First of all, liquid Stevia in the eye?! Is that a thing? What are the chances. Except when it comes to me. Typical Petrena, always gets into the most random situations. One way or another. They always find me.
I literally just got home from enjoying some work on a writing project, feeling all happy after being in touch with my creative side. My friends happen to be at a very classy establishment sipping on Vino. My intention was to haul ass, get ready, go unwind in a nice ambient atmosphere with great friends, and indulge in a nice glass of wine. Potentially(well guaranteed actually) also going to have some great laughs. A few of my favorite things, so you can imagine my excitement.
I had done amazing at getting ready like a rockstar, but being quite exhausted, my eyes were red and tired, so I very quickly(obviously without looking) grabbed what I thought was my eye drops out of my purse, and preceded to tilt my head back and give the bottle a squeeze, before I made my rock star exit.
It came out far too quick and far too much to be my eye drops. It flooded my eye! I knew there was something up as soon as it did that. So before quickly doing the other eye – I took a darn good look at the bottle.
‘OMG’ I thought when I seen it, while also instantly painfully laughing at myself.
‘Petrena! You knob! It’s freaken Stevia!?’ Self displine, and talking to myself, those are things.
Nothing like giving yourself crap.
Yes indeed it was, and indeed it was already starting to hurt. It reminded me of the time I accidentally poisoned myself in Africa…. That’s a whole other story though – for another time.
I needed to take immediate and precise action. In the least panicked fashion as possible.
These are the 4 steps I took in order to get fast relief and make a speedy recovery:
Step 1 – Rinse your eye! For darn sake. Rise your eye as soon as you freaken can. It was a large amount of liquid stevia, and you need to get that $h!@ out as fast as it got in.
Yes it will become inflamed and red. But, I would rather that then burning and closing over. I couldn’t help but question myself. ‘Does stevia in the eye make you go blind?’ I opened my eye to test it out, but through all the water I could still kinda see, so I knew I was going to live. However, keep on rinsing! It still hurts in a very none pleasant way. I did also feel bad that my poor eye ball had to suffer from my blonde moment. Silly me! Sorry eye.
That classic one eyed make-up look. My most attractive state.
Step 2 – Do not add Visine(or on this case, ‘Vispring’, Spanish version)to the infected eyeball. Honestly it is a bad idea, it hurts even worse. Take it from me, I did it. I had a sneaking suspicion that it was not in my best interest. So that’s why I chose a very small dose.
Holy man did I rinse again!! Hard.
At this point I could taste Stevia coming down the back of my throat. Yup, clearly I got a large portion of the bottle of Stevia in there if I could even taste it. Seriously, my poor brain was probably coated with the stuff.
In any case, believe me in taking this step, to not take that other step.
Step 3 – Be gentle on your priceless eye, and rinse with a glass full of oxygenated water. Shoving water in my eye with my hand was just not cutting it. My poor eye was not happy with me, and I needed to pamper it with some TLC. I do love my oxygen drops for their myriad of health benefits, so I figured, the cells of my eye balls would too.
Oh and did they ever! They were loving them. I could only find a massive glass though.
It wasn’t the most ideal for the job, but I decided – if there is a will, there is a classy way.
Step 4 – Laugh at yourself. Because in reality it’s freaken funny as heck.
I may be exceptionally awesome, but I am still just exceptionally human like the rest of us.
When I messaged my friend to tell her of the unfortunately hilarious events that ensued and were sadly keeping me from attending the evening sesh, she did write back and say she burst out laughing in the middle of the restaurant when she read it. I didn’t blame her.
Will I mistake liquid stevia for my eye drops again?
Absolutely not! I learned my lesson – But if you ever do find yourself in this situation, these four steps worked like a charm, and would be my go to guidelines for a full recovery.
So here I be, instead of dressed up in a classy establishment, I am having ‘me time’, drinking tea, writing, and doing some sowing. Also things I love.
Yup, life is so sweet and calorie free. As per usual, I am still loving life. Me and my squinty eye.