Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday Musings

Today has been an odd say so far.  Started out with me waking up at 6am to get ready for a weekly  networking group that I'm a part of in Charlotte.  Well, I don't think my body has gotten used to 6am yet.  I, in my grand stupidity, did not realize I still had some facewash astringent on my fingers and put in my contact lens.  NO BUENO.  Immediately started burning like crazy, and after a couple seconds when I could actually open my eye I got the contact out.  However, not quick enough.  I can see normal, I could tell that something wasn't right because it kept burning even after I flushed it with tons of water so I called the emergency line at my eye doctor and got them to fit me in first thing.  I went over there and got to see Dr. Oliver at 8:30am.  He told me that it was a chemical burn from the alcohol in the astringent.  He gave me numbing drops and then flushed my eye with tons of saline solution so that all (if any) alcohol was still in my eye it was gone.  Now I've got prescription eye drops to take for the next 5 days.  He said the eyes heal so quickly that it will probably be all healed up by Thursday or Friday.  The good news is that it does not affect my schedule for Lasik surgery.  So, $100 later, the lesson is always remember to thoroughly wash your hands after dealing with any type of alcohol based product!!

Aside from that, I came across this today and thought it was good to share... 

The pink ribbon in the image above reminds me that October is breast cancer awareness month.  I was also prompted at the cash register today when picking up my prescription if I would like to donate to breast cancer research, and I could pick my dollar amount.  I can never say no when prompted with something like that.  Does that make me a sucker or just someone with a philanthropical heart?  A sales rep came into work today and told us about how his wife has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  It was caught in her liver during blood work, and when they did further tests on her body they found it in her lymphnodes, bladder, lungs, liver, and her colon.  They have two children, a daughter in college at NC State and a 15 year old son.  It was so sad to hear him talk about having to explain to his son that not only did his mother have cancer, that she was going to die and that that was okay because she wouldn't be hurting anymore.  I am so thankful that I've never had to go through something like that with someone who is close to me.  I know that we all probably have to experience it at some point, but I'm okay with waiting.

For anyone who just likes good blogs, here is one that you can read with lots of different topics:
This is the sister of a girl who is in one of our networking groups.  She has been dealing with her own cancer struggles and I stumbled upon her blog one day and was fascinated.  I literally read it all night.  It is so touching that someone going through such a scary and troubling experience would be able to focus on the positive so much, and still think of ways to help others.  She's very creative and her blog/website is a collection of craft tutorials, recipes, stories, etc with a whole lot of inspiration and sharing of her story mixed in. 

I think that's all for now...I'm getting ready for dinner and watching the Presidential debate/The Voice/Sons of Anarchy!


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