Had my 10th eyelea injection yesterday. After the preliminaries, eye test, scan, initial anaesthetic drops and iodine I went into the sterile room. For the first time ever, I was asked "Why are you here?" What??? I had to stop myself from laughing out loud. "By appointment and for an injection in my left eye," was my rather puzzled reply. Were they checking if I had all my marbles? I know I am getting on a bit and always go there alone by choice.
I then asked for extra anaesthetic drops and explained that on 7 out of nine occasions I had felt the sharp pain of the needle going in. The nurse said she always uses a full bottle but the doctor would give me extra ones if I asked him although he was right there.
I was given extra drops and at first it seemed to work until the very last split second when I still felt the sharp pain and my body reacted. Of course both, doctor and nurse, could not fail to notice it. Although I thought It was a slightly better experience than some I had in the past, it was not entirely satisfactory as there seemed to be something wrong with the clamp as some of the drops hit the lower eyelid rather than the eye. It may have had something to do with the fact that they were running late due to emergencies and I was the last patient of the day. That is one of the drawbacks when you get slotted in "as and when".
My question is, how can I stop my body from reacting so violently ? I'm not squeamish and generally down to earth and take things in my stride..