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ETA: Offer extended for one more day because the damn conjunctivitis GOT THE OTHER DAMN EYE. More details at the original Tumblr posting here. Also (over there) a link to a horrid, horrid pic of the first eye. Peter, I am so going to get you for this.


I hate being sick generally. (It's all true about [even former] nurses being terrible patients. Even more terrible than doctors, probably.) I've had a cold for the last few days (it's Peter's: I mutated it a bit -- what else would I do with a disease but tinker with it). I've been drinking tea and feeling my lymph nodes and sulking and doing all the things one does at such a time, when they feel their medical knowledge should by rights protect them from the smaller indignities of life.

Around eight last night I started feeling like I had something in my left eye. That there's-an-eyelash-stuck-in-there feeling: you know the one. I had just had some ramen with wasabi in it and I kind of laughed and thought "Right, maybe I got some wasabi up there." Funny.

By about midnight it was becoming plain that wasabi was not the issue. The upper eyelid was swelling.

4 AM I woke up and asked Peter (in his office working, he's the Owl in the Owl Springs Partnership) if he'd wander downstairs and make me a hot pack with a washcloth and a Zip-Loc bag. I was thinking maybe I had an inflamed tear duct or something. Got some relief from the pack, turned over and tried to sleep a bit.

8 AM ... went to take care of things and look in the mirror...

This was definitely nothing to do with wasabi. NOT AT ALL. (sigh)

(Normally the understanding is "Pictures or it didn't happen." Forgive me for not posting something here that would, as Hawkeye once said, "put you right off your french fried lobster." Peter took one look at me and said (torn between awe and pity, since when I look awful I look really awful), "I don't think I want to go to the pub with you tonight. The neighbors might think I punched you.") ...So what have we got? Sudden-onset eye irritation, swollen upper or lower lid (both in this case, we do nothing by halves around here), incredibly bloodshot sclera, at the same time as a cold? Snap diagnoses: Viral conjunctivitis. OH JOY.

(BTW: What you can't see here is me stopping every five minutes to put a cold pack on my eye, or wipe the constant tearing out of the bad one so I can see to type. I HATE THIS I HATE THIS I HATE THIS SO MUCH.)

So. Measures taken: In-house hygeine alert, as this this is incredibly contagious. I become a pariah in my own home. All towels, facecloths, and other impedimenta in contact with me become untouchable. Mild saline solution prepared to cleanse eye. Aspirin taken. Cold packs prepared. Sticky note on monitor says (in large letters easily visible to nearsighted woman without glasses) DO NOT TOUCH YOUR OTHER EYE STUPID, NO NO NO. (ETA: Resistance was Futile.) Husband warned to treat me like a walking case of Ebola (because, though he is a mirror of all virtues and a wonderful person, he is also, if at all possible, even worse as a patient than I am.) (But oh God, no cuddling, no, argh, no anything really until I cease to be infectious. This sucks unusually hard. DAMN YOU ADENOVIRUSES!)

And: to cheer me up, because I could really use it: I hereby declare a sale at the Ebooks Direct store. 50% off everything, today only. Use the discount code BUMEYE. Go on in and get yourself a 3-book set of the Young Wizards New Millennium editions or the full original-YW-series 9-book set or a copy of CSI Alfheim or some fairy tales or something. Do.

If you saw this pitiable rant on Twitter, please do RT it if you can see your way clear. (OUCH, inadvertent optical pun, sorry.) If you saw it on Tumblr, reblog it if you like, it'll be much appreciated. (OW OW OW this damn eye cold pack again). Knock yourselves out. I'm going to sit here with this squishy plastic dishtowel-wrapped thing against my face making me functionally useless, and practice cursing in Rihannsu or something.

...End of strop. Thank you for your continued support.  :)

(Dammit, what's the point in being sick in such a way that you can't even lie in bed and watch Sherlock DVDs successfully? Gaaaaah. ...And this cold pack's not even cold any more. What, did somebody leave entropy running again? Feck.)

Date: 2013-01-15 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taeli.livejournal.com
Sorry you're having to deal with that. It does not sound remotely fun. If it were tomorrow (my payday), I would be throwing my money at you left and right to get stuff at Ebooks Direct but alas, I shall have to wait for the next sale. I am definitely looking forward to reading the NME versions to see what's changed and what's been added.

Hope you get well soon and don't touch your other eye!

