Stye Away From Me: A Horror Story
This morning I woke up with a little red bump on the edge of my eyelid. It was a stye, an eye infection caused by a clogged pore along your eyelash line (basically a zit in a very inconvenient place). It wasn't the first time it had happened to me, but it's the first time I've had a job where I could actually follow through with the warm compress that doctors recommend as a home remedy.
I showed up to work with my bowl of hot water, a washcloth, and plenty of paper towels. When Lori walked in, she thought I'd gotten into a fight but I asked sheepishly (one eye covered) "Have you ever woken up with a stye in your eye?" "Ohh," Lori said, "Have I ever." She set me up with a hot teabag, the perfect DIY warm compress.
Lori and Jeff started cracking up at my pirate face and Lori proceeded to regale the time years ago she woke up with a stye (more serious than mine from the start), had no clue what it was, and finally went to the doctor after seeing it get worse and worse over the span of a week.
At that point, warm compresses were no longer an option. The doctor's only choice was to take to it with a NEEDLE, inject it with something that beat the infection and made her eye swell even more before it began to heal.
Thankfully, mine is already down from my compress-filled morning and will not reach that point. The moral of the story is, wash your makeup off every night and get that hot teabag ready if you wake up with a puffy eye!