Thursday, August 14, 2008

I feel like crap

I've got a stye in my eye that's the size of Texas! I went to the pharmacy and got antibiotics, eye drops and eye ointment... of course I consulted the Internet to see what I should do first. The idea of consulting an undertrained, underpaid 'qualified' Libyan doctor gives me the heebie-jeebies.

I'm going to stay hidden away until I look and feel better. As it is now, I look like a bad halloween mask... totally frightening!


  1. hello
    looks like you have what we call a geleegeloits a habba or syst on the upper or lower eyelid if so is it hard or soft and has ahead ,if the later use a hot pad with warm salt water,and press to get the puss outand then use the pomata theuy gave the the way must have good eyes ;because that mostly to who it happen to people with good vision.


  2. " you must have good eyes ;becauase that mostly to who it happen to people with good vision "

    O M G..................!

  3. What where you saying about undertrained????? :-)

  4. He was doing good up until the eyesight thing...

  5. hi, if the signs are more than localised redness and swelling, then u need to see a doctor and these sort of things dont need more than a fourth year medical student to sort out, leave your pleasure in offending libyan doctors for another time when there might be a real reason for making fun of them.
    libyan doctor in UK

  6. Stye's are no fun. I once got one and it unfortunately got bigger every day for about week. I went to the doctor (live in the USA) and he pretty much told me you can't do anything about it. No antibotics will help. You just got to wait it out. He did say placing a warm cloth on it may help speed up the process.

    Glad to know i have good vision though :D.

  7. Dear Khadija

    Press a hot teabag on the stye. The tannic acid in the tea dries up the stye and the heat helps to clear it up quickly. Try that twice or three times a day for 2 days.

  8. Libyan lore says to get a five dirham coin and 7 grains of barley - tie them up in a cloth bag and throw them in a crossroads. As soon as the bag is picked up the stye will go away... tranferring to the unlucky soul that picked up the bag.

    OK... where to find the five dirham coin? Do you think I could use a quarter dinar bill???

    Mahmud... I think I'll try the tea bag. I'm in pain over here....uuughhh!

  9. Be happy that you are a native english speaker - lets talk in german and I will make fun about your bad grammar and writing!!! The whole world speaks BSE (bad simple english) dont be so oversensitiv.

  10. I wasn't make fun of the bad English. The thing that got to me was the part about people with good vision not getting styes very often.... there is NO connection there at all. Totally rediculous... lolol

  11. Dear Khadija,

    I hope the pain is gone.. Apart from the teabag, some say to rub fresh garlic on the stye ( if this is really what you have)

    By the way my name is Claire. I found your blog online today and I would like to invite you to list it on our Expat Women Blog Directory ( It’s free. We would just love to have your blog listed on our site!

    I also invite you to join our community ( Membership is free and enables you to receive our monthly, inspirational newsletter, plus ensures your name is in the running for all of our promotions and giveaways.

    Thank you very much and my very best wishes to you,


  12. bad to hear that
    wish you a quick recovery
    by the way,,i hate ophthalmology(eye medicine),i hated back in medical school,,still do

  13. where do you come across calling libyan doctors untrained and unqualified.. if its your eye.. go see an opthalmologists.. (who by the way work in tripoli and have specialized abroad) maybe you went to see a GP or gynaecologist.. dont be quick to insult us.. if u dont like it here.. then leave.. we're better off without you. Seriously since when were you better than libyans. at least theyre doctors .. you couldnt even get near the med schools let alone study in them.. and the ones who go abroad and specialize end up being the best in their cities .... so dont be quick to judge.

    Dr. Asma Gargoum
    proud to be a libyan doctor.

  14. Hi Claire... my blog is already listed on your site. Thanks for the info on the tea. I'm not sure I want to try garlic though.

    Asma... I never said I was better than Libyans.. I have had plenty of experience with the medical system here over the past 20 years to feel uneasy about wanting to pay them a visit though. And if the Libyan health care was so wonderful then you wouldn't find huge lines of Libyans at the border trying to go elsewhere for treatment.

    I certainly could get near a Libyan medical school and study in one.. I have seen their textbooks and 'sheetats' to know what the curriculum is like. Plenty of stuff I learned in 6th grade in America is taught to 1st year medical students here... sigh...

    And yes there are plenty of Libyan doctors that run off to other countries to practice medicine and become successful doctors.. sometimes it seems that the good doctors all leave here... leaving us with the doctors that can't make it.... sigh...

  15. I have seen something, maybe interesting for you:

    Looking for part-time Destination Consultants in Tripoli

    Best wishes for you and your eye

  16. I need some good advices: How will I manage to keep the "segrellos" under control? They decided that my cupboard is her home, the one with the clothes, not the one with the food, do they eat cloth??? How to kill them the best way? Please help me, I hate them so much!!

    Thanks a lot

  17. I hope you're OK now. If it's really gleegolo, you have to make sure that the the germ is dead, otherwise, it comes back in another spot on the eye. My best wishes.

  18. Burnia... yes. They eat cloth and even soap too. They like dark damp places. Take everything out and give it a good spray with bug spray. then after airing out a while put your stuff back in.

    This year is particularly bad one for the little critters. Almost everyone I talk to lately seems to be having a problem. We're having kitchen patrol in our house to keep things under control. uuughh...

  19. What a great blog!
    You certainly are qualified to comment on Libyan doctors after having had 6 kids!! Why do Libyans react so overly sensitive to criticism? It's really striking.Is it the old "honor" and "respect" tradition that still hasn't been replaced by a culture of criticism? I'd really like to hear your opinion on this.
    Keep up your blog!

  20. they are your eyes, not mine, but I recommend you to not (play) with them and only read some articles on the internet.

    Yes the doctors in Libya are as you said 100% in your example, but you can at least take the advice and don't do it if you are not comfortable with it.

    it's your eye, do not play with it.

    Ali Attaweel.

  21. Wow, people are so sensitive.

    Dr. Mohamed, i t was nice of you to leave your advise. Maybe the last statement was misunderstood.

    All others, Libya Dr's try hard but it is known that even though they try, they don't have a lot of resources. I spent a lot of time in hospitals in the last 5 years I was in Libya and I know for a FACT that the hospitals are horrible. The Dr's undertrained and over worked. It is a fact and a sad one but not somthing you can deny. It does not mean that the Dr's don't try, it means there is a lot going against them. I'm sure if they were honest, most Drs trained in Libya would agree. I would espically like to hear what the ones that lave Libya to learn and pratice really think about health care in Liyba. Why do they not come home if it is so great?

  22. here iam, iam libyan medical gradute too,the problem with our system its never been with doctors ,its with our poor adminstration,and u can notce that most of libyan dr's who went abroad to practize the medicine they are so clever and get respected by there colleagues,
    i have unique exp about this issue ,3 years back i went to uk ,what i was expecting from other doctors to say behind my back is that (libyan stupid )as i was in 5th year doing observership in royal sherwsbury hospital ,but i was really fascinated by our ability to interpet and the amount of knowldge we have been tought.and what happen is the opposite when one of uk's student asked me ,it looks that u have a good education system ?lolol at that time i was shoked ,and i cant say yes or no ,i asked him back ,why u asking?
    he said i wanna go for observership to libya .
    Mr.TREKI ( ive never used Dr.,doctors are always of histrionic personalities looking for the spot light)


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