Friday, May 13, 2005

The sty that would not die, part two

A visit to the doctor yesterday about the world's ugliest and largest sty revealed that it is NOT a sty, but something called a "chalazion," which is apparently Klingon for "large ugly bump on the eyelid." I had never heard of such a thing, but lo and behold, you can read about them here, if you are the victim of sick curiosity.

I sometimes think my family was specially chosen by God to experience strange and unusual maladies. My father is just getting over an obscure viral attack on his thyroid, my mother's last trip to Alaska was cut short by some weird intestinal blockage, I'm the only person I know to have ever suffered from viral menengitis, my sister has a bizarre degenerative eye disease, and now this. Much less life-threatening, but much more hideous.

The chalazion, having now been subjected to antibiotics and warm compresses, is turning yellowish and flatter and achieving a whole new level of ugly. I hope this means it is going away. If not, I will have to go back to the doctor next week and have it surgically removed. Blech.

Meanwhile, at every free waking moment I have to have a warm washcloth over my eye, which means I can't see to knit. Evil chalazion! The final insult!

5 comments:

Bill Walker said...

waaah! that sounds miserable.

Christina said...

I'm so sorry, that does sound miserable. As one who is also suffering from a case of the uglies (picture frakenstein-esque stitches above my right eye) I can totally relate. I actually had a woman flinch when looking at me at the Kinkos the other day. Then she proceeed to ask me all sorts of strange questions about my injury. Some people have no tact.

I hope your eye gets better!

~ Christina

spinnity said...

OK, this is no good. We can't have "head injuries to knitters" week. I really hope the compresses help restore normal appearances and cheerfulness.

Anonymous said...

Poor Rebecca! I believe I had one of those very same things years ago.At the time I was desperately seeking job interviews for teaching positions to support me and 3 kids. Needless to say I looked horrible for the interviews. I had to have it removed as I recall. Hope you have better luck and can get back to knitting soon.

Meanwhile guess what? I am bravely attempting to knit the second olive green sock (with some telephone consults with my knitting guru-Mary)
I got past the heel by holding my mouth just right in the tough spots and by taking out several rows of the very tiny stitches when I made a rather dumb mistake. I'm now approaching the toe and feel another consult coming on. Mom W

Jeff said...

I totally understand having to deal with strange and unusual maladies. Hope it goes away soon and nicely.