood without having pink eye, chicken pox, or strept throat. Since I’ve been a doctor I have been victim to the flu (on pediatric rotation), Pneumonia (during gen surg rotation), most certainly colonized with MRSA and now conjunctivitis as a practicing physician.
Today is Doctor’s Day. I am missing my Doctor’s appreciation breakfast because I’m contagious. Happy Doctor’s Day to Me.