When black is blue, purple, green, yellow and brown

It’s a complete misnomer really.

A black eye encompasses so many pretty colours, but it’s not at all a pretty experience to wear it. I’m fortunate to have large black frames on my glasses which hide a lot of the damage, but still, I’ve had second glances and the odd pitying look. I feel like getting a sticker for my forehead:

Eye surgery,ย 
not domestic violence

This one is for those of you who asked if you’d be seeing the black eye. It may yet get larger, but maybe not; the eye doctor was very quick and deft, so this might be it. He said a week to ten days before it’s all gone and the swelling is down.

Still not seeing well out of this eye yet, but it’s improving. Back to the sewing machine in the next couple of days, I hope, and the hand sewing in about a week, I reckon. Meanwhile, I leave you with an earworm.

This time, black really is black


60 thoughts on “When black is blue, purple, green, yellow and brown

  1. Looks a lot better than I imagined ๐Ÿ˜™

  2. jmcheney says:

    Quick healing & much sympathy. I have had 2 chalazions & both required eyelid surgery. No fun at all plus a smart-aleck doctor to boot. Will never SEE him again no matter what. I hope you will be looking lovely & back to happy stitching again very soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      What annoyed me is that I had three at once, two in one eye, one in the other. Two resolved with the hot face-washer treatment and eyelid massage. The third one turned into a monster. Never had them before, hope never to have them again… But I fear ‘looking lovely’ is too big an ask ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I have and still do listen to way too much 60’s music…
    Black is black, I want my baby backย 
    It’s grey, it’s grey, since she went away…

    • katechiconi says:

      …and I-I-I-I-I, I’m feeling blue (and purple, green, yellow and brown). Such a great song. 60s music is part of the soundtrack of my life, I really couldn’t do without the words and music that drifts up through my subconscious on a daily basis!

  4. Steph says:

    You poor thing. Heal well!

  5. tialys says:

    Black eye or no you still look much better close up and without make-up than most – and definitely me – I wouldn’t dare let a camera lens peer at me from that distance.

  6. Lynda says:

    Interesting! Bob’s eye doctor rolled his eyelid and went in from the backside (inside?). This too shall pass…

  7. Moira says:

    Hope it heals quickly now that surgery has been done!

  8. itwasjudith says:

    Best wishes for a prompt recovery ๐Ÿ™‚
    I had eye/face swelling recently and got funny/pitying looks as well…. it’s not even summer – then I could have worn sunglasses ๐Ÿ˜›
    Let’s start a sticker club!

  9. Sharon says:

    Now on to a quick healing and back to work ๐Ÿ™‚ I walked into a cement post many years back splitting my eyebrow open requiring 17 stitches. Talk about black eyes and the colors of the rainbow….quite a few side way glances leading up to sitting in the car waiting for my husband in the grocery store, a woman approached and asked if I needed help for domestic violence….that was the last time my husband would be seen with me in public till it healed and it took over a month.

    • katechiconi says:

      Well-meaning, but you have to feel sorry for the innocent husbands here. I feel an eyepatch might be the best defence here, since it implies surgery by being overt, rather than trying to disguise it because it was done ‘by hand’ as it were… Mine’s well on the way, and a lot of the bruising has dispersed already.

  10. This does not look swollen, or very black and blue. Glad to see you are healing well!

  11. Looks like it is healing really well!

  12. Dayphoto says:

    Although it’s terribly sore looking, I am hoping you are on the way to WELL! Hugs!

  13. craftycreeky says:

    Hope you’re soon feeling better – keep taking the painkillers ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Emmely says:

    It might even be worse if you go out with your husband. He would get angry looks…
    I made your banana bread again today, this time with large chocolate chunks, very nice!

    • katechiconi says:

      I had thought of that, and made him stay in the car while I did the grocery shopping. He had the dog for company and his phone to play with… Do you want a simple pineapple cake recipe too?

      • Emmely says:

        I very rarely have fresh pineapple and when I do I am usually disappointed with the quality. I guess it’s difficult to get it in the shops at the right degree of ripeness so far away from where the fruit actually grows. I probably won’t end up making a recipe with pineapple. Simple recipes like the bananabread are, however, ideal for making with kids though since we only had to measure everything and could just toss it in one big bowl to stirr so I am certainly not opposed to more simple baking recipes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • katechiconi says:

        You can make this one with canned pineapple. And it’s very easy: 1 x 400-450g can crushed pineapple in juice, 2 cups self raising flour, 1 cup soft brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 cup raisins, 2 eggs. Grease a 20cm cake tin. Mix all the ingredients together till there is no visible flour (don’t drain the pineapple). Pour into the tin. Bake at 170ยฐC for 40 minutes. I like a lemon cream cheese frosting for this, but you could also keep back a tablespoon of the pineapple juice, mix it with icing sugar and drizzle it over the top. The cake doesn’t last well, but there again, it doesn’t last long enough to go stale, usually!

      • Emmely says:

        Do you buy the pineapple crushed (and how small are the pieces then more or less?) or do you that yourself? I think I have only seen rings or pieces being sold here.

      • katechiconi says:

        Yes, you can buy it crushed here (it’s a by-product of preparing the rings and chunks) but you can buy a can of chunks and use a stick blender to make the pieces much smaller (say about the size of small peas), like a coarse, runny paste.

      • Emmely says:

        That sounds doable, perhaps we’ll give it a try during the Christmas holiday.

  15. nanacathy2 says:

    Poor sausage, hugs and get well soon.

  16. I’ll keep good thoughts for a complete recovery of your eyesight. The looks really don’t matter if you can see. I can say that because I’m old. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. this too shall pass, it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it might be. As long as your sight is restored all will be well.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not as bad as I thought, either, but then the procedure was pretty quick and he knew what he was doing. The eye is seeing pretty well already apart from the stuff swimming around in it. That too will clear.

  18. Hope it’s better soon – in the mean time, perhaps a lovely teal eye patch?

    • katechiconi says:

      Not required, I think. It seems to improve by big jumps overnight. This morning, it’s back to its normal colour and almost its normal size. Pity, really, I’d have enjoyed the eye patch!

  19. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    So sorry to hear your operation was unpleasant, I didn’t realise the operation was cos of the eye infection, I thought you were going for new artificial lenses. I see you are feeling better today. I know how horrible it is when something is wrong with your eye. Take care !!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! It’s much better today, the swelling is down, the bruising is almost gone and it’s not making swimmy bits in my eye any more. I think two or three more days and it’ll be all better.

  20. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. I hope this fixes the problem for good. Not being able to see properly when you do so much sewing must be miserable.

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