It's hard to describe, but here's my best shot. (By the way, that picture is not me, but my eye looks similar to that...less pink, though.) My left eye feels weird! It's not really painful, but maybe could be described as sore? It's not really itchy, though I did feel some itching in it for a few minutes this morning.
The lower inside edge is pink, perhaps inflamed?, and the skin around the eye, mostly the bottom, is puffier than usual (my upper lids have looked puffy for many months now, so that is nothing new).
When I woke up today (day 2 of weird eye stuff), the lids felt stuck shut. There seemed to be some drainage on the lashes, but I don't remember it being gross yellowy like the pictures I have looked at today. Both the eyes seemed very watery, and it made it hard to see.
I had read yesterday about styes, so thought maybe that was what it was. One thing I read said to use turmeric on a compress on the eye. So this morning, I wet a washcloth with filtered water to clean the areas around my eyes, then put some turmeric on the wet washcloth and used it on my closed eyes as a compress for a few minutes.
It seems strange that this would happen, because hygiene-wise, I haven't been doing anything differently recently than for the last few years. Why would this happen now?
Regardless, hubby and I decided to throw my eye mask in the next load of laundry and sleep without it for a while.
Today I read about pinkeye, thinking this might be perhaps more likely. Pinkeye can apparently be caused by allergens or by viral/bacterial origins.
There are two things that come to mind regarding allergens. First, we bought a couch from someone whose house smelled like very strong cologne. The couch itself smells very strong. He said he slept on the couch frequently, so I am wondering if his skin oils/the cologne got into the cushions themselves. I haven't been on it much, but the smell is very irritating to my nose, and probably my eyes too. In fact, sitting in the same room as the couch, I kind of feel like my eyes are burning, but it could be my vivid imagination. haha
Secondly, the night before I woke up with this eye issue, I was moving books and dusting the shelves they were on. There was a LOT of dust. My husband was coughing because so much dust got stirred up into the air when I was doing so. We seem to accumulate dust very quickly in this apartment. Not sure why. I was squinting my eyes as I dusted, but probably some dust still got in and irritated my eyes.
Another thought that came to my mind about the viral/bacterial origins, as I did more reading on what could contribute to eye infections was poor immune function. This strikes a chord for me because it seems like my immune function seems to be way down lately! Since returning from my travels, I seem to have been sick more often than not. I got a bad cold, then some kind of stomach virus, and now this. Plus feeling extremely tired again the last few days (well that could be due to some poor nights of sleep because of diabetes issues waking me up).
I had been looking to see if any deficiencies would contribute to eye issues, and came across mainly zinc, which I am taking. But I also read about lutein (which should be in my barley grass juice powder), but it made me think of amino acids.
I went and looked up those amino acid deficiency symptoms again and have been reminded of how important AA's are for sooooo many things, not just to keep my legs from trembling. So many many of those symptoms I have but don't think about too much.
I skipped my protein powder on 3 of the last 5 days, for various reasons....perhaps because I was starting to feel better and it didn't seem like such an immediate need. I am thinking now that was a bad idea, and I cannot afford to do that.
Edit: I also should mention that it feels like a vicious cycle. When my body is fighting off infection, my blood sugars go high, frustratingly high. This interferes with sleep (my continuous glucose monitor wakes me up at night), which does not help with getting REM sleep for healing.
Also, when my blood sugars are high, I don't eat a lot, because I am waiting for my blood sugars to come down before eating. This doesn't help with correcting my amino acid deficiency.
When I am sick or my body is fighting off infection, I also lose my appetite. I suppose this is so that my body can focus on healing whatever is wrong. This also isn't good for fixing amino acid deficiency.
Also, when I am sick or having high blood sugar, I feel crappy and don't have energy to move around, thus am not as active as I need to be, thus don't earn many calories, also not helping with correcting my amino acid deficiency.
And I need to correct my amino acid deficiency to (among other things) get my immune system working the way it needs to be so that I am not getting sick all the time.
Type 1 diabetes is so complicated. The body is amazingly complex, and all these deficiencies are teaching me that more and more.
I cannot wait to be healthy and stop having to mess with all this stuff!!!