FYI: Sharp paper corner in the eye = bad

  1. Math Is Hard

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    For any of you thinking of trying this at home, let me tell you this is not fun. I accidentally jabbed myself in the eye a couple of weeks ago, and after a couple of minutes of screaming in pain, I thought it was over. But last week, I started having this hard eye-twitch and some pain in my eyeball. Vision is blurred, too, on the side. I think I might have jacked up my cornea.

    I called my HMO today and they were very sympathetic - they pulled out all the stops and got me an appointment for January 15th. :grumpy: Oh man, I'm gonna end up a pirate!

    So, where can I find a pretty eye-patch that will go with a lot of outfits?
     
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  3. Ivan Seeking

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    Oh no!!! Is there any sign of infection? You might check with an ER first, but I would think that you should be using antibiotic eye drops until you see the doctor.

    Btw you're in good company. Before using prisms and lenses, Newton would poke his eye with a stick until he saw light and dark rings.

    well, not quite but sort of... :biggrin:
     
  4. Moonbear

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    Ouch! I agree with Ivan, you shouldn't wait two months to get your eye checked out. By then, you'll either have destroyed your eyesight with a nasty infection, or it'll have healed itself. Not much use to seeing them at that point (no pun intended). Things like cornea abrasions, especially if it's blurring your vision, should be treated immediately (or at least checked immediately to determine if treatment is needed).
     
  5. Math Is Hard

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    You know, it's the weirdest thing. I have looked and looked but don't see any sign of injury. Not even redness. But I can sure feel it. If it gets worse in the next few days I'll go camp out in the ER with the undocumented folks, and maybe the physicians will be able to see me within 48 hours or so. :biggrin:

    Newton used to poke himself in the eye? No kidding?
     
  6. Evo

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    They can't get you in to see a general practitioner before then? I'm assuming you have to wait until the middle of January for a specialist?

    You should have someone look at it sooner just to make sure it's not becoming infected.

    Want to hear about the guy I work with that went to the Bahama's for vacation and a couple of weeks after he returned, his left eye started itching and burning, went to the doctor, gave him some eye drops. A couple of weeks later he woke up blind.

    He wears contacts and apparently when he was showering a parasite in the water got behind his contact lens. He wears those 30 day ones. Because of the contact, the parasite became trapped between his eye & the contact. So it decided to lay eggs. They hatched and they started eating his eyeball.

    Then they spread to his other eye and the same thing happened.

    Both of his corneas were eaten.

    GO TO THE DOCTOR NOW!
     
  7. Math Is Hard

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    meh.. I've been trying to walk it off. Maybe I'll call my veterinarian - they are easier to get an appointment with than people Drs. :smile:
     
  8. Ivan Seeking

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    Oh gosh... boy, I'm with MB, we're talking about your vision. I don't think you can wait.

    I just saw this on a special about Newton on PBS last night. He would take an instrument of some kind I think, basically a sharp stick, and press between the bottom of his eye and and the eye socket until he saw diffraction rings, apparently. I didn't quite catch the beginning so I'm little unsure of the entire story, but that's basically it.
     
  9. Math Is Hard

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    The January appt. is just for the Primary Care Provider. A specialist would take even longer. I gotta ditch this HMO. They said I could call back and check for cancellations, though.
     
  10. dduardo

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    A black patch isn't a bad look :rofl:
     

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  11. Ivan Seeking

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    We used to do this, but after Tsu scheduled me for neutering, I stopped going.
     
  12. Evo

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    I'll pay for you to go to the doctor, we're talking about your eyes.
     
  13. Math Is Hard

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    OK, guys. I promise I'll figure something out and get it looked at.

    p.s Thanks, dduardo - it does have a certain mystique!! And becoming a pirate would reduce global warming!!
     
  14. Evo

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    Rub some salt in your eye and walk into the ER screaming.
     
  15. Moonbear

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    Tell them if you go blind before then, you're suing them for malpractice! Geez. What's the point of paying for the insurance if they refuse to see you? Have you tried just showing up to their office and refusing to leave until someone can treat your emergency? Or just pay someone outside the HMO to see you...I think I'd opt for debt over blindness...actually, if they find something that needs treatment, I'd send the bill to the HMO telling them it couldn't wait until they got off their duffs. If they have more patients than they can see in a reasonable time, they need to either stop enrolling new patients or hire more doctors/expand their office (yeah, I get riled up with I hear that people have to wait months to see a doctor for something that should be seen right away).
     
  16. Math Is Hard

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    Not a bad plan!:rofl:
     
  17. Moonbear

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    :bugeye: No, no salt in the eye! :surprised I should have known the return of tribdog had to be an omen of injuries to come.
     
  18. Evo

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    Oh, right! MIH, rub the salt in your *good* eye. :tongue:

    Maybe too abrasive?

    Salt water eyewash. :tongue2:
     
  19. Eye patches can be sexy...
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    Best to not actually need one though. I hope your eye will be alright.

    I remember how horrid it was trying to get appointments the last time I went to the doctor. The earliest appointments were always at least a month away. One of those appointments I showed up at and was told the doctor would not be in that day and had to set one for yet another month later. Basterds.
     
  20. dduardo

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  21. I believe the actual Newton experiment was to insert a '"bodkin" twixt his eye ' and skull and scrape around on the bone behind his eye. I don't know where I got this information but I think that both bodkin and twixt were Newton's own words and his reason for doing it was "to see what would happen" I also learned that a bodkin is some sort of metal pin.
    I thought you were winking at me, but if you loose your eye MIH I know where you can get a recycled glass one.
     
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