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?