You know how people say it’s good to learn something new every day? Or the one about every cloud having a silver lining? I was debating which of the two best suited this post and I think both do. The silver lining on a metaphorical cloud can teach me thinks—useful things.
About ten days ago I woke up with a sore eye. Not terribly sore, but red and a bit teary. It became worse as the day went on, so I went to my doctor. After a thorough examination (if my eye wasn’t red before, it was after!) he diagnosed conjunctivitis. He suggested some drops to use, and I went on my way.
Two nights later, I was in bad pain. My eye burned and the upper lid and brow ached. It was as though I’d been punched—not that I really know what that feels like, thankfully. To cut a long story short, I ended up at an eye specialist who took a quick look and diagnosed Acute Anterior Uveitis. More drops, and I’m thrilled to say I’m healing.
And yes, there is a silver lining to this that I have learned from. I’m a writer and I can use the experience one day in a book (probably on a character I don’t like). I’ve learned what it’s like to have extreme photosensitivity (I still have my screen brightness turned right down), doctors poking around my eye, and the fear of damage to my eye causing vision loss. I spent a little time wondering how I would write if the worst happened. Please note I never gave one thought to work, driving, and generally seeing, just the writing (there are audiobooks, so I had reading covered). I learned something useful and turned it into a partially positive experience.
It’s a blessing in some ways to want to store up the information, sensations, and emotions that go with life. Perhaps not so much in the moment when there is pain, physical or emotional, but not all of life’s experiences are like that. I’m slowly getting a little treasure trove of information I can use.
Oh, and if you need the name of a good GP or eye specialist in Hobart, drop me a line!
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