Date: 2013-01-16 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dduane.livejournal.com
'Sokay, we just extended it another day to to the damn viruses coming for my OTHER eye last night. (sigh)

Date: 2013-01-15 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizkit.livejournal.com
I'm about to buy the Millennium Edition, but due to Reasons I don't actually have access to my Paypal *email* account (I can use it just fine, I just can't check the email) right now. If I email you separately with my Paypal account details could you perhaps forward the editions on to the address I have access to?

(This falls under No Rush At All, you need not attempt it while half blind and weeping goo. Or whatever exactly is happening there...)

Date: 2013-01-15 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dduane.livejournal.com
Sure, no probs. Drop me the info & I'll get it taken care of.

Date: 2013-01-15 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nelka35.livejournal.com


Date: 2013-01-15 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dduane.livejournal.com
Thanks so much!

Date: 2013-01-15 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] janewilliams20.livejournal.com
I saw it on LiveJournal. Does the request to signal-boost (probably via Facebook) still apply?
Much sympathy (as I check my PC's virus protection is up to date).

Date: 2013-01-15 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dduane.livejournal.com
Oh, absoluteiy, feel free! Offer lasts till midnight Hawaiian. ...And fortunately I think your antivirus will see off anything I'm carrying. Different platforms, :)

Date: 2013-01-15 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] irishkate.livejournal.com
Still on antibiotics for the eye infection I had right at the end of Christmas - it was gross and painful and irritating and my sympathies are with you.

Date: 2013-01-16 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dduane.livejournal.com
Thanks for that. I have the dual annoyance (such as it is) of realizing that would most likely be my fate -- and hating it -- except that this is viral and antibiotics will do no good whatsoever. (sigh) Ah well. Thanks for the good thoughts.

Date: 2013-01-15 07:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] noirrosaleen.livejournal.com
Ugh! That sucks rocks! I used some of my tea budget to get the NME YW trilogy and Midnight Snack. I can skip my monthly tea outing for good books and a good cause. ^_^

Date: 2013-01-16 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dduane.livejournal.com
Aw! Many thanks. :)

Date: 2013-01-15 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carmy-w.livejournal.com
And if you can't really watch videos, you probably can't read a book/kindle/fanfiction either.

You have my utmost sympathy. Maybe a book on tape?

Date: 2013-01-15 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carmy-w.livejournal.com
You have a tumblr?? What is it? I've checked under Diane Duane and dianeduane....

*and I found it, after finding your link on your webpage, so never mind!
Edited Date: 2013-01-15 08:11 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-01-15 08:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
Oh, no fun at all.

Podcast time?

Date: 2013-01-15 08:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] estara.livejournal.com
I hope your eye heals ever so much quicker than mine did. And you probably already discovered it, but audiobooks (my preference was for BBC radio comedy, some biographies and lots of stand-up comedy, especially by Eddie Izzard) really make time passing bearable if you can only lie around in your bed in the dark.

Date: 2013-01-15 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
hope you are better and noncontagious.

oooooh the authors cut of Elf Kings Roses.. still one of my all time favorite books.. which still to me needs a sequel.

Date: 2013-01-15 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murphys-lawyer.livejournal.com
Remote Zen hug, and a mini review of the New Millennium edition of 'So you want to be a wizard'.



Date: 2013-01-16 03:13 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-01-15 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fgherman.livejournal.com

Blame the cats.

Date: 2013-01-16 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dduane.livejournal.com
I wish to God I could. :) Unfortunately I know how it got me (in terms of who passed it to me) and there's no point in embarrassing them. Ah wel.

Date: 2013-01-16 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shima-sama.livejournal.com
I do hope you feel better, but thanks so much for the ebooks discount. My flimsy grad school salary thanks you as well.

Date: 2013-01-16 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dduane.livejournal.com
A pleasure. I too have been on some fairly flimsy budgets over time and know how it is, belieeeeeeve me. :)

Date: 2013-01-16 02:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] batyatoon
Aw, man. How awful.

*sends you homemade chicken soup, the universal remedy for all ills*

Date: 2013-01-16 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dduane.livejournal.com
:) Thanking you for that. I may be able to get up the energy to make some tomorrow. I have a good recipe that I picked up from aa friend in nursing school. That and some matzo balls should sort me out. :)

Date: 2013-01-16 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dagbrown.livejournal.com
Well that sucks! And it's one of those really annoying things too, like you said. You can't even relax with some good TV.

Get well soon!

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