March 24, 2012

Injured: Episode 2

How many of you have had your eye injured before? Never? I guessed as much. Here's my experience:

Yesterday morning, I was carrying some boxes at work. Innocent, harmless, cardboard boxes. You could draw a face on them and make new friends. You can insult them all you want and they wont be hurt or angered. So as I was carrying these boxes, one of the box's pointy edges of the cover went strrrrrrrraight into my left eye. And I mean the eyeball. The white, spherical organ which grants us our sense of vision.

There was that instant sharp pain, followed by what they call the "foreign body sensation", the feeling that something, SOMETHING is in your eye but there actually isnt. I quickly checked in the mirror with the help of a torchlight and found a sort of torn/smudged-like patch, slightly larger than, and right over my pupil. This then explained my blurred vision. Soon after, the "foreign body sensation" turned into slight pains when I blink. Lunch time came and upon talking to my supervisor and manager, they both ordered me to see a doctor.

The nearby clinic couldnt help however. Well INITIALLY they said they could check it for RM10, but when I told them my symptoms they recommended an eye doctor in SS15. WHAT! So freaking far wey!

So I went to Taipan, and *poof* two opticians to choose from. Upon further checking, the optician said I was lucky it was just a minor abrasion of the cornea. This video perfectly shows it. It was about here that my eye began to redden and shed tears, which he said is normal as a reaction to the impact. He then added it should self-heal in about two days. Otherwise, there is an eye-doctor just across the road in another part of Taipan. SS15 my ass.

Later on in the day, my eye began giving off-and-on immense, extreme sharp pains which hurt so much I stopped whatever I did and just cringe for some 10-20 seconds. Mind you, this is the eyeball. Lots of nerve endings, ESPECIALLY in the cornea. It hurt so bad and my eye was so red my supervisor advised me to go home immediately. Strangely however the pain subsided right after that, so I carried on until closing time.

After a good night's rest, I woke up this morning with my eye not wanting to open, like it was saying "Oi, we're repairing your cornea here! Dont disturb us!" Eventually I got it to open, my vision was better, there was no pain, but still red. Surprisingly, the pain came back with a vengeance during my first two hours at work. I even felt like asking for a day off because of it. But somehow I didnt, and from about 11am onwards there was no more pain, even until now. It's still red though. And some tears are dripping as I type. Hopefully with a full day's rest tomorrow it will be back to normal by Monday. 

So kids, the moral of the story here is:


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