I’m not sure how well this is going to go today. Last night, sometime not too long after midnight, maybe, I must have done something to scratch the conjunctiva of my right eye behind the middle of the upper eyelid, and it wasn’t long before I woke up with real, sharp pain. I haven’t been able to see anything in there, such as a foreign body, despite mirrors, lights, and bright flashlights, and a complete lack of squeamishness about looking around under my own eyelid. All I can see is that it’s irritated, though it feels as though there’s a needle in it. But, of course, I can’t see very well in there even with lights and flashlight and lack of squeamishness, because the eye in question is impaired by the irritation, so there are limits.
I would offer to take and include with this post a picture from my cell phone camera, but I don’t see how that would help.
It’s so bad that I was tempted just to stay home from work, but the problem is, there are too many things in and around the house that are irritating to my eyes in and of themselves—dust from work that’s being done, residual cat dander from the people who used to live in the room in which I’m currently staying (and who had two cats), the general feeling of being annoyed because of where I live…these are all reasons not to want to lie around the house. Anyway, I would probably just feel guilty, even if I had a good reason—which I I do, in a way.
I suppose I could claim to have—or fear that I have—“pink eye”, but even if I had it, it would be bacterial conjunctivitis, since it’s entirely unilateral; the viral form spreads so easily that it frequently occurs in both eyes. Also, I just don’t have any other signs or symptoms that go with pink eye. I am shedding a lot of tears—ironically, not because of my mood—but they are not tainted with pus. Conjunctivitis tends to produce a greenish discharge. Mine is as clear as more ordinary tears.
Nevertheless, those tears are annoying, as is the process itself. And it’s not as though I could just pop into my primary doctor’s office to get it looked at, and maybe get some prescription eyedrops; I don’t have insurance, and I don’t have a primary doctor. This is what comes from a combination of apparent “neurodivergence”, dysthymia, possible other neuropsychiatric issues, chronic pain, a completely ruined life, a comparative lack of higher-level self-preservation drive*, and a near-total lack of social supports (a complete lack, locally speaking).
So it’s not as though anyone else is going to take care of me when I’m not feeling well. That’s not surprising, really, and it’s probably no more than I deserve; I’m not the sort of person other people seem to want to take care of, and I usually have been better at (and preferred) taking care of other people than the reverse. I’m still the one to whom people at the office always come if they need band-aids, or antiseptic, or Tylenol, or to have an MRI report explained to them, all that kind of stuff. I’m a bad patient, but I’ve almost always been considered a good doctor by those who are qualified to judge.
Anyway, my eye is really annoying me, and I want to give it a rest, so I’ll draw to a close here for today, and also for this week. If this post is too short, well, at least yesterday I wrote a longish one, with pictures and video and everything. Feel free to check it and/or any of my other, older posts out. Have a good weekend.
*Though, as I’ve commented before, here and on Twitter, even if one is intellectually okay with the fact that one is going to die, it’s hard to ignore the fear of death that evolution has baked into us. “And thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of”…well, instinct, not thought, in this case. But terminologies change over time, and I think Hamlet was basically saying what I mean.