Friday, January 4, 2019

In Which the Bug Nearly Exacerbates the Problem

A few weeks ago, on a whim, I used an ancient eye primer on my eyelids. It no longer seemed very creamy, but nevertheless I persisted. The next day I noticed a scaly area on one of my eyelids and tossed the primer away.

I basically ignored the scaly area (oh it'll just go away on its own) until yesterday morning when I felt a stinging sensation on my eyelid while I was washing my face. The area was still scaly, but now it was red and annoyed. I messaged my doctor & she said that I could use hydrocortisone, so I pulled out our trusty bin 'o medical stuff and found the tube therein. For some reason, I checked the expiration date. May 2009.


And yet I very nearly used it anyway, except it was sort of yellowish. I seriously have no sense whatsoever. The term (can initials be a term?) "SMH" could have been invented just for me. Go ahead folks - smack your heads. I understand.


  1. I can't wait to hear the next episode.

  2. I tend to look at expiration dates as something for fraidy cats, too... So far, so good, but some day it's gonna get me, I just know it. So what did you do to fix your eye?

    Would you believe that I once l looked at an expiration date for antiperspirant that said "04/25/2436" or something like that? I should have taken a picture of it... The deodorant for when you break out in sweat after the apocalypse!

  3. I'm always using things that have expired, but don't follow my example. Don't fool around with your eyes. Hope it improves. Not a good way to start the year.

  4. While I try not to be crazy about it, I do generally follow the dates within reason. There is a difference in "best when used by," "sell by" and "expires." So there is some latitude, but rarely does that extend beyond ten years. Hope your eye is better by now.

  5. I thought SMH stood for Shaking My Head...?
    No matter; the Universe is telling you that Eye Primer is an unnecessary cosmetic. I'm with ellen, above--what the hell is it and why does anyone need it?

  6. Eye primer? What is that? I've never heard of it. It sounds like something that goes under paint. I guess maybe it does -- something to make eye shadow go on better or last longer? I wouldn't know about that, either. I haven't used eye shadow since the days when angora sweater sets were in.


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