Dealing with chronic Dry Eye day in and day out can really turn you into a hermit. Sometimes I just go home in my room and sit in front of the humidifier. Sometimes I play harmonica. Sometimes I just scream and pound the floor.
Having an attitude of gratitude can help (if you wan't to get spiritual and self-helpy), but I have found it helpful to tell my eyes to F&*K off and have fun anyway. This may require wearing my ridiculous eye goggles in public and/or keeping my eyes closed for most of the time, but I always feel better when I'm around friends.
Exercising and releasing endorphins also really helps. If only I could run and hike all the time, I would never worry about my dry eye issues!!
Let's get serious for a moment. Depression and suicidal ideation are also serious concerns for dry eye sufferers. My condition is relentless. It never takes a day off. It's always there when I wake up. It's in my face during the day. It's there at bed time too. It definitely won't let you have fun!! It wants attention all the time:
"Give me more drops. Pay attention to me. Stop what you are doing."
God forbid I forget one medication or ritual and I could be paying for it for hours or days. And you ask why I'm depressed???!
Staying positive and out of the dangerous neighborhood that can be my head has been critical to my survival. This past weekend I went bowling with some friends. I had to wear my stupid sunglasses inside and carry around a tumbler (with eye drops) the whole time, but after while I stopped caring and I had fun. Most importantly, I thought about my eyes a little less.
What do you do when it's time to give your eyes the bird? =)
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