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Monica Bielanko
A chronicle since 2005 of my marriage & move to Brooklyn in my twenties; becoming a mother in my thirties; moving to Pennsylvania and learning to amicably coparent after divorce in my forties while living 3 doors down from my ex-husband in a small country town.
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Tuesday
May082007

Hey Baby, Nice Corneas

"Ummmm yeeaaaah."
"What is it? Do you know what it is?"
"Hmmmmm... "
"Am I going blind? Is it eye cancer? It's eye cancer, isn't it."
"Hold on.. I'll be right back."
"...??"

***15 minutes later***

"Sooo.... "
"Do you know what it is?"
"Could be herpes.."
"In my eye?"
"Yeah. But I don't think it's herpes. So a steroid treatment is out."
"STEROIDS?"
"You're right. Steroids could make it worse if it's not herpes. It could be viral. In which case a strong dose of antibiotics would clear it up."
"Viral? Is it contagious?"
"Could be...."
"You don't know?"
"I'm going to have to send you to my colleague. He'll have a better idea."
"So you can't tell me what it is?"
"No. But I can tell you your corneas look healthy."
"Oh. OKay."
"That'll be seventy-five dollars for the eye exam."