making it worse

November 17, 2008

I’ve said a few times that I believe clumsiness is more a way of life than an occasional condition.

I have proved myself right yet again. In the last post, I mentioned being sick with the flu. Here’s a word to the wise: just stay in bed.

I felt better last Friday so I decided I would be productive and go about my usual day. I woke up, ate breakfast (a first for last week), put my contacts in and went to classes. At the end of the day I was so proud of myself.

When I woke up at 6 a.m. the next morning and could not see out of my right eye, I was less proud of myself.

I had never had Pinkeye before, but I was pretty sure that was what I had. I had to call an emergency appointment with my eye doctor for Saturday morning (which was so cheap) and he basically told me it was my own fault.

Apparently, when you have a virus and you wear contact lenses, the lenses cut off the oxygen supply to your cornea. When oxygen is cut off, your eye, just like other mucus membranes in your body, begins to show signs of your virus. It was lovely.

(If I had just searched online I would have found so many sites telling me not to wear them.)

So now I’m on antibiotic eye drops every two hours and still sick because the flair-up actually made my virus last longer.

It’s not exactly clumsy, but I would definitely say that this happened to me because I am a klutz and I’m always doing the wrong thing.


This little mistake ended up costing me more than my health and time — I racked up $90 in eye doctor bills.