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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

Drama Before "Live at 10:00"

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Sometimes, it's just not easy being on live TV. Case in point. I recently had about 15 minutes before the start of the 10:00 pm news. As always, right before the news, I went in to check my hair and makeup. Since I had a cold, and was wearing contacts I thought, maybe a few eye drops would help reduce the affects of all of the coughing and sneezing. Wrong!! I put the eye drops in and only a few seconds later did I realize that I had not used my re-wetting solution. No, in my brilliance I had picked up the wrong bottle. I had put enzyme solution in my eyes. One eye turned blood red, and I was burning and stinging. To make matters worse, the enzyme solution actually made me hoarse. It almost took away my voice. I have never lost my voice in my life. I have been hoarse only a handful of times. With only ten minutes to the show I borrowed a co-workers Visine. Thankfully it helped. I got out on the set, looking a little glassy eyed and sounding strange..but I made it. In the real world, I would have just rinsed out my eyes, washed my face, and taken out the contacts. But it is crucial to be able to see to the teleprompter in this business. Plus, I had 45 minutes on the set, so I had to suffer. Luckily I made it through the news, albeit a little rough around the edges. Several people asked me later if I was OK. I replied, just fine, aside from a cold, the sniffles, a red eye, and the inability to speak, I was a glorious day. Ha..ha..!!! The good news, is I survived, and all is well. I am over the cold But now I will never keep enzyme drops at my desk. I learned a key lesson during that eye-catching debacle. Multi-tasking can be dangerous to your health!!!!!!!!!

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