That's what I have to do. Well, technically it's not Vaseline, it's Erythromycin ointment, but it has the same gooey texture.
A plastic surgeon did reconstructive surgery on my tear duct Monday evening. The technical term is called Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). Basically it's just a fancy name for fixing an obstruction between your tear duct and your nose.
While waiting for the surgery, a lady sitting in a chair next to mine asked me a question. I had no idea what she said, so I looked at her and replied, "Excuse me?" She glanced back and mumbled something along the lines of "Never mind". That's when I saw black drawings all around her eyes and realized she was having plastic surgery for vanity reasons. I thought to myself, "That's right beeotch. The doctor didn't draw all over my face. I'm here because of a real problem."
What is it with people who want to talk to you in doctor's offices and/or hospitals anyway? Seriously, I was a nervous freaking wreck. The last thing I wanted to do was tell 'Mrs. I've Got Nothing Better to Worry About or Spend My Money On' all about my personal problems. I saved that information for all you blogging friends. ;) Just kidding. I won't bore you with details. Let me say, though, as disgusting as it sounds, you can't realize what a blessing it is to blow your nose, until someone forbids it.
(Hopefully, I am spelling things right through my blurry vision.)
To make this post somewhat educational and for those of you who may be suffering from a blocked tear duct as I was, or are just curious about the procedure, I've included a diagram:
Do not put Vaseline in your eye or anybody else's for that matter.
If you go without blowing your nose, you do so at your own risk.