Thursday, 20 September 2012

You're like me

Is what I find people say and not necessary out loud but just by their inference when you discuss any health worries you may have. Of course, they are only trying to help and their illness or similar health complaint is probably nothing like yours but the seed has been planted. It then sits at the back of my mind, replaying the crucial part of the conversation, which then causes me unnecessary worry in addition to the worry I have about what I've been worrying about in the first place!

So we're all clear then. No? Well let me give you a an example. Take my sore eye for instance. I told my friend about it and she then said "my sister had that and went to the opticians and they then sent her to A&E and it turns out she had 3 cysts in her eye which were cleared up with antibiotics." Cue me mentally preparing myself, before my Tuesday appointment with the optician, for a 6 hour wait in A&E and my various protestations that I wasn't going to do that, I had kids, car parking charges, calling husband to come home, why can't the doctors just give me antibiotic eye drops for Christ sake?!!....And on and on went my internal ramblings of a mad women creating every scenario imaginable.

A human eye model - yuk I hate stuff like this - pic ebay

I then popped it on Twitter about my eye and how I had an appointment in four days.  Next thing I get a genuinely well meaning tweet from a stranger, albeit a follower, but hey they count too. She says "What about eye emergency?" Emergency I thought, should it be an emergency? Am I waiting too long - is it too late? Will I go blind if I don't find an eye emergency unit anytime soon? The well meaning tweeter then says she was so glad she did. Cue suspension and more worry. I tentatively replied "Why, what happened?" "I had a detached retina, got it in the nick of time." Oh my god, I've got a detached retina, there is no eye emergency around these ere parts and my appointment is days away. I'm going to go blind.  I google detached retina. I am short sighted.  You have more of a chance of this if you're short sighted by all accounts. I'm even entering the age bracket to be worthy of a detached retina - 40 plus. Okay I am still on the right side of 40 but still.  My panic calms briefly when I see that you have blurred vision and flashing lights if you have a detached retina.  I feel fairly confident its not that.

So with all that worry I show up at the opticians and go through my mentally prepared two way conversation regarding not going to A&E.  It turns out that I don't have to go to A&E, I don't have a detached retina I still have a contact lens in my eye!  That bugger had been in there for 3 weeks and when the optician got it out (had a little chunk out of it must have been what I saw in France) I could have kissed him.  I thanked him profusely and could have clicked my heels mid flight exiting that place.

So are you like me?

7 comments:

  1. Hee hee - so true! Glad it got sorted. Have a good one

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    1. Thanks - its such a relief its out! x

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  2. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. With the internet we all have access to just enough knowledge to scare the hell out of us. On the other hand, anything to do with your eyes is worrying so maybe it's better to be scared into doing something about it asap? I'm glad your eye problem was easily remedied.

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    1. Yes Google is great for the facts and I'm sure its helped a lot of people even if it means they get to the doctors x

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  3. It's the people who have always had worse than you that really pee me off. A headache? My doctor thought I had a brain tumour. A broken arm? Well, I've almost broken every bone in my body. My husband falls in to this category. I broke my foot last year and he told me that he knew how I felt because he'd once had a bad blister. I came very close to punching him on that day. Glad your eye wasn't anything too serious.

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    1. love it re the husband. Although I can be a bit like that when my husband complains about my back I'm like yes I know what that's all about as I still have pain when sitting blah blah...But I have it done to me on numerous occasions especially the 3 x c-sections. My last one I think is worthy of any top it birth story but nope when I had finished my story to a mum she said "well I nearly died - like close to flatline" ARGgghhhh!!

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