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Cast the branch out of your eye

Scratched my cornea yesterday on a tree branch while trimming the branches hanging over the fence from a neighbor's tree. Found this out when I went to the emergency room this morning because my eye still hurt so badly. Have antibiotic ointment now to squeeze into my lower lid to coat my cornea with. Should be healed in a couple of days, they say, but man it hurts in the meantime.

The triage nurse at Lenox Hill was a real character. Tall, portly, white-haired and -bearded man with a short red-dyed ponytail. So much huge turquoise- and other-stone-encrusted silver jewelry on his hands and wrists it was almost like he was wearing greaves. Necklace of what looked like bone segments around his throat. When I told him how it happened, he said, "Should have stayed inside, man. I always say, work is hazardous to your health."

Pleasant ER visit, as those things go. Sunday morning at 7:40 is apparently a good time to go. Took only about an hour from our arrival until filling my prescription at a pharmacy a few blocks away. We were the only ones in the waiting room when we arrived.

Off to coat my eye with goop.



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Jun. 19th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
Wow, very scary. I hope you heal soon and well.
Jun. 19th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The prospects are good, though from time to time I still feel like I broke a solemn promise and am getting needles in my eye.
Jun. 19th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
My sympathies!
Ouch--I had a papercut on the cornea once, and I remember the sensation vividly. Eye pain is vastly more distracting than many of the other kinds.

Recover soon.
Jun. 19th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: My sympathies!
I got a cardboard cut on my cornea once. Someone at work was swinging a cardboard box around when I rounded the corner. :{

Heal well!
Jun. 19th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
Re: My sympathies!
Oh, my God, that sounds horrible too. Paper cuts and cardboard cuts both sound a lot more dangerous to the eye than my little branch scrape. How long did yours take to heal?
Jun. 20th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
Re: My sympathies!
I actually still have the mark! On the white of my eye, near my iris, there's a little bloodspot. It's been there a little over a year, so I don't think it's going away.

I think it stopped hurting after a week or so. Doesn't bother me at all anymore, and the spot's rather small. You don't really see it unless you're looking for it.
Jun. 20th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re: My sympathies!
Post a picture! Take a close-up of your and use it as a user icon!
Jun. 20th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
Re: My sympathies!
You mean like this? :) Can't really see it in that picture, unfortunately.

I'll see if I can find a more detailed picture.
Jun. 20th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
Re: My sympathies!
Yes, I had looked at that one already to see if the spot was visible. Not to my right-eye-blurry vision!
Jun. 19th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Re: My sympathies!
Paper cut! Holy samolians! Ouch! How did that happen?
Jun. 19th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: My sympathies!
I was flipping through a stack of legal-sized papers, but beyond that I'm afraid I'm hazy on how it happened. Basically the edge of the page I was handing up to someone--he was standing, I was seated--caught the side of my eye. That my glasses failed to get in my way was just another element of weird.
Jun. 20th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
Re: My sympathies!
I was wearing glasses too! Turned my head and the branch slid right in from the side. Usually glasses are decent protection, but this time they might actually have forced the branch closer to my eye, I don't know.
Jun. 20th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: My sympathies!
Yeah, that can happen.
Jun. 19th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)

I scratched my cornea once when I caught a softball with my left eye. It hurt like a cast-iron sonofabitch, but I did get to wear a piratical eye patch. See if you can get one of those for yourself. Yarrrr!
Jun. 19th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
I'm so jealous! They didn't give me an eyepatch. I'll see if I can get one when I follow up at the Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Infirmary. Avast, ye opticians!

(Did you at least score an out catching the softball?)
Jun. 20th, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
I once had an angry girlfriend enucleate my left eye with a teaspoon, then try to bite the dangling eyeball off my face.
Jun. 20th, 2005 02:35 am (UTC)
PS—I know you're a fan of Overheard in New York:
This is Funny if You Like Vitreous Humor
Guy: I touched your eyeball, doesn't that mean I love you?
Girl: Touch it again!
Guy: No you freak!
--N/W Broadway station
Jun. 20th, 2005 10:19 am (UTC)
Ewww! Hah!

I have an Overheard I keep meaning to send in:

Office drone in softball getup #1: You ever heard of these guys we're playing tonight? Who are they?
Office drone in softball getup #2: "Doubleclick"? I don't know. Sounds like something with a mouse.
—E train
Jun. 21st, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
"Doubleclick"? I don't know. Sounds like something with a mouse.

Actually it's something with a rat. :-)
Jun. 21st, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
Ain't that the truth! (I hope the Office Drones clobbered them.)
Jun. 20th, 2005 10:16 am (UTC)
Did I ever meet that girlfriend? If so, I always knew she was the type inclined to ocular violence. There's a certain class of woman around whom one should always don protective eyewear. I'm just saying.
Jun. 20th, 2005 11:59 am (UTC)
There's a certain class of woman around whom one should always don protective eyewear.

If Bertie Wooster didn't say that, he should have. "Say no more, Jeeves: Love is dead."
Jun. 20th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
"Indubitably, sir."
Jun. 21st, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
Owowowowow. Sorry to hear that, Bill. Your backyard is beginning to sound like a dangerous place...
Jun. 21st, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
A skewered foot, a lacerated eye ... next someone's going to burst an appendix!
Jun. 21st, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm safe from that fate. I was appendectomized in 1974. (One reason I've never felt any affinity for the SCA folks, or anyone who romanticizes living in a time without antibiotics and anaesthesia.)
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