God’s bull’s eye

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 I came across this verse today and, it reminded me of a patient I once had. Psalm 25 :12 (MSG) “what are God-worshippers like? Arrows aimed at God’s bull’s-eye.” Don’t you think its awesome that we can’tmiss God’s target when we worship him? However, the mention of eyes remided me of ocular health and safety. Back to my patient. She was 2 years old, fair,pretty and playful. Her father was talking to a nurse as I walked into the ward. She was rolling on the floor muttering the jibberish children her age are known for. I squatted before her to say hello, when I noticed her eyes. They were opaque,with a whitish covering over both irises . You don’t need medical training to know she was blind. “Was she born blind? ” I asked. “No”,her father replied “She had fever and redness of the eyes at the age of 9 months. Our neighbours advised her mother to put cow’s urine into her eyes. She did and when it got worse, we tried putting fuel (gasoline) into her eyes. By the time we took her to hospital, it was too late.” I screamed in frustration, anger,sorrow, I don’tknow why but, it seemed to deserve a scream. He went on to say he was out of town during these events due to his job. When his wife observed her daughter was losing her sight, she abandoned both her husband and child. Her whereabouts were unknown as at that time. Our eyes are so precious. Those of us gifted with sight should guard it jealously. There is no reason to instill any substance into the eyes, except prescribed by a doctor. Breast milk, urine, kerosene, fuel and herbs are not for the eyes. If a poison is ingested,( that is swallowed), the liver and kidney are on hand to reduce the likelihood of injury. The eye is so fragile and vulnerable, I shudder to think that anyone would treat it with levity. Here are some tips to promote eye health 1. Do protect your eyes with sunglasses when the sun is high. 2. Clean discharges with a clean clothpreferably moist. 3. Do not use eye drops except prescribed for you and do not give your eye drops to anyone else. They may have similar symptoms with you but you don’t know if there is a pre-existing condition that makes the drug dangerous for them. Allergies, heart disease, pregnacy, are possible conditions that could give rise to complications when you try to treat people with your own drugs. 4. Supervise children during play so they do not injure themselves or others with sharp objects. 5. Get a specialist’s (ophthalmologist’s) opinion if in doubt. I know you’re wondering how the little girl in my story ended up. She was reffered to a center where eye surgeries were being done for free and the last I heard was they promised her sight would be restored. We are indeed arrows aimed at God’s bull eye. Letyour eyes remain healthy so you don’t miss your target.


7 thoughts on “God’s bull’s eye

    sandy said:
    September 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Aaaahh jeeez so scary. Promise to always consult my doctor. Tanx Dr.N

    Pam Jay said:
    September 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Article is a good read Dr. N. Will sure be back for more.

    Nkay said:
    September 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Poor child.. can’t imagine how she feels! A lot to learn from this! Thanx doc.

    Lizzieebunoluwa said:
    October 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Whoa!…You don’t say!…what was the mother thinking?I don’t think the absence of advanced medical knowledge is integral to expressing basic grit&gumption. May that young girl experience the reality of God’s love for her…regardless…

    Insightful&practicable post doc! I especially love the scriptural allusion…uberremarkable!…


    itstamie said:
    December 27, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    First time I heard of breast milk into the eyes for cure of neonatal jaundice I was shocked.
    Then there is the one of squeezing onions into the eyes of someone convulsing.
    I just taya.
    One doesn’t need much brain to know that the eye is delicate and should be treated as such. Why sit at home and try all all these left sided ??remedies and present to the hospital when the damage is done.
    I hoped the lil girl was eventually helped.

      drnsmusings responded:
      December 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Ha! Ppl tend to trust those with similar IQs to theirs. If u speak “asperi spri”, they tune off. Hence, d trado docs thrive

    Fey said:
    August 16, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Awwwh, how callous of the mother to have abandoned her little girl. She may have felt contrite; we don’t know sha and probably couldn’t live with the questions that would come up every time she or anyone looked at her fair, pretty, playful little girl.

    I pray that the little girl has had her eyesight restored now.

    Thank you Dr. N for sharing your muses.


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