KO’d by Karma

As most people know, karma can be a rude evil witch that blindsides us when we least expect it. To me, karma is the reaction to our actions in the universe. Sometimes it is negative and causes the boomerang to hit us in the face. Recently, I found this to be a fact.

I talked my husband Danny into having some freckles, (skin damage) burned off his face. The dermatologist seemed a little over-zealous and he came home with several dime-sized brown spots where the doctor had frozen them with liquid nitrogen.

“Look at what you did to me!” he said half-joking.

“People in Boulder get stuff burned off their skin all the time. They’ll know where your brown spots came from.”

It did look pretty hideous.

That night, Danny hurt himself. I mentioned in a previous post that I have a dry eye problem and avoid it by running a humidifier. You can imagine that I occasionally “remind” him to refill it with water before climbing into bed. After my washing and moisturizing routine, I came to bed and could hear it purring away. As I slipped under the covers I said, “Hey, thanks for filling up the humidifier.”

“I almost put my eye out doing it.”


“I smacked my head on the arm of the rocking chair.”

“Didn’t you turn on a light? Let me look at it.” I switched on the lamp and could see a small cut under his eye, but other than that, it just looked a little bit red. “You should ice it.”

“I’ll be fine.”

“Do you want any Ibuprophen?”

“No. It only hurt when I hit it. It’s okay now.”

The next morning I heard him get out of bed and walk into the bathroom. He moaned and then I remembered what had happened the night before.

“How’s your eye?”

“Oh, it’s black alright!”

“No way. Let me see.” I sprung out of bed and sure enough it was a shiner. I gasped at the huge swelling under his eye which had begun to turn dark red and then I started to giggle. I couldn’t help it. It was my fault in a strange sort of way, but had to leave the room since I was laughing so hard. He looked like a prize-fighter! I composed myself and tried to cover it up with concealer.

Of course, I had to take pictures and then threatened to post them on Facebook. He was a good sport and posed for me. I only sent them to our family. His eye and the spots got worse over the next couple of days.

On the Friday before Easter, I decided to cash in one of my gift cards for a facial to calm down my skin after a reaction to anti-aging products. Somehow, my appointment for a mini-facial turned into their top of the line acid wash. Not only was it twice as expensive, but she removed 6 of the 7 layers of my upper-epidermis.

The next morning, I woke up and screamed after looking in the mirror at my red road rash-like skin. It looked as though I had been in a terrible biking accident. The aesthetician had used a buffer and scratched me under my eye so the mark resembled a black eye! I freaked out. How would I shop for Easter brunch and entertain tomorrow looking like this? Would I be able to cover my abraded skin with makeup? How would I go to Church? Would people stare?

As we dressed for Easter Sunday Mass, I glanced over at Danny with his fading spots and black eye. Then I checked my reflection with concealer all over my face and said, “Wow. We look like quite a pair!” I turned my face upward and said, “Karma, you are such a bitch! By the way Danny, what did you do?”

Do you believe in Karma?

Image by William R. Curstinger, click on image for link to National Geographic

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  1. I fully believe in the law of three, or as you say, Karma. What goes around, comes around and sometimes it sucks. Hope you folks are fully recovered.


  2. People would assume you punched each other.

    Do I believe in karma? Hmmm… I’ve got a bit to say on the subject. 🙂 The short answer is yes, I believe in the workings of the universe.

    The dry I thing… I deal with it as well, and keep a big 12 oz bottle of sensitive eyes saline solution on this credenza and another by the bed for this very reason.

    You laughed at your poor hubby!


    1. It was so funny though! Danny said he would have laughed sooner if he would have gotten through sports or in the garage. He didn’t want to tell anyone that he was taken down by a rocking chair!


  3. OMG Susie pls tell me both of you took a pic before going for the suday mass
    ha ha ha this the most hilarious post ever….i just can’t stop laughing..i mean i am sorry both of you looked the way you did but. ….. 😆
    Karma is a witch no doubt 😆


    1. I am glad you could laugh along with us! I posted an Easter photo on Facebook and my makeup job really worked! Danny’s eye isn’t too obvious since he had smacked it on Monday night.
      We really lucked out and didn’t see anyone we knew at Church or there might have been some ‘splainin’ to do! 🙂


  4. no, i don’t believe in karma. i think about it like this. let’s say there are ten events in which someone does something that could make us think, “uh oh, watch out for karma.” i would bet that in those ten events, only maybe 3 result in some kind of retaliatory event that would then make us say, “see, karma!” so in 7 situations, nothing happened, in less than half, something did happen. less than half says there’s no such thing as karma, but we tend to focus more on the events that do work out in a seemingly karmic way.

    it’s like when someone suggested that beautiful hollywood women have first and last names with the same initial. marilyn monroe. bridget bardot. farrah fawcett. etc. well, it’s not that many have that double initial. it’s that we focus more on the ones that do instead of the ones that don’t

    that is the theory which is mine.


    1. Hi Rich!
      I really agree that the boomerang isn’t always aiming at us to smack us up side the head with every action, but this story was so ridiculous I had to share it. I do think that putting out positive energy attracts positive energy. Isn’t laughing positive?? I guess you aren’t supposed to laugh “at” someone….
      I did not know that about Hollywood actresses! Maybe I should change my name to Linda Lindau so everyone remembers me…


  5. This was hilarious — but if I have some kind of accident and get a black eye within the next week or so, I’ll probably conclude that black eyes are contagious and I caught it from reading this post.


  6. Wow! What are the odds of all that happening? You poor little couple. 😦 I’m sorry. I am giggling only slightly. I adore you and wish no ill will for either of you. Interesting how our pain can become funny, isn’t it?


    1. It is the only way to go through life!
      We are definitely laughing, so please join in! It is so ironic and we really did look like a mess… 🙂
      Is it your birthday today?


    1. He was working in low ambient light and never saw the arm of the chair when he leaned over to set the humidifier back down.
      Thank god for concealer! Thanks Smidgen!


  7. Hi,
    Yes definitely Karma at work here, no good having only one black eye in the family, too unbalanced. 😀
    You both must of looked a sight, I can only picture it all and smile. 🙂


  8. Karma or indeed choices. Our choices and the choices of others no matter how big or small affect our lives and the lives of others like ripples in a pond. Entertaining read : )


    1. I think that those ripples turned into a tidal wave! The waters are calm now. We went skiing yesterday with no injuries! Yeah! I need to move that rocking chair out of our bedroom. Just in case….
      Thanks BL!


  9. Sorry I can’t believe in Karma, it’s just your brain processing events/situations and joining the dots together to make sense of the world, we as humans are mostly superstitious, but we get to choose if we want to or not.


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