I ran to the bathroom. I couldn’t let Jose know that I was crying and in so much pain. It was so embarrassing. I sobbed in silenced. I wanted to rip my eyeballs out. I tried to fit my head under the faucet in the sink, but my head is too huge. After clever maneuvering, I finally got the stream of cold water drenching my eye. The burn only got worse. WHAT???! I had always learned that whenever you had something in your eyes you should run cold water on them. I stopped and washed my hands. I tried to get all of the serrano chile off of my fingers before I took the next step. I was terrified. I needed to take out my contacts. With my hands. My chile hands. I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed. Finally, I felt like it was OK to stick my fingers in my eyes and take out the contacts. I was so wrong. The burning intensified. I could hear Jose down the hall calling my name. I really didn’t want to answer. He came to the bathroom door.
“Ash? Are you crying?”
“No, I’m fine!” I yelled back. I was so grateful right then that I had locked the bathroom door. Our lock is a deadbolt. Pretty serious privacy for a bathroom if you ask me! By this time I was back under the water soaking my eyeballs. I thought I had no other choice.
Then all of a sudden I felt a hand on my back. My sweet Jose was standing right next to me. I have no idea how he got into the bathroom. But he was there. I was so mad he was there! I really didn’t want him to see me like this. And over something so ridiculous!
“You got chile in your eye, didn’t you?” he asked.
“Yes and my contacts are soaking in it”, I sobbed.
Then he was gone. The next thing I new I could hear him speaking Spanish on his phone. He was talking to his mom. When we was finished he rushed back into the bathroom and said,
“Take your hair down. You need to rub your eyes with your hair.” So I did.
Immediate relief! As I continued the pain got so much better. It was the best massage my eyeballs have ever received.
So there you have it folks. The cure for the dreaded chile eye. Advice from a true Mexican woman: my suegra. Online people say flush with cold water. DO NOT. I REPEAT. DO NOT FLUSH WITH COLD WATER. This only makes it worse. Like A LOT worse. If you ever get chile in your eye wipe your eye with your hair. God gives us cures all around! Even on our own body! This also works if you get lavender oil in your eye. (Tried it last night when a little spewed into the corner of my eye)
Remember. No water. Only hair. I think it has something to do with the oils absorbing up the chile juices. At least I like to think that is the reason because it makes me sound very smart.
You could always wear those rubber yellow gloves when you cut chiles as well. Maybe that would save you from the trouble and the pain in the first place…
PS the contacts…flushed em.