Monday, May 01, 2006

The simplest solutions

I have been incredibly out of sorts for the last few days. I have had a fairly heavy cold but over and above that I have had a nagging headache! I rarely get headaches. I am one of those people that when I am unwell, absolutely nothing feels right - my hair does not feel comfortable on my head, my skin feels uncomfortable stretched over my bones and nothing feels like it should. I couldn't work it out but somehow my glasses felt wrong. The frame bits that you never notice seemed to be all that I could see and I kept having to tip the glasses down to the end of my nose to read anything!

I am really a bad case scenario person. I never think the most obvious things. My first thought was that it was a caffeine thing and somehow I wasn't drinking as much tea or coffee as I used to, so I overdosed on coffee and tea to make up for it. There was no improvement in the headaches. My second thought was that perhaps I needed to update the prescription on the lenses. This was not a good thing as they were not cheap! The third thing - absurd really, but remember I have a cold so I'm not thinking clearly - perhaps the shape of my head had changed and the glasses just no longer fitted!

Well this morning I had a proper squint at the glasses and discovered the problem - one of the small bits that balance the glasses on the nose that fallen off. The tiny screw had unscrewed itself and the little plastic thing had fallen off! The glasses were not sitting properly. No wonder my eyes were having a problem focussing on things. There is a proper term somewhere for a situation when you are given a number of possible solutions to a problem and it is the simplest one that is usually the most effective.

The lady at the shop fixed it for me and the headache is subsiding. Maybe I should have asked her if she could fix my cold too.

3 comments:

Mark H said...

Giggle. Glad you're feeling better though.

The term we use in engineering for "all other things being equal, the simplest solution is usually the best" is "Occam's Razor".

meljkerr said...

That is the term that I couldn't remember.

The headache has completely gone! I still jave a bit of a runny nose and a slight cough - but nothing to justify another day at home!

Shelley said...

Probably because your glasses were out of kilter you weren't seeing out of the lenses the way you normally do, thus the result was the headache. Glad you were able to get them fixed and the headaches to stop. Hope you get over your cold soon.