Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Woe Is Me

I’m sorry people, but I don’t think that I got the appropriate amount of pity from you guys concerning my story of sickness and pain in my last post.

So, in the interest of me getting some sympathy, let me now expound upon my weekend plight.

First off, I am “prone” to getting strep, which pretty much sucks. In fact, I got a nasty case of strep throat, like clockwork, every September and January of my life from the age of 12 up through the tender jail-bait age of 18. The frequency of me catching it has decreased over the years, but I can usually still be counted on to have a throat full of razor blades every year or so.

Now, on to the eye infection: Here’s an evolution lesson for ya: The reason we have eyelashes is to protect our eyes from dust and particles that might get into our eyes. But MY eyes, lucky me, are INCREDIBLY sensitive to certain kinds of dust. So much so, that I am SUPPOSED to wash my eyelids with baby shampoo every day.

Of course, I am a lazy shit, so I rarely do this. And on days like Friday (the fourth of July), I paid the price for it.

Whenever this happens to me, I get a real bad pain in my eye, like a burning. It usually lasts a few hours, and then when the pain goes away, I see that there is usually a small white “dot” in the cornea of one of my big beautiful brown eyes. It doesn’t hurt, but it’s usually uncomfortable enough that I have to keep a hand on my eyelid for the day, to keep it from irritating my eye. In short, it sucks.

Usually whenever this happens to me, the offending white spot is a small dot, like I mentioned, or sometimes when its worse, it looks like a small white line. What’s worse is that the bigger the dot, the more sensitive my eyes get to light until it goes away.

When I woke up on Friday, my right eye was literally about 1/3 white. I have never had a flare-up that bad in my life. We had a big party to go to for the 4th, but there was NO WAY I could venture out outside. Even walking past an open window made me reel back into the darkness like Nosferatu.

So, not wanting to disappoint my little one, I sent him and Friz off to the party, and I spent my 4th of July this year sitting alone in a dark room with a warm compress over my eyes while I listened to my ipod. This can easily go down as the worst 4th of July I have ever had.

Saturday, we were supposed to be throwing a BBQ for some friends, but as luck would have it, the infection traveled to my OTHER eye, so I was down for the count that day as well. Party cancelled. Yay me!

I’m all better now, but I have just suffered through one of the most uncomfortable weekends of my life, and had a shitty holiday to boot, and I want my requisite PITY, dammit!


SK Waller said...

I feel your pain. I too am prone to strep and my right eye is always right about when the wind is going to start "sweepin' down the plain" the next day. I have a tiny bottle of drops that cost $85, and I don't have insurance. If I don't get them (OTCs don't work) my eye turns red and swollen and watery and it sucks.

I'll sympathize with you!

Slyde said...

thank you steph! most people dont understand just hot incredibly irratating eye trouble can be :)