Pink Eye

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, December 10, 1912:  I’ve got the pink eye now. It’s in both eyes. I look a good bit like a fright. Can’t see very well at present. Oh dear, I wonder when I’ll get over my terrible diseases.

Eye bath

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Good grief!  PINK EYE!  Grandma was sick so much during Fall, 1912—and I was really hoping she was getting over the cold that she’s complained about on and off ever since November 28. Now this . .

Here’s a remedy for sore eyes in a hundred –year-old book called The Compendium of Everyday Wants:

The following is a soothing lotion to be applied with an eye bath several times a day. One grain borax, one ounce camphor water.

21 thoughts on “Pink Eye

  1. My, what a wonderful blog! My great-great-grandmother kept a diary and I have been thinking of a way to write a post about her. I know she would have been on Facebook or have written a blog!

    What you have done is a very creative way to share her diary. I must follow yours to find out more about her.

  2. I have a new appreciation for what they must have had to do to battle colds back then. I’ve bought all kinds of stuff over the past few days…it’s a crap shoot. Half of it has had no effect at all. The borax eye bath sounds daunting.

      1. Oh my word, hello. Nice to see new faces at Boomdeeadda. Congratulations on your award and thanks so much for your kind words. I’ve been enjoying Sheryl’s posts for a while now. I must pop over to see what you’re up to as well. Since I’ve been nominated for this award before, I will happily add a link back to your site from my nominations page. I hope to get to know you soon, many thanks Sheri.

  3. She is sure having a difficult year. and by the way…congratulations on the award, you do have a sweet blog! 😀

  4. I have a clear glass eye bath from the 1930’s belonging to my oldest brother (25 years older than me) and I also have one made of milk glass. I remember being asked to go to the store for a bag of borax for an elderly lady to bathe her eye.

  5. Most of my family, from my parents back, grew up in rural Kentucky. In fact, the your banner photo could be the house of my Aunt and Uncle. I was too young and don’t really know much about my family’s life back then, but your blog helps to give me a good idea. The blog concept is great and very well done.

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