Monday, October 20, 2008

Brave New World

It's a sad, sad, day when one has to put away one's Chacos for one's socks and shoes. The cold weather has finally forced me into practicality. I had to break down and wear socks and closed-toed shoes today.

I loathe socks. I loathe closed-toed shoes.

Sniffle. I'm so sad.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Eyes Have It

Thursday night, my eye really started bothering me.

This isn't anything new. My allergies have progressively taken over my body for the past couple of years, and during this time of year I usually get allergy-induced pink eye. I even have some drops for this that I'll put in to heal my eye up.

I put some drops in Thursday night before I went to bed. When I woke up Friday, the problem was worse. The drops did not work. I went to school anyway, thinking I probably had the "real" pink eye, since I do work at a middle school with lots of germy children.

Apparently, my eye looked so heinous that my 3rd period kids kept freaking out about it (this is a really mature group, have I mentioned this?). I had to wear sunglasses in 3rd period just so they would quit whining about how weird my eye looked. I thought the sunglasses might make it worse, but the kids got over it and got to work, so apparently it was better to look like a reject from "Miami Vice" than a freak from the circus.

Today, I woke up with gunk in my eye and no signs of improvement. I decided that it was finally time to make that dreaded trip to Quick Care to pay $45 to get a pink eye diagnosis, as well as a written prescription to take care of the problem.

After telling the people at Quick Care that I probably had pink eye (I mean, let's be honest - the allergy drops didn't work and several kids at school had it) I was proven wrong.

I have an ULCER on my cornea. You can't see it. My eye is just obnoxiously red around the cornea and in a lot of pain. The doctor determined this by putting some bright orange drops in my eye. After that, he looked at my eye with a red light. Afterward, I went home and it looked like I had been beaten by an Ooomph-Loomph. I had a HUGE orange ring around my eye.

After my diagnosis, he game me my prescription. This was the most sadistic prescription I have ever heard of. I was told to put antibiotic eye drops in my eye every fifteen minutes. Yes, you read that correctly. Every fifteen minutes. I had to do that for six hours, and then I had to take the drops every thirty minutes. These peopled expected get up every thirty minutes during my sleep time and put drops in my eyes??!! Really?!?

Of course, after I told my Mom that they could keep dreaming, this is the conversation that we had:

Mom: I've been thinking about those eye drops. You need to wake up every thirty minutes and take them tonight. Make Jeremy wake you up.

Me: Mom, are you kidding me?? I'm not going to do that! I'll get up every few hours or so, but not every thirty minutes. I wouldn't even get to sleep. I need the weekends to sleep - I work during the week!

Mom: You need to do this! This is serious! You only have two eyes and you need to take care of them! If you don't do this, I'm going to call you every thirty minutes tonight and make sure that you take them!!! Do you hear me?!?!!

Me: Okay, Mom - geez.

Mom: You said, "okay, Mom." That means you PROMISED me you would wake up every thirty minutes and take those eye drops.

Anyway, after explaining that "Okay, Mom -geez" did not mean that I would promise her to take eye drops every thirty minutes, we came to a compromise that I would wake up every few hours or so to take them.

Anyway, that was my night. Jeremy and I are pretty tired this morning. There were some blips of two hours when I really didn't get any sleep at all because (somehow, I can't explain it) the medicine found a way to run down my throat and it made me pretty nauseous.

Needless to say, I'll be in my glasses for awhile. At this point I don't think I'll ever be able to wear contacts again. I have to go to my real eye doctor tomorrow to see if there has been any improvement, and if not more drastic measures may be taken.

I did read on Web MD that they can do a corneal transplant, which doesn't sound too bad at this point. Unfortunately, who takes Web MD seriously?