A Blephro Experience


Posted by Christel-California , Aug 18,2001,00:01   Archive
Today I went shopping with my husband and we parked some distance from the store. I got out of the car, locked and closed the door. Noticing that my husband was busy putting up the suncreen, I decided to go ahead to get out of the sun. About halfway to the building my eyes slammed shut and I stood there when I heard my husband ask if I was o.k.
I told him no, where are you and held out my hand, which he then took.
We slowly proceeded toward the store and after a few steps I was able to squint again. I saw a lady in front of me asking if I was o.k. and saying it must be the heat. I felt very disoriented. Then I looked to my side and noticed that I was clutching the hand of a total stranger, presumably the lady's husband. I disengaged, explained that I had thought he was my husband and thanked him for his assistance. By this time my husband was catching up with me, wondering what I was doing walking hand in hand with another man. I felt like a complete idiot, though in retrospect I think it's kind of funny.

Christel in Ca.




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Re : A Blephro Experience --- Christel-California
Posted by Delaine Inman , Aug 18,2001,10:24 Top of Thread Archive
Thank God for the kindness of strangers and I'm sure it was not funny at the time, but I'm sure under the circumstances both your husband and the other couple all know it was the safe thing to do and now you have a funny story to tell. P.S. Maybe next time....wait for your husband and hold his hand, ok?



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Re : Re: A Blephro Experience --- Delaine Inman
Posted by Christel-California , Aug 18,2001,12:14 Top of Thread Archive
Delaine, do I detect a note of disapproval? Where's your sense of humor?



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Posted by Delaine Inman , Aug 18,2001,16:01 Top of Thread Archive
Heck no....to the note of disproval. Boy my southern sense of humor got missed if you sensed that. I was trying to be funny too, by scolding you to wait on hubby and hold his hand.....I'm so independent that's what I WOULDN'T do. I thought it was a great blephro moment to add to the scrap book along with Alan's walking into pools and such.



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Posted by Christel-California , Aug 18,2001,16:45 Top of Thread Archive
Sorry, I misunderstood. I vill make sure that it von't happen again.



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Posted by June in Toronto (June Floyd,June in Toronto), Aug 18,2001,10:36 Top of Thread Archive
I'm glad you finally laughed at the situation Christel, but I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time. I'm glad it al lworked out ok.

Maybe we should start a thread about "Our Funniest Moments with BEB" - what do you think?

June in Toronto




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Posted by Christel-California , Aug 18,2001,12:10 Top of Thread Archive
June, I think that's a great idea. This one was certainly my funniest to date or rather the only funny one I can recall. I was so beat when we got home that I just crashed and slept for a couple of hours. It was in the evening that it really struck me and I couldn't stop giggling.
Then I finally got around to asking my husband what he actually thought when he saw me walk hand in hand with another guy. He said that he didn't know what to make of it, but thought it was kind of cute.
The couple was elderly like us and I just couldn't explain to them what was going on with me, so I let them think it was heat stroke or whatever.



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Posted by Ann Doyle , Aug 18,2001,13:57 Top of Thread Archive
Why would you hold on to a strangers hand if your eyes weren't open? You couldn't even tell if he was good looking or if his wife was with him.. That is absolutely in poor taste---But safer than being hit by a car I guess. >:-> Ann Doyle



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Posted by Christel-California , Aug 18,2001,16:53 Top of Thread Archive
I didn't see him, even when my eyes were somewhat open. I would not be able to describe those people if my life depended on it. I was too petrified. My husband remarked on the fact that the guy had real white hair, I didn't even see that.



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Posted by Ann Doyle , Aug 19,2001,17:42 Top of Thread Archive
I was trying to be funny too. Maybe I should have drawn a smiley face instead of a devil.*<):0) Ann Doyle



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Posted by Sally - in - Idaho , Aug 18,2001,14:28 Top of Thread Archive
Come on, Christel, admit it ... you're just trying to pull the wool over our eyes about your new hobby of picking up guys!! And to do it with your husband around, too?? For shame!

I had that same experience two summers ago in the parking lot of a large mall in Spokane. It was extremely bright and hot and I was planning to hurry into only one store, do my errand, and get back to the car. Like you, my eyes slammed shut, I became disoriented, and cars were honking. I was totally at the mercy of anyone because I was alone. A woman and her son finally led me to my car, one time when I was thankful it is an old, distinctive model and easily spotted.

After that experience, I got a handicap parking permit and can at least get nearer to the doors of businesses.

Glad it all worked out well for you and gave you a laugh. You needed that.

A friend sent me a cute little story a couple of weeks ago about a woman saying that she and her husband were in a large parking lot when they saw an elderly woman pushing an empty cart toward the store. The husband, always a gentleman and a helpful person, went to the lady and took the cart from her, saying that he would take that and return it for her. He proceded to hurry toward the store, with the elderly lady half-running trying to keep up with him. She finally caught his coat tail and breathlessly told him, "But I was using the cart to hang on to!" I guess he was pretty emabarassed.

Sally in North Idaho




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Re : Re: A Blephro Experience --- Sally - in - Idaho
Posted by Billie Lowe (billie lowe,Billie Lowe), Aug 18,2001,16:44 Top of Thread Archive
Hey Christel, Glad you can laugh at your parking lot episode now. It is scarey when one minute you can see and the next, total black out. Most of the time when I go places by myself, I am fairly close to the door & if my eyes go shut I just keep walking knowing there is usually shade at the front of the store & my eyes will come back open. I only have a couple of stores that I go by myself the rest of the time I hang onto my husband's hand or pocket. Guess we need to pick the times & places where we can be independent. I think if you are going to pick up men in the parking lot, you need to be a little more sneaky.

Billie in Kansas where we are enjoying wonderful weather.





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Posted by Christel-California , Aug 18,2001,17:07 Top of Thread Archive
Billie, it is scary when you are totally blind all of a sudden. I was too far from the door and just couldn't move and knew my husband would catch up any minute. Well he did, it was just the wrong husband.
If it had been Paul Newman I would have kept walking with him, forget his wife. :-)

Christel in Ca., land of eternal spring, or so they used to say in Germany (vot do zey know) If this is spring, I'm a pancake.

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Posted by Christel-California , Aug 18,2001,16:57 Top of Thread Archive
Sally, as usual you got me laughing out loud.
Love you.
Christel



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Posted by Lyn Patterson , Aug 18,2001,20:46 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Christel

I've never had an experience where my eyes slam shut as many of you seem to have. Are you on Botox? I find once I have the injections, things are almost normal for about 8 weeks.
Lyn




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Posted by Christel-California , Aug 18,2001,20:54 Top of Thread Archive
Lynn, no I'm not, haven't responded to Botox. But it seems to happen to people on Botox as well. It took several years for me to progress to the point where my eyes slam shut occasionally. I hope that's it for me as far as progression of this disorder is concerned.

Christel in Ca.




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Posted by colleen , Aug 19,2001,19:02 Top of Thread Archive
Christel That is the way my beb works all of the time.They can shut
down anytime any where from a few seconds to a few hours. I usually
have a few seconds of warning before they close

Colleen in IL



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Posted by Sally - in - Idaho , Aug 19,2001,19:11 Top of Thread Archive
Lyn, Consider yourself lucky. The "slamming shut" scenario is frightful! I am on Botox every eight weeks and it does help a lot, but there are still a few times when the eyelids just zip down like releasing a venetian blind all at once. Quite often, sudden bright light is the culprit in my case.

Sally in North Idaho




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