When I woke up today, I thought the eye problems had ceased, but by the time 5th period hit, it was feeling like I was teaching with a butter knife shoved through my pupil. I was in a really good mood before that, but the pain hit almost immediately once I walked into the bright classroom on the sunny side of the building. Kids kept asking me if I had allergies, because I had tears dripping down my face and the eyes were scary red. Not impressive.
I ducked out early after that class to go home and lay down. I put heat compreses on my eyes and slept a bit, then had to go into the restaurant to work. I had no tables and was there for three hours, when the manager cut me out of guilt. Not only was I obviously uncomfortable, and had told him I wasn't feeling well as I drove in, but I'm working two doubles this weekend - 25 hours across two days. Just thinking about that makes me tired.
But luckily much of it's outside at Baltimore's Ukrainian Festival, something I look forward to every year. I'll be schilling pierogi, holushki, holupki, Polish beer, and kielbasa, and hopefully my eye will feel better tomorrow. So, attention stalkers, I'll be there all morning and afternoon tomorrow and then all afternoon and evening on Sunday.
I just went to the drugstore to get some sort of medicine for my eyes, but I left my wallet all the way back at work at Fell's Point and couldn't see myself driving back there. So it's baby shampooo, hot presses, cold presses, and artificial tears, and hopefully something works. It does feel better - now it just feels like something is stuck in there, not something painful - and I think a full night of sleep will help a lot.
None of this happened over the summer, and I think this means it has something to do with school. Since the eye surgeries, my eyes don't produce tears very well, and what is produced is often clogged up with something my opthamologist called eye dandruff. But I was able to keep everything under control since May or whenever it was since I saw him last. Maybe the building is too dry for my eyes. Maybe I need to drink more water, which is sometimes tough because water is not always available to us (lead in all the sink water, as you probably know, so they have water bottles). Maybe I'm allergic to something in the air at school. Or, maybe it's a combination of these things meshed with the fact that I'm exhausted right now, that I've run myself absolutely ragged in the last week while working 12+ hour days each day this week.
I don't know. I'm just frustrated as hell because everything else is going real well right now.
At least I get to eat unlimited pierogies this weekend. And the Polish girl and I are working together selling Polish food Sunday night, and earlier this week she called me and said, "So, are we getting fucked up together at the festival again this year?" and I'm like, "Yeah." Last year, I remember we had a couple of drinks in between our doubles and then the boss (also hot, by the way) kept giving us Okocim and shots of random Polish liquors all night. Fun times. All I can say is I hope I'm healthy enough to do unhealthy things to my body this weekend.
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