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14 July 2003 @ 10:20 pm
It's been a less than good day - woke up this morning and discovered my left eye was gummed shut ... it was conjunctivitis that had been making it full of goopy stuff last night. After getting ready I thought I'd better work out if I should go to the docs or not - it's been several years since I last had conjunctivitis and last time I was living in college so I just popped along to the college nurse, it's a little more difficult now. In the end I gave NHS Direct a ring, and the nice lady at the end of the phone (who was far too cheerful for 6:45am) after discussing my symptoms said I should go see my GP within 36 hours of the start of it (which meant today, really).

As I was properly up I hung around spodding and stuff till the surgery opened at 8:30am to try and make an appointment ... usual problems with the receptionist: "Are you sure you need to see a doctor?", but at least this time I could tell them that NHS Direct had said I should. Then I had to have a nurse ring me back and speak to me, some new system they have for emergency appointments. Still had to fight to get an appointment - by this stage I'm already 3 hours late for work even if I leave immediately, so I was damn well seeing the doctor having effectively taken the morning off to do so.

Finally got to see the doctor and get told that NHS Direct are very 'risk averse' so I probably needn't've bothered and the conjunctivitis would go away of it's own accord, but here's a prescription for antibiotic eyedrops to get if it doesn't go away.

So bah all round. I'd not be fussed by a morning off if I'd got to sleep in and then spend it doing fun stuff or even just stuff, but as it was I ended up spending lots of time waiting for doctors/nurses to bother getting back to me.

In addition to that I've had two and a half nosebleeds as well (one only lasted a very short time like a minute or so, so it's not really a whole one). The first as I got up (and before I'd ungummed my eye, that was fun), and the other two on public transport - which always makes people look at one oddly ;)

I can't even say I got anything done when I did get to work, I mean I was 'busy' but I didn't seem to acheive anything. Unfortunately I've felt that way a lot at work recently - a bit like the Red Queen out of Alice in Wonderland, running awfully fast just to stay in the same place. As a result I spent a fairish chunk of Saturday sorting out a different way to keep track of my experiments, in the hopes that clarity of record will help me see what I have and haven't done.

And I've not done anything since I got in, either.

So a bit of a waste of a day. Hopefully tomorrow will at least come with less medical unpleasantnesses!
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
Current Music: Porcupine Tree "In Absentia"
This was not the plandynix on July 14th, 2003 03:34 pm (UTC)

sounds like the day of hell:S


I do not guarentee this works but if nothing else it'll make you laugh.

I am assured its entirely serious...
Margaretpling on July 15th, 2003 01:26 pm (UTC)
I think trying that on the train would get me even more odd looks than just bleeding on the train ;) It did make me giggle though :)
This was not the plandynix on July 15th, 2003 04:18 pm (UTC)

It *so* needs independant verification though. In the name of science! ;)
Jonathanmcurtains on July 15th, 2003 05:09 am (UTC)
Conjunctivitis sounds a little scary. I used to get nosebleeds in hot, dry weather, but they stopped quite a few years ago.
Margaretpling on July 15th, 2003 01:28 pm (UTC)
Conjunctivitis is mostly tedious. My eyes itch and feel full of goop (which they are). It's actually a little like when I've worn my contacts too long but obviously there's not that easy solution of removing the contacts. Oh and the goopy stuff is worse with conjunctivitis.

I always get nosebleeds when I have colds or hayfever - they're getting better though, 10 years ago a 'short' nosebleed was only 10-15 minutes long ...