The Eyes Have It

Due to circumstances beyond my control, this will be the only post today. Why? Well, it’s because I can’t see.

On Christmas Eve, I was in the shower when it felt like an eyelash was stuck in my left eye. I tried to rinse it out, but after a few attempts, I had no luck. I checked the eye in the mirror and didn’t see anything, but it still felt like something was in there. I decided to put in my contact lenses to see if they would work.

Big mistake.

The lenses exacerbated the situation, and not only did there feel like a foreign object was in my eye, but it also make my eye blurry. So, the Harry Potter glasses came out. Cristmas Eve was awful. I continually borrowed my sister-in-law’s saline solution because my eyes were burning. Worse still, it felt like the eyelash, or whatever, was still in the eye.

On Christmas morning, my left eye was shut from seepage. I assumed that meant I had pink eye, but nothing was red and/or swollen. I tried to rinse out the eye – again – with no luck, so I suffered through Christmas and hoped my ophthalmologist would rescue me. Looking at their site, the doc is not in until January 4th.

Swell.

We got home form my mother-in-law’s house at 8pm, and I immediately got changed and headed to the hospital. Lord knows I don’t like doing that, but it had been two days and the blurriness was getting worse. I apologized to the nurse, and said, “It’s probably nothing too serious, but I kinda like my eyes.”

A physician’s assistant came in, looked around, and said this is either an eye infection or a scratched cornea. I really didn’t want a cornea problem, so, like Kendall Jenner, I hoped for the infection. The PA numbed my left eye with drops, and added stain to the eye so it could be seen through ultraviolet light. This would determine if there was an object in the eye.

Thankfully, the eye was clear.

The PA took a sample of the goop near the eyelid and determined it was likely an infection. She put some antibiotic ointment on my eye, and I have to repeat it four times a day for five days. It’s an annoying, creepy thing to do – I have issues with people getting near my eyes – but it’s far better than a scratched cornea.

So, I will try to get back to regular posting tomorrow. As of this moment I can barely see the screen clearly. You can see how my left eye is a little droopy in the photo above – no smile, because I was tired and in pain. Oh, and since Ronni asked for a pic to see how much weight I lost, this shows some of it, at least in my face. I can get a better pic up later, when I can actually see again.

14 thoughts on “The Eyes Have It

  1. Nobody needs all 5 senses, you’ll be fine. Just get a cute doggy to lead you around. I’ll take my raging ear infection over your eye infection any day, although both suck at Christmas.

    Here’s hoping 2020 is the year you stay healthy!

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  2. 2020 will be the year of health, wealth, and prosperity. Trump will win, you’ll see all the tears of rage the liberals cry, and life will be good. But, between now and then, hope your eye infection clears up quickly. No fun at all being blind.

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  3. Cathy – Sorry about your cold. And yeah, it was tough watching Premier League soccer today when I can only mostly see out of one eye.

    Ingineer- I’d take my chances with anything other than my eyes. I lose sight Jenn – Thanks, – even partial – in an eye, it’s career-ending.

    Jenn – Thanks. Half blind or not, I went to the gym today. Not letting this keep me sidelined. Hope your ears get better soon.

    RG – The antibiotics seem to be working. Not much pain anymore, but I have to put the gel on my eye four times a day.

    TX Nick – I’ll be good, Not a fan of my contact lenses right now, but I’ll live.

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  4. Wyatt, hate to tell you this, but you’re probably going to toss the one for your left eye. When I had pink eye, I asked my eye doctor if I could use my contacts. I was told only if I wanted to get re-infected.

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  5. MelP – I’m expecting that. It’s worth it to never get this again. I’ve had them for more than twenty years and this never happened before. It’s just frustrating. I can’t see my eye doctor until next week at the earliest, so I’ll have to wait on a diagnosis.

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  6. Warm soaks, patch the eye, use your antibiotic drops as prescribed, do not rub or touch the eye…no contacts for at least a week…you probably did have a minor corneal abrasion the APN missed with the fluorescein…follow up with the ophthalmologist…

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  7. Did you know that Philadelphia is home to one of 4 Eye Emergency Rooms in the nation? Wills Eye Institute – at Jefferson. The doc’s there saved me from a potential future retinal detachment by fixing my retinal tear in place with a laser – at 10 p.m. on a Saturday night a few years ago. Next time – consider heading there….

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  8. Ronni – It’s nice to be thinner although Christmas food is taking its toll.

    Photog – I do know, but I wasn’t sure it would be open on Christmas night. The docs told me to head there if things worsen. So far, the eyes are slowly getting better. Thanks.

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