Both of us went to the dermatologist today for our annual cancer screenings, but more about that later. The weirdest thing to happen since my last post started on Saturday afternoon. I took a shower with my contacts in which I usually don’t do only because I usually take a shower right after I get up. Anyway, by the time I walked up the stairs, my right eye was really hurting. Thought perhaps I had gotten some shampoo in my eye so I put in some eye drops. Still hurting. Okay. I’ll take out the contact. After several attempts, I give up. I picked up something off the counter, but couldn’t read it, so I figured I most have lost the contact in the shower, although my eye is still hurting.
I had a spare contact for my right eye, so I tried putting it in, but that didn’t work, so I took it back out. I can drive without glasses, but I took them with me to see to read at Mass. My eye was still hurting but I tried to put it out of my mind. Went to bed, got up Monday morning, took my glasses to work, and got through the day, but the pain was still there. I tried putting the spare contact in again when I got home from work, I felt better for a little while, but soon I had to take it back out. Got thru the evening with my glasses and went to bed, but my eye was hurting so bad that I couldn’t sleep.
At this point, I figure I don’t have anything to lose, so I go to the bathroom and rub my eye hard until the contact falls out. It was stuck up on my eyeball somewhere. Took my Lunesta and promptly fell asleep.
This morning, I took my shower first, then put in the contact that had gotten lost on Saturday, and spent the day being able to see without pain. Yeah!
Back to the dermatologist. I have had a cancer on my ear removed and several pre-cancerous places treated over the years, so the dermatologist is like an old friend. Today she frozen a place on my forehead, and a place on each leg. I never did lay out in the sun to get a tan or use a tanning bed, but I have had a few sunburns over the years, and I’m not very faithful with my sunscreen. I also have to put a lotion on my nose every night that will kill the top layer or two of skin cells over the next four weeks. I’ll look like Rudolph by Christmas! It least I can cover it up with makeup during the day.
Moral of the day: Stay out of the sun and get cancer screenings, especially if you have a family history of cancer. And use your sunscreen! (note to self)