The barrage of posts is due to me sitting in line for an eye exam.
It’s also kind of weird that I get a lot more compassion for having had COVID than I ever did for the very visible and scary-looking pus in the eye and PUPPPS. There are people who react to the words “I had COVID” in a way usually reserved for “I’ve had my left leg amputated” or “I have AIDS.” People get these solicitous, extremely kind faces and start talking to me like I’m doomed. Then I try to calm them down by acting in an exaggeratedly upbeat way, which freaks them out further.
I now understand why people with chronic illnesses don’t mention them to anybody. They don’t want anybody to be weird around them.