Naturally, this happened before 10am when I had a whole day of student conferences scheduled. Conferences about papers. And, no, of course I don't keep a pair of spare glasses at work.
As I'm pretty damned stubborn, I held the conferences and graded papers with only one contact lens in, and by the time I drove home, my head was throbbing.
Now, according to my mother, a normal person would take a couple of pain relievers, lie down for a while, and the headache would go away.
But I'm stubborn.
I don't like the idea of taking unnecessary medication, which is, by definition, any medication which I don't absolutely have to take to avoid limbs dropping off. So, unlike the rumored normal person of which my mother speaks, I tried the following techniques to rid myself of the headache:
- Complain about the headache
- Drink a glass of water.
- Complain more about the headache.
- Take out contact lens, put on glasses, and try grading papers.
- Rub temples sensuously.
- Look up "headache cures" on the google
- Look up "symptoms of a brain tumor" on WebMD
- Panic about possible brain tumor
- Grade another paper.
- Whine about headache with slight catch in voice.
- Pet the cat.
- Surf internet desultorily.
- Rub eyes. Wish for chocolate.
- Whine pathetically about headache.
- Have water and ibuprofen shoved into my hands by Mom, who murmurs about the uselessness of higher education
- Take ibuprofen.
- Look up possible toxic effects of ibuprofen. Read effects aloud to Mom until she slaps me with a washcloth.
- Realize headache is gone.
Possibly a brain tumor.