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LifetimeTrekker
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posted May 24, 2002 23:55     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I rubbed my right eye on Tuesday and somehow came down with conjunctivitis (pink eye) at the same time. So I am laid up for the weekend.

The joke is, not only will I be giving up a full day's pay and holiday pay for the weekend, but I'm stuck at home (can't drive!) and I have two new motherboards and processors and I can't see well enough to install them!

On the bright side, one of my dogs, who seems to be a student of escapology, hasn't managed to get himself permanently lost, but he's been giving me fits trying to find him after he gets out. Yesterday, he got under my trailer and was stuck there, but he wouldn't make enough noise for me to tell he was there...I spent half the day wandering around the neighborhood looking for him. If it wasn't for a late delivery by UPS, I'd still be looking for him. heh.

No more adventures for him!

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MightyJoeSakic
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posted May 25, 2002 07:08     Click Here to See the Profile for MightyJoeSakic   Click Here to Email MightyJoeSakic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yikes....I hate conjunctivitis... I used to get that all the time when I was taking care of little kids... It's no fun, and one time it took like 3-4 weeks to fully recover from it. I think I will go wash my hands just to be safe after reading and replying to your post...

//Thom//

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Evilbunny
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posted May 25, 2002 11:45     Click Here to See the Profile for Evilbunny   Click Here to Email Evilbunny     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got conjunctivitis in 6th grade just before I had a big band concert I had to play in. It really sucked, but fortunately I had my music already memorized and didn't need to look at the sheets.

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snupy
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posted May 25, 2002 21:41     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[QUOTE]Originally posted by LifetimeTrekker:
I rubbed my right eye on Tuesday and somehow came down with conjunctivitis (pink eye) at the same time. So I am laid up for the weekend.

The joke is, not only will I be giving up a full day's pay and holiday pay for the weekend, but I'm stuck at home (can't drive!) and I have two new motherboards and processors and I can't see well enough to install them!

I never thought I'd see a thread with a subject that I actually have some expertise on, being the geek-in-training that I am. Did you see an ophthalmologist? Conjunctivitis shouldn't lay you up for the weekend or blur your vision.A lot of other eye problems are mistakenly diagnosed as conjunctivitis.Are you using any eyedrops? Most regular doctors prescribe the wrong antibiotic, and the patients end up coming to my office after a few days, so I'd suggest an eye doctor if it doesn't clear up.
Sorry, I hope I'm not sounding like a know-it-all.

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posted May 26, 2002 03:51     Click Here to See the Profile for EngrBohn   Click Here to Email EngrBohn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
- snupy -
I hope I'm not sounding like a know-it-all.

With as much as people around here talk about things outside their expertise, you are more than free to talk about something within your expertise. (Especially if it's on-topic.)

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LifetimeTrekker
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posted May 26, 2002 06:26     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I never thought I'd see a thread with a subject that I actually have some expertise on, being the geek-in-training that I am. Did you see an ophthalmologist? Conjunctivitis shouldn't lay you up for the weekend or blur your vision.A lot of other eye problems are mistakenly diagnosed as conjunctivitis.Are you using any eyedrops? Most regular doctors prescribe the wrong antibiotic, and the patients end up coming to my office after a few days, so I'd suggest an eye doctor if it doesn't clear up.
Sorry, I hope I'm not sounding like a know-it-all.
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Not sounding like a know-it-all. I'd love to see an opthalmologist, but it seems they're all gone for the weekend. hopefully, I'll be able to get into one on Tuesday.

Whatever it is, I hope I can get it cleared up soon. I hate how this system is acting up and having the tools to fix it but not being able to do it.
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snupy
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posted May 26, 2002 06:45     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LifetimeTrekker:


Tell me exactly what your symptoms are.(pain, light sensitivity, itching, scratchiness, burning, discharge, redness..?)

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posted May 26, 2002 09:52     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
Tell me exactly what your symptoms are.(pain, light sensitivity, itching, scratchiness, burning, discharge, redness..?)

Pain, extreme light sensitivity(it causes me pain without opening my eye), some itching, lots of burning, teary discharge and redness.
I can get some use of it, but it's very blurred and short. Cold compresses are helping a bit, I think.

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posted May 26, 2002 10:55     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LifetimeTrekker:
Pain, extreme light sensitivity(it causes me pain without opening my eye), some itching, lots of burning, teary discharge and redness.
I can get some use of it, but it's very blurred and short. Cold compresses are helping a bit, I think.

ok. It's NOT conjunctivitis. It sounds like when you rubbed your eye, you gave yourself a corneal abrasion(there may have been something in it at the time). does it feel like there's something in it now? Because a scratch will keep feeling like a foreign body even if it's gone. I suggest going to the drugstore or getting someone to go for you. Look in the aisle with the nasal sprays and eye drops, etc. You want to get a preservative-free "artificial tears".I like Refresh, Genteal, or Bion Tears. Use them every 15-30 minutes, then taper down if it starts to feel better. If they don't work, you may have something else going on.Light sensitivity is always a red flag. Keep me posted!

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snupy
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posted May 26, 2002 10:59     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whatever you do, DON'T RUB IT!!!!!(not my general advice for anything else but eyes )

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LifetimeTrekker
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posted May 26, 2002 11:19     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks. I'm not rubbing it, except to dab at it with a tissue to catch the tears. I'll try to go out and get some of those things.

