The Time(s) I Got a Sty.

For those who do not know what a sty is, it’s a little bump/pimple-like thing that forms along your eye lid as a result of bacterial infection. For those who know what they are because you’ve had them, you know they suck. I was very prone to them when I was younger, but have not had one in a while (knock on wood). They usually can be treated with a series of warm compresses, or putting warm tea bags on them, but sometimes they don’t go away. This happened to me…twice.

The first time, I was in 6th grade I believe. The sty came, and I literally had it for 2 months as opposed to the ones in the past that only stayed for about a week or so. Finally, we went to the eye doctor, and in that one appointment, she told me it had to get removed. Not only that, but she was going to do it right then and there. I was terrified. They didn’t put me under because it was just a small procedure. Instead, they numbed my eye by putting a needle in in my lower lash line to numb the area. The other eye was covered with a paper-towel, and I think I probably cut off the circulation of the helping nurse’s hand from squeezing it too hard. Following the procedure, I had what looked like  a bruise on my now sty-less eye, and skipped school for a few days afterwards….which is probably the best part of the story.

The second time this happened was actually during my senior year of high school….2 weeks before senior prom. I had it for 2 weeks, and it was not going away. That same eye doctor who removed the first one got rid of this one too. Same painful procedure except his time I scheduled it, so I could mentally prepare myself for that damn needle. Four days before my prom was when I went in for the removal, and luckily the after-marks of it subsided within hours of getting it removed. For those who get these annoying stys, or for those who want to prevent them, I have been told my my doctor that baby shampoo (like Johnson and Johnson) on a cotton round rubbed on the eye lib with warm water can help. You’re lucky if you have not had one, or didn’t know what they were before reading tis because they are pretty painful and not very pleasant to look at lol. Sorry if this grossed anyone out.


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