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Dinner Excitement! [Mar. 27th, 2009|11:18 am]
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I'm glad it's Friday! However, my eyes HURT so bad from crying yesterday and lack of sleep. My upper eyelids are puffy and my eyeballs feel burned and I have a really bad headache as a result. Any ideas how to get them feeling better? I have so much work to do and I need my eyes working!

I am marinating prime top sirloin steaks as we speak:
1 cup red wine
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup EVOO
Sea Salt
Fresh ground pepper
Chopped garlic
2 tablespoons fresh chopped Rosemary
1/4 tsp dried Thyme

Marinate in a plastic bag turning several times for at least 2 hours.

When finished I'll broil them in the oven.

Sides: Whole Russet potatos, baked with Sour Cream, Butter (and possibly fresh chives).
Appetizer: Do we want the Sliced fresh celery, cucumber, red bell pepper and baby carrots with Yogurt Feta Dill dip? Or steamed baby carrots instead?

Dessert: Ricotta cheesecake with lemon zest. (I'll let you know how this recipe turns out.)

[User Picture]From: circumspectly
2009-03-27 06:59 pm (UTC)
I hear that cucumber slices on your eyes is helpful. Maybe 10 minutes? Maybe ice cubes?

I hope that things are getting better.

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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-03-27 07:03 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Yes! Things are improving, but it's a rough time. At least I'm making a healthy dinner (recipes from cooking light, high protein stuff).
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[User Picture]From: random_girl
2009-03-27 07:10 pm (UTC)
I usually do a wet washcloth (cold) and place it on my eyes to reduce swelling. Drink a lot of water, and, if you can, take an anti-inflammatory (it will reduce swelling in your eye area). If you have natural eye drops (the stuff that just lets you get your eyes wet, rather than medicated), a few drops of that will probably also feel good.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-03-27 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'm not really supposed to take anti-inflamatories because of my altered digestive system, but I might be able to risk 1/2 a dose just so I can see better. Do you think drinking some hot tea would help with the steam?
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[User Picture]From: random_girl
2009-03-27 07:16 pm (UTC)
I think in this case, if it feels better, then yes. Hot steam will increase blood flow and add more liquid to your eyes. It won't reduce swelling, but its likely to make it feel better and increased circulation helps with healing.

Drinking the tea is probably also a really good idea :) Basically, after you've been crying enough for your eyes to hurt, you're very dehydrated. I often feel hung over if I have cried that much.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-03-27 07:32 pm (UTC)
I have an herbal tea, a club soda with a touch of juice in it, and an anti-inflammatory going on top of multivitamins and I remembered that it has been a month so I gave myself a B-12 injection too which should help with energy. Hungover is EXACTLY how I feel. Thanks for the tips.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-03-27 07:44 pm (UTC)
Lori, I don't tell you this often enough, but THANK YOU for being there with your reasonable and kind advice so many times. I really appreciate your generosity and patience and understanding. I feel loads better since following the tips you suggested and I wanted to let you know it worked. I wish I had the wisdom to follow your advice more often. It's nearly always great.
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[User Picture]From: random_girl
2009-03-27 07:56 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome. I really appreciate having you as a friend, as well, you know. You give me a different perspective on things, and, since I've met you, I've felt considerably more confident (instead of just acting that way) :)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-03-27 07:38 pm (UTC)
The last time I actually hurt myself from crying too much was after my Grandma died. I miss her still. I'm really depressed right now and going through a hard time. I feel like last night was a good turning point though.
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[User Picture]From: dkstwin
2009-03-27 08:45 pm (UTC)
I second the wet tea bags. I don't only get headaches after major crying jags I get throwing up, kill me now or take me to the ER migraines. So the eyes are the least of my issues, but I have successfully used the tea bag method at other times my eyes looked like I'd been stung by bees.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-03-27 09:39 pm (UTC)
I get migraines too, so I understand. Yeowch! Glad I don't have one of those.
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2009-03-27 07:45 pm (UTC)
I ususally do the cold wet washcloth (yeah, been using that one a bit too much lately myself) and some cooled eyedrops (I'm not opposed to clear eyes or visine, but even just saline drops help as long as they've been in the fridge for a while).


Dinner sounds yummy! I'll be there! ;)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-03-27 07:55 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you! I'm putting the eyedrops in the fridge right now for an afternoon treat.
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[User Picture]From: pollyhyper
2009-03-27 08:03 pm (UTC)
All of the above advice re: eyes, as well as something really simple: close your eyes and let them relax for about 60 seconds every so often.

Dinner sounds yummy!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-03-27 08:06 pm (UTC)
I love recipes that use the stuff from my garden. Seeing your gardening stuff inspires me to do more of it. I'll try that with the eyes.
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[User Picture]From: lizzymommy
2009-03-27 08:15 pm (UTC)
First off, DRINK! (water, that is...) The headache is usually from dehydration after a serious crying jag.

For the eyes, I recommend brewing up any old black tea bags you've got, squeezing the bags out, and once they're cool enough for you to touch them, put them on your eyes. Something about the tannins in the tea helps the puffy owies.

I'm off to Arizona for a family wedding...we're driving from TX. OY! *HUG*
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-03-27 08:18 pm (UTC)
Drive safe and have a great time at the wedding. *hug* I'm hoping to have no tears at all today except those of joy.
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[User Picture]From: pattinthehatt
2009-03-27 08:46 pm (UTC)
She beat me to it. I was going to say that cucumber slices feel good, as do the bowl parts of spoons that have been dipped in ice water, but the tanic acid in black tea is actually supposed to reduce swelling, so that would be my top rec. And I also agree with lizzymommy that they don't need to be cold, just cool enough to be comfortable and not cause burns and such.

But I also want to second the advice to get a lot of non-dehydrating fluids. I suck at that, myself, so I'm not saying it lightly. But how you're feeling signals dehydration, which can make you feel nine other kinds of crappy, too. I wouldn't be surprised if some of your meds aren't dehyrdrators, too, because so many are. (That does not, of course, mean I'm suggesting you skip them- not that I think you'd do that, or even think I meant it, but just to be clear. :o) )

Finally, be kind to yourself. I was going to say you've been through a double-whammy with your own grief and trying to keep things together for Craig as much as you can, but that's not even the whole story. You already had a bunch of stress before the loss of a beloved pet, and many of those stressers are still present, too.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-03-27 09:38 pm (UTC)
That is so true. We both miss our little furry buddy too. The eyes have been depuffing slowly as I'm getting more hydrated. Once I got in 3 glasses of tea and the 1/2 water and 1/2 juice combination my headache was about half as bad, so I to think it's largely the dehydration making me feel so icky! I'm hoping to lay low, see a movie, and do a few comforting things to recharge this weekend. Have a wonderful time with your Dentar this weekend! :)
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[User Picture]From: feminista1
2009-03-28 10:55 am (UTC)


Thanks girl, I'm definitely going to try this with steak. Doesn't wine make it so nice and tender? MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. And the potatoes and cheesecake sound delish. Lucky Craig!!!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-03-28 03:29 pm (UTC)


The steak was yummy! I am excited to try the cheesecake. It had to cool, so we didn't get any last night. I sent a baby crustless cake home with Angela though and she texted me that it was the bomb!
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