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The Grody Bloody Eyeball

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Sep 18, 2011

The 1,200 people ticketed so far, for my Boise, Kennewick, Portland and Seattle classes later this week deserve to be warned that I look like a vampire. And also, I’m hoping a medical professional of some type can explain this to me.

A week ago I got hit, hard, in the eyeball with a tennis ball, in a Saturday league I play in. It was a minor injury considering that we forfeited after being up 4-1, when my partner fell on her wrist and sprained it, couldn’t keep playing. I didn’t think anything of it until I was driving a couple of days ago to soccer practice and looked at my daughter in the rear-view mirror–and gasped out loud. It was a…..Grody Bloody Eyeball!

I said: “Libby! Have you seen this?”

“Yep,” she said.

“Why didn’t you tell me?!” I asked.

“I figured you knew. Don’t you ever look in the mirror?”

I then texted or showed 3 of my 5 BFF’s that day:

“Did you see my Grody Bloody Eyeball?” I got exactly the same response from Matthew, Kristin, and Jamie:

“Yeah.” And then, when I asked why the heck nobody filled me in:

“Sorry. I figured you knew.”

Where is the Love? The Compassion? The Sympathy?

If you ever have a Grody Bloody Eyeball, I will say this to you:

“Awwww, I had that once! Does it hurt? I’m so sorry! It looks painful.” This is good Grody Bloody Eyeball etiquette.

I googled “Grody Bloody Eyeball,” and learned about Subconjunctival Hemmorhage, caused by injury–but also by sneezing or vomiting, or eye rubbing, or high blood pressure! The conjunctiva, or outer layer of the eyeball, is WHITE. Why do no capillaries show in the white part—until one breaks? Is that how the Grody Bloody gets there? It looks like a blood vessel broke and spread out over a square inch.

Is the Grody Bloody the ‘eyeball equivalent’ of a BRUISE? If so, why can’t they just call it Eyeball Bruise?

Every day it morphs, moves. Today it’s touching my iris.

I roll my eyes to the left, hiss and snarl and pull my lips back, and make my fingers into claws, to make my children scream. Except for that, the GBE isn’t all that fun.

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14 thoughts on “The Grody Bloody Eyeball”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Be sure to take a picture!!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Well, I just took a weird close-up photo….maybe I will post it on facebook, seems like this post has been self-indulgent enough! haha. Anne, OH MY! Melissa, yes, I will take the GBE over the broken ribs and barely walking of my LAST trip to Boise!

  2. You’re going to get a reputation for Boise. Whenever you come you get injured first?! Last time ribs, this time eye. We’ll take you injury free too, just an FYI.

  3. I had this when I was pregnant. Both eyeballs, completely solid red from vomiting. It does go away. It takes time, but it does go away.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I want to see a picture! To bad it didn’t happen closer to Halloween, you could have used it to your advantage. I also watched a movie called “Food Matters” yesterday. If is a watch it now on Netflix. The whole things coincides with what your are teaching and much of it has to to with cancer. You have probably already seen it. I thought the people in that film would be willing to help with your Cancer search. Good Luck.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I wish you would come to Twin Falls again we would love to see you GBE or not LOL

  6. I had two babies that went through the birth canal so fast that they had a little bit of the red eyeball. (One came faster than we could get to the hospital and my husband caught him in our bathroom!) They got better; there’s hope for you. 🙂

  7. Anonymous says:


    You still look amazing even with the GBE! If you ever need a substitute tennis partner or someone you’d like to hit with a tennis ball, uh, I mean hit the tennis ball with 🙂 , I’m there for ya. I love tennis and am dying to find someone to play with. Anyhow, hope you heal soon.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn, looking forward to meeting you Thursday here in Boise. I am an ophthalmologist, and also happen to be Reed and Becky H.’s bro/bro-in-law. Becky has given me the heads-up on your visit, and I have since watched almost all of your videos. Anyway, subconjunctival hemorrhages are common, as evidenced by the comments above. There is a space between the conjunctiva and the sclera, or white wall of the eyeball, so blood from a broken vessel can freely travel in that space. Depending on how big the broken vessel is, or how thin the blood is, it can cover the white of the eye 360. But as Arnold says in Kindergarten Cop, “It’s not a tuu-mah.” Anyway, see you on Thursday.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Thank you, Ken! Did you know my eyesight went to 20/20 after quite a few years of eating 95%+ plants and 60-80% raw? Ditched the glasses I’d worn for many years after getting lesser prescriptions over and over. Have you ever seen that before?? Come introduce yourself, so glad to meet you!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’ve noticed my eyesight has also been improving since I’ve incorporated green smoothies in my daily regime. For years I’ve had terrible nearsightedness w/ astigmatism in one eye. My doctor was quite shocked at my last exam when he noticed my eyesight improved a few degrees in each eye since my last exam. It’s all those carotenoids in the leafy greens. Swiss chard, especially, has some very special compounds that improve the health of the eyes, even warding off macular degeneration (which runs on both sides of my family, so without the green smoothies, I’m so doomed).

  10. Anonymous says:

    I am coming to your Portland show this Saturday 🙂 What’s your take on coffee? Good vs. Bad. I know it makes your body too acidic but then I’ve also read it has antioxidents as well.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Krystal, see you soon! Coffee is not good for you to drink. The only good use for it I know is a way to dilate the liver and kidney ducts for detoxification, administered medicinally, rectally, in the form of an enema, because of the massive natural caffeine content.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I was the rather large, inevitably obnoxious pregnant gal who unknowingly volunteered myself to chew all those greens. I LOVED your presentation and it gave me a much needed “boost” to take my family nutrition to the next level. And, I got to see you up close on stage and that eye isn’t super noticeable. If I can be so bold as to say it (and I am), I think you look smoking! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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