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snupy
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posted May 26, 2002 11:32     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LifetimeTrekker:
Thanks. I'm not rubbing it, except to dab at it with a tissue to catch the tears. I'll try to go out and get some of those things.

Ophthalmologists always have someone on-call for emergencies if it gets worse. Good luck!(trust me, the drops will help alot)

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snupy
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posted May 27, 2002 10:46     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Feeling better today, Trekker?

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LifetimeTrekker
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posted May 27, 2002 11:13     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not by much, but I think I'll survive.

I am going to call one of the folks on duty today, check if one can see me. I can't afford to take more time off work for all this.

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snupy
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posted May 27, 2002 11:56     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LifetimeTrekker:
Not by much, but I think I'll survive.

I am going to call one of the folks on duty today, check if one can see me. I can't afford to take more time off work for all this.


Did you get the drops?

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Xanthine
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posted May 27, 2002 13:12     Click Here to See the Profile for Xanthine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bleah. Eye injuries and diseases suck. But do get those drops. Whatever the poblem turns out to be the eye docs can usually fix it up pretty quick.

I got pink eye in both eyes at camp a few years a go. They thought it was allergies so they doped me up on Benadryl. When I got home I made an appointment with my eye doctor.
Receptionist: What've you got, a red eye?
Me: Something like that.
Rec.: There's an opening at 10 tomorrow, do you want it?
Me: Sure.
Next morning, I walk in. I'm wearing glasses 'cuz my eyes hurt to much to wear my contacts. I have mucusy crap streaming from my tear glands. My eyes are flaming red. The recpetionist looks at me and scoots back three feet. "Oh my god, that's terrible! I thought you just had a red eye or something!" she cries and sends me straight into the doctor's office. First thing he does is put in some sort of anesthetic. Then he gives me some eye drops. Within 48 hours, the infection was clear.

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Rednivek
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posted May 27, 2002 14:31     Click Here to See the Profile for Rednivek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any unusual amount of dust in the area (from sandstorms)... or a pet shedding heavily?

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LifetimeTrekker
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posted May 27, 2002 14:57     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I haven't got the drops, yet, but I'll go get them as soon as the light lessens to where I can drive. My sunglasses are no help;I swear, I can still see light thru closed eyelids eveen covered with a wt, dark washcloth. I thought I was making progress last night, when I was able to open the eye and see some stuff.

Damn doctor hasn't called back, yet, it's been four hours--my primary doc didn't call back, either, I wonder if I'm on the same list as Elaine, where I have to go to Botswana for medical care? Nobody saw me peek at my records, I'm sure!

I'm planning on calling in sick, again, and seeing whatever doctor I can tomorrow.

I got really bored yesteday and managed to install one motherboard and get it up and running. heh. But I can barely read any more, so I'm getting a little concerned. I may even call my mom to come out and give me a hand for a few days.

I have been practicing doing things like cooking with my eyes closed for years...that practice has paid off! ) Thank goodness I can touch-type!

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snupy
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posted May 27, 2002 15:44     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, I hate to harp, but I've seen some nasty things in my 13 years in Ophthalmology. IT IS NOT GOING TO GET BETTER, only worse the longer you wait. If you are still that sensitive to light, this is NOT good!
Get some lubricating drops ASAP. Funny, it's always the men who wait days to come in, then are writhing in pain when they finally do because their eyes are really messed up.

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sosumi
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posted May 27, 2002 16:49     Click Here to See the Profile for sosumi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
don't wait for the doc to get back - get thee to the emergency room asap!

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LifetimeTrekker
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posted May 27, 2002 17:26     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, I'm going there, now.

Over the river and thru the woods,
And into the ER I go.

I'll letcha know what we find out.

Thanks!

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posted May 27, 2002 22:10     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got back, didn't find out much...still to the eye doctor tomorrow.

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snupy
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posted May 27, 2002 22:19     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LifetimeTrekker:
Just got back, didn't find out much...still to the eye doctor tomorrow.

Yeah, I figured as much.They have a very general knowledge of the eye at the er-there are so many different types of infections and inflammation that can occur-so they usually will have you go to the specialist the next day. They should have easily been able to see if there was a foreign body or a scratch, though. Hope you feel better!

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posted May 28, 2002 19:46     Click Here to See the Profile for LifetimeTrekker   Click Here to Email LifetimeTrekker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Earlies appointment I could get is tomorrow afternoon. But they did a flush of the eye and it's been feeling better all day. Not that I'd think of cancelling the appointment, this light sensitivity is getting to me.

I'm planning on going to work, depending on how I can see in the morning. Right now, I have my monitor set for the lowest bright setting and the contrast nearly off and I can barely read the screen.

I'll let you know what I find out.

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posted May 28, 2002 21:30     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LifetimeTrekker:
Earlies appointment I could get is tomorrow afternoon. But they did a flush of the eye and it's been feeling better all day. Not that I'd think of cancelling the appointment, this light sensitivity is getting to me.

I'm planning on going to work, depending on how I can see in the morning. Right now, I have my monitor set for the lowest bright setting and the contrast nearly off and I can barely read the screen.

I'll let you know what I find out.



Sorry to hear that, Trekker. That's really a crime.Any good eye doctor's office should have seen you immediately with those symptoms. So how much you wanna bet they give you those lubricating drops?? Sounds like they flushed out the foreign body and it left an abrasion.
Good luck!

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