I woke up once and discovered I’d blinded myself. I’d like to say I was young and putting elastic across my eyes seemed like a good idea at the time; but unfortunately I’m twenty-seven and this was only about six months ago.
I’d had a headache, and decided that since I couldn’t even look at the world without feeling dizzy I may as well go to sleep. But I found that even the light behind my closed eyes was too much, so I reached out blindly for what I thought was an eye mask and slipped it over my head. It felt a bit tight, but it made everything dark and I was out for the count a few blissful minutes later. Four hours passed and I woke up to discover what I’d actually done was put a large elastic hair band over my eyes, and the resulting pressure had caused a temporary blindness.
I could see light and vague shapes but that was about it.
Panic followed almost immediately despite taking a few deep breaths and having a word with myself. Being blinded was the most debilitating thing I’d ever experienced. When something goes wrong I tend to reach for my keyboard – the Internet is my lifeline, and can usually answer most of my questions. But although I could see the outline of the monitor, trying to focus on anything on it was a waste of time.
With the computer a lost cause, my phone is usually my next stop. But as I managed to grab it from the charger I realised I couldn’t see anything on that screen either, let alone my parent’s number. Well shit.
I ended up making a mess of my kitchen (though I did discover that my capacity for making tea remains unaffected even in times of greatest strife – excellent) and having a cuppa. Then I sat and cried for a little bit. I mean, there’s nothing much else you can do when you’re supposed to be a grown up and yet still have managed to blind yourself and you can’t call your dad.
It took maybe an hour or so for my vision to return enough that I could look up what I’d done via google. Then I rang home, and listened to the resulting laughter for a few minutes before hanging up again.
A silly tale for todays DPchallenge, but hopefully entertaining. Moral of the story? Don’t be stupid when it comes to your eyes, you need them!