Day 19: not having pinkeye or glaucoma

This is a weird one, but it’s the reason this blog is coming so late. Today’s simple joy is knowing that I do not have pinkeye and I do not have glaucoma. You’re probably thinking yeah, I don’t have it either…your point?

Late yesterday my eye started itching a lot and I rubbed it a lot. I noticed it was getting red, but figured that was from my allergies and from all the rubbing. It didn’t hurt and it wasn’t doing anything else that seemed infectionish so I didn’t cancel plans. I get that problem from time to time and thought I recognized it.

Then during a meeting last night, my eye exploded with pain and got very, very red. I went to the doctor this morning and he said pinkeye. I was very embarrassed and frustrated. The thing was, pinkeye does not cause that much pain. And I was in a lot of pain. I’m the person who drove myself to the hospital with a bad appendix but my eye had me in tears right there at the doctor’s office. He said that if the pain got worse I needed to see an eye doctor immediately because there was a chance it could be acute sudden onset of glaucoma, which I didn’t even know could happen. Within an hour, I was in excruciating pain so I went to an eye doctor to rule out glaucoma.

It turns out, I don’t have glaucoma (thank God!). I also don’t have pinkeye. I suddenly felt a lot better about staying at my meeting last night! It turns out that all the rubbing and napping in my contacts from this past week inflamed my eyeball and made it swell. The swelling made my contact not fit right, which in turn irritated the eye even more. I basically have a swollen eye ball that is very, very irritated. All I need are drops. I don’t have to stay away from people and I don’t have to have surgery.

By the way, your simple joy of the day can be that I’m not showing you pictures of all of this!

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