Thursday, November 17, 2011

Honey, what does that road sign say?!

The year we were pregnant with TroubleMaker, we took a two week camping vacation. We travelled in our motor home through the Crow's Nest Pass and into British Columbia. We had a fabulous time - even if I got motion sick four wheeling over the back country to abandoned mine sites.

A few weeks before our vacation, I went and saw my eye doctor because I was seeing flashing lights. He told me to watch for curtaining and sent me on my way.

Well, a week or so into our vacation, after having a super nice hot shower (reason number 74 on why we don't tent camp anymore), I notices that my glasses were dirty... I cleaned them and one eye was still dirty.

A day or two later, my husband asked me to read the street sign and I had to tell him I stopped seeing out of one eye two days before.

Long story short, my retina detached 3/4 of the way around my eye. A couple of trips to a retinal specialist, incredible pain, dental picks in the eye and voila! Reattached retina! A few weeks later, eye sight back to normal.

Fast forward four years and on my way home, I saw flashing lights. Then a web of black and now, well, I think it's teetering on the edge of something. It's fuzzy (like my glasses have smudges) and my eye kind of hurts. There are rainbow flashes of light and the black spiderwebs have subsided, mostly.

Most people would panic - until I can't see again, I think I'm ok... I guess it's just been one of those weeks!

*update - since I can still see, albeit very clouded this morning - I think I have an iritis - something I've suffered from since I was 19. Most commonly seen in people with rheumatoid arthritis, but I thought I'd be "immune" because of the methotrexate! Guess not!

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