Mar. 13th, 2009

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Today I appear to have a cold.  I suppose it might be an allergy, which is what I thought yesterday afternoon when it started up in earnest, but now I'm pretty sure it's a cold.  I hope I didn't give it to the ophthalmologist!

I left my wriiting class 30 minutes early in order to be on time for my appointment, and in fact arrived 10 minutes early.  I had to wait for the consultant for that extra ten minutes plus another 80 minutes.  I was starving because the only food I'd had was a yoghurt at 7.30am.  I would have thought someone would have had the wit to tell me the man was running so late, because I'd have had ample time to scoot along to the cafeteria or the coffee bar to buy a sandwich.  Fortunately I had half a bottle of water with me, because, as usual the waiting-room was Far Too Hot.

As soon as I arrived a nurse gave me another eye test and administered the Toxic Eyedrops.  She insisted on putting them in both eyes "just in case he wants to look in the other one".  I pointed out that he'd looked at both of them as recently as Tuesday, but she persisted.  The opthalmology department must have the worst, most ancient magazines I have encountered in medical waiting rooms and I am now a connoisseur after the last few years.

When he finally appeared (I suspect he'd been at lunch as there was a general inrush of medical personnel all at the same time), he put anaesthetic drops in my eye, followed by more, but presumably different Toxic Drops and then some water, for what reason I don't know.  He inserted a gadget of some description to keep the eyelid open;  it also had the effect  of replacing my vision by a glaring white light.  He told me the treatment would be painless.  He lied, but it wasn't too bad.  The first few laser shots were indeed painless, but then he quickly fired off half a dozen more, each of which felt as though someone was poking me in the eye.

That was it.  I'm to go back in six weeks for him to see if it's been successful and for him to do more work if it's necessary.

I had an aching eye and persistently watery eyes for the rest of the day, although that may have had something to do with the cold I now realise I have.  There is still a little residual ache, but nothing that would put me off doing anything.  I can't believe I was so nervous now.

I've already used half of a new box of tissues.  I hope it clears up soon, because I have an important CT meeting on Monday.

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