posted on Dec, 2 2013 @ 05:14 PM
Here's the backstory: Last night, right before I fell asleep, I felt what I thought was an eye lash or something bugging my eye. I wiped it away, but
"felt" it. It didn't hurt, just sort of itched. Fast forward six hours when I get up for work: My poor eye is super red, burning, painful, and I
couldn't stand any light. I took out the my contacts (I know, I know) and found my glasses and went on to work.
Thankfully, I was able to get a pal to cover the last four hours of my shift as my eye is out of control. Red, so painful, and the light be damned! I
left work and called the eye center that I have been going to for a few years on my way home. The receptionist takes my number and the eye doctor
calls me right back! He went over my symptoms and said "well I am getting ready to leave in 10 minutes but I will wait for you to get here if you can
come now." I explained to him where I live and the snarled traffic due to construction on just about every main east-west road in the area. He
understood and then said (based on my symptoms) he would call in an antibiotic ointment to the local pharmacy and scheduled me to come in first thing,
tomorrow morning. He's coming in early. For me.
After we hung up I went to change out of my work clothes and he called back while I was changing. He gave me his cell phone number just in case the
problem gets worse over night and encouraged me to call him if it does. You could've knocked me over with a feather when I listened to that message.
He doesn't know me from Adam therefore I know that this is just the type of doctor he is. Caring, concerned, and most importantly HELPFUL!
THIS. THIS is how you treat a patient. It would've been so easy for him to say "sorry, just finished my day, go to the ED if it is bothering you
that much." Being a nurse, everyone knows the docs who give the "best" care. The ones who go above and beyond. Sadly, those docs are so very
few and far between now. This guy though, I think he's pretty amazing, which is absolutely rare when it comes to doctors/care providers these
BTW, I am pretty sure I scratched my cornea with whatever I wiped away from my eye last night. Also, it doesn't hurt that I am able to communicate my
symptoms clearly (and in a professional manner) which in turn, helped with his decision to call me in something to get me through the night. But
still, it gives me hope that there are still docs like this out there.