The next time a young doctor asks me if I have a high tolerance for pain, I’m going to reply,
“No, Low, VERY low”
The eye doc looked at my stye-eye, said it’s a chalazion. We can maybe do surgery, but first I’d like to try and express it (pop the zit as it were). I’m not keen on a needle near my eye, so I say pop away.
30 seconds later, I’m sweating, my hands are vibrating, and I’m seconds from passing out. I had 3 hours of tattooing done on my shin bone, and this was so much worse. By the time the intern realizes something is wrong, my pulse is down to 50. He puts the pressure cuff on me so tight, my hand suddenly locks into a splayed claw, and is not responding to any commands whatsoever, which kinda freaked me out. My pulse has dropped down to 50, and my diastolic pressure is down by 20, before finally coming back up to normal.
That was unpleasant.
They make me lay there, with my head below my heart, and go ahead and start dilating my eyes, since I’m gonna be immobile for a while anyways.
They see nothing else wrong, on the inside of the eye, and send me home to carry on as before and hope that the torture session helped. For some reason, they didn’t remember to give me any temporary shades, so the trip home, in our new sunshine, was nerve wracking. I could squint against the light for a few seconds at a time. Enough to see if a bus I wanted was stopping, navigate the sidewalk, and feed the cat.
But the eye does seem a little better today.
As an aside, I have to say how frustrating it was to have two eye doctors that should be able to look at my glasses and at least have a good notion of how little I can make out of them, trying to talk to me, without them on. I was also surprised to hear the first eye doc tell me how much ophthalmologists hate to fit glasses, and they suck at it anyways, so please don’t bother us, and use an optometrist instead. As someone with near-blind levels of near-sightedness, I always have to have my eye dilated and retina inspected for tearing, this seems like it would just mean two trips every time, one to get the prescription and one to verify the eye health.