Aug 03, 2020

Unexpected medical visit on Monday of the long weekend

Saturday morning after rubbing my eyes I felt a very strong sensation in my left eye.  As the day progressed it became a constant pain that never went away.  It just kept intensifying. At one point we discussed going to the hospital but I said I would wait until Monday morning. I took one extra strength Tylenol and applied cold compresses. I slept poorly, tossing and turning.

The pain this morning was constant and even more so with each blink.  Colin sent an email to our eye doctor and she replied within ten minutes. The first time she could see me was at 7 PM Tuesday.  However after asking me a number of questions she offered to meet us at her office in forty minutes at 10:00AM.  I honestly did not expect that but I also did not think that I could last until end of day Tuesday. So that is how I ended seeing Dr. Reimer  at 10AM on the Monday of a long weekend.

Turns out that I had an eyelash growing upward and inward on my upper left eyelid.  Most unusual she said.  I actually remember that about 4 – 6 weeks ago I had the sensation of something in my left eye.  I could not get it out,  I used eye washes and various drops and after about three or four days I no longer felt like there was something in my eye.  Likely that is when that lash started to grow and irritate my eye.  She said that my eye looked swollen, mushy and irritated. So she removed the eyelash without anesthetic – I was feeling brave and so relieved that something might be of help.  She also inverted my eyelid and did a thorough check and later added dye for a fourth and final check. The charge was $35.00 for the emergency appointment plus the cost of special lubricating eyedrops as well as Trobedex (tobramycin and dexamethasone )  a combination antibiotic and steroid. I was most impressed with how I was treated and very thankful that we have such a caring medical professional looking after us. Once in the past she took a phone call from Colin when he had an eye issue in Mexico and offered as much advice as she could.  I already had an appointment to see her next Tuesday, the 11th and will be bringing her something special as a thank you.

This is something that recently caught my eye 🙄

I had never heard about sending children through the mail.  Who would do something like this with a child?

Something to laugh about.


PS. Yesterday I posted about a problem with our air conditioner cooling the house.  Today all is well.  In fact it is so cool @84F and windy that we haven’t even closed the windows today. What a difference a day makes.




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18 Responses to “Unexpected medical visit on Monday of the long weekend”

  1. Dee Tillotson says:

    I have another one which you can add to the risk list. Sitting in a committee meeting next to a US Congressman from Texas who has just announced that he has been diagnosed with Covid and thinks he got it from the few times he was mandated to wear a mask. Yes, this actually happened today.

  2. Jim and Barb says:

    Love the story about mailing children!

  3. Kathryn Tycho says:

    How high would the risk be if we mailed ourselves to Mexico?….LOL

    • Dee Tillotson says:

      Kathy, now that’s funny AND very creative! It would certainly be cheaper, if the postal services didn’t lose you. You could start a company and call it “Vacations by Mail.”

    • contessa says:

      I know Kathy,it would be great if life worked that way. I can’t imagine doing that way back then. Life was much simpler.

  4. Karen says:

    So funny you had this mail post. Being adopted at birth and always knowing this fact mom used to tell us we arrived in the mail, thanks for fond memories and a good laugh.

  5. Maxx Trails says:

    What a weird story about mailing children, I can’t imagine a parent doing that! Sure glad your eye is feeling better.

  6. Linda Sand says:

    Glad you doctor decided to meet with you and things are better now.

    In the late 1960s my aunt let two of her boys, ages 8 and 9, travel by themselves on Greyhound buses from Minneapolis to Denver. When questioned she said they take the bus from their house in south Minneapolis to downtown Minneapolis all the time and she didn’t see this as much different.

    • contessa says:

      I was very fortunate in the doctor offering to meet me on a holiday. I guess your aunt trusted her boys. Things are so very different these days.

  7. Judith says:

    Who knew an eyelash could be that much trouble?!? Happy to hear it was taken care of quickly….and relish your Canadian health care system. The additional benefit of having a caring doctor is splendid. What a good day!

  8. SandyM says:

    Orphan Trains of America – 1854 – 1929 sent children to the West of USA and Canada. It started in NYC to help get orphaned and abandoned children off the streets in the hopes they would be adopted along the way. Some went on to a better life and some did not. Much can be read about this when you Google it.

    Hope your eye is better and what an unusual thing to happen – so glad you received good care so rapidly.

    • contessa says:

      Hola amiga, happy to say that I am almost back to normal – whatever that is these days. Very interesting comment about the orphan trains, near heard about them. I will check that out. Thanks so much for sharing with us all.

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