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I woke up this morning in agony. I do not exaggerate. Opening my eyelids caused pain signals to be transmitted to my brain. If you’ve ever scratched your corneas, you know of which I speak.

I have chronic dry eyes. Yesterday, I screwed up twice. I didn’t drink enough water – which does affect my eyes – and I didn’t use my eye drops.

So, last night I grabbed the gel I use at bedtime for my eyes – to make up for all my other screwups during the day. Oops, forgot to use that, too. Ergo, the acute pain in my eyes this morning. It took two hours, hot compresses, three separate eye drop infusions, and 32 ounces of water until I felt like I wasn’t going to scream.

Getting out of bed was fun because I wrenched my knee two days ago and I’m still limping. Then the back.

So I’m sitting at my desk with an ice pack on my knee, one on my back, and in the dark since light still hurts my eyes.

However, it could be so much worse and for that I’m eternally grateful. I have two working legs and a lot of people don’t. I have the ability to walk which isn’t shared by everyone. My eyes work wonderfully well.

Now all I have to do is the maintenance to keep all these parts in good working order. Don’t do stupid dance moves with your dog and screw up your knee, Karen. Remember your back exercises, Ms. Ranney. And for the love of all that’s holy, don’t forget your eyes!

Do you do stupid things like that, too?