It’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick

Its always been a bit of an odd phrase really hasn’t it?

It’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick

I mean why would you compare anything to a poke in the eye with a sharp stick?

Well I now CAN compare things to being poked in the eye with a sharp stick because the other day I did just that.

I was tidying up the back garden yard when I managed to somehow twang a branch up into my face which led to eyes full of leaf mould and a sharp stick poking me in the eye. My right eye to be precise.

So I went into the house and washed my hands and rinsed off the leaf mould and looked at my eye. Well it was still intact and I could see through it and everything was OK apart from the fact that it hurt like hell.

So I decided not to go to casualty immediately. I was due to drive to Birmingham the next morning and the alarm was set for 6am. At 6:40am I was in Cheltenham General A&E waiting to see someone. I was still there at 8:10am despite there being no-one else waiting. My eye hurt a lot and I was convinced that there was still something stuck in there

They put numbing drops in (niiiice!!) and then Fluorescein eye stain and they checked and said that there was no foreign matter in there but I did have a nice hole and a cut in my cornea and some scratches

Treatment? Sorry there isn’t anything we can do. Try some non prescription antibiotic eye ointment which will make things slippier and less likely to irritate. For the pain.. no, no nice eye drops, just use normal pain killers.

It will start to get better in about 24 hours and take up to 7 days to heal and things like wind will make it hurt.

It does, and so does bright light, especially headlights after dark.

But its healing now and just itches from time to time now.

So now the next time something bad happens I really can say¬† Well It’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick and I know exactly what I’m talking about

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