Wednesday, July 20, 2005

It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye...

And hopefully, that someone won't be me. Please bear with my during my tale of woe. Monday at the gym I noticed that my left eye socket hurt in the outside corner. Hmmm. That's weird. It hurt all day (to the touch and if I closed my eye with more than a blink). So yesterday I wake up and not only does it hurt MORE, but now it's all swollen up, too. I've thankfully never been punched in the eye, but I imagine this is very much what it would feel like. So I call the eye doctor and they squeeze me in. As I feared, he really didn't know what it was since my actual eyeball did not seem to be affected. He thought it could be cellulitis (a skin infection which my daughter has been getting ALOT lately) so he prescribed me a Z-pak.

I popped the first two antibiotics and then went to lunch. After lunch I felt really bloated and uncomfortable. By the time I got home I could almost not stay awake. It is very rare for me to be able to nap during the day, but I PASSED OUT for about an hour. When I woke up I still felt crappy. I skipped dinner altogether (no appetite) and got the kids to bed as early as possible since I was starting to feel DIZZY too! After icing my eye for an hour and popping a Tylenol 3 (neither of which worked) I managed to sleep fitfully all night.

Well THIS morning, my eyeball decided to get involved in the fun! It looks all red on one side and kind of yellow and bulgy by the iris. Sigh. After another $20 co-pay, a different eye doctor at the office confirmed the original diagnosis and threw some eye drops at me to shut me up. Gee...at this point I sure am HOPING this is cellulitis! (although according to the all-knowing internet, periorbital cellulitis doesn't involve your actual eye, Mkay?)

So if the poison..I mean MEDICINE they gave me doesn't start making some drastic improvements in the next day, I guess I'll have to suck it up and go to a regular doctor and see if THEY have a clue! If only I HAD a regular doctor! Nothing like throwing yourself on the mercy of the front desk staff as a new patient. I bet they love that.

Well, I think I feel that zithromax kicking in so it's almost nappy time for me! Wish me (and my eyeball) luck!

Eye infections SUCK.
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