Tuesday, July 17, 2012


So, I guess I'm not so good at writing every day anymore.

Work has been crazy. Sometimes it has been literally crazy. Like, I've seen some crazy people at work. Last week there was a guy who was getting a hole cut into his iris to relieve some pressure that has built up in his one remaining eye. He was a crazy guy and didn't really understand what was going on. Every time the laser went off that was supposed to blast a hole in his eye, he would scream and jump away. This is bad, because you and easily go blind by looking at that laser directly. The doctor brought me in and my job was to hold him down and push his head up against the laser machine so that he would stop jumping. He was pretty strong, and he was pretty stinky. I had to hold him down for 25 minutes straight. My arms were shaking near the end of the operation and I was repeating over and over again, "Now, sir, you have to stop moving or you'll go blind, OK? Stop moving!" The operation was a success and I was the hero for an hour.

I saw the most disgusting sight I've ever seen today. I can't describe it in detail because it really makes me want to throw up when I think about it, but let's say that it involves an empty eye socket, a lot of pus, and a pencil...

In other news, I found some really neat pictures taken by Zander Olsen. These pictures are from a series called Tree, Line.

Zander :: Tree, Line.


Zander :: Tree, Line.


Katie Lewis said...

Yeah, we have got to stop talking about what you did at work that day during dinner.

Also, I think the top picture is my favorite.

Lisa Lou said...

are there really that many people missing eyes? I think nasty eye stories might be worse than nasty festering maggot-ridden dog tumors...

Kathy Haynie said...

I agree with Katie about the top picture.

Whew...being an optometrist should be easy-peasy after all the stuff you're seeing in this job.

Patricia said...

I really like the pictures. Something about them makes me feel so good. I don't know why, but I just feel good looking at them. Weird. Also, I think it's so cool that you are having these work experiences. Seeing another side of things and people.