Eye Don’t Believe It…

The dodgy eye saga continues. Yesterday I went to the eye specialist at the hospital after being referred by the neurologist. So far so good. I settled down with a newspaper and waited. And waited. And waited. No mobile phone reception either, grrr.

Then a nurse called me in and squirted my eyes with stinging liquid to dilate my pupils. I joked that a glass of wine would have done the trick just as well, but the sun wasn’t yet over the yardarm. She popped me back to the waiting room with the warning that my vision would be blurry for up to six hours.

After the receptionist had left for lunch, I was still waiting. I picked up my book but couldn’t read it, so played solitaire on the phone for the next hour, squinting at the screen through one eye. Finally, I was called in and my eyes were Β squirted again and I was weeping yellow tears. Ewww.

Lots of eyeball to eyeball contact with the doctor, then he went off to consult with someone else. By this time, I’m quite worried. I had seen that he’d drawn two eyeballs on his notes with lots of squiggly lines on one of them. When he came back, he told me the good news was that I didn’t have optic neuritis. Phew. But. Oh, a ‘but’.

He had detected that the retina in one eye had a weakness. He wants to see me again in two weeks and if the weakness is still there, he’ll recommend laser eye surgery. Visions of that scene in ‘Clockwork Orange’ sprang to mind. I clutched my appointment forms and left, telling my mum the news. ‘Oh, they’ll clamp your eye open and inject it before zapping you’, she said. Thanks mum.

Anyway, in my new spirit of positive thinking, I am so, so relieved it’s not optic neuritis or even MS-related and incredibly grateful they’ve picked up on a potential future problem which can be fixed sooner rather than later. How lucky am I? Plus, I’ve just found a whole bag of Bombay Mix in the cupboard. Simple things, eh?

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17 thoughts on “Eye Don’t Believe It…

  1. Scot says:

    Hey that’s really good news not that you might need surgery of course but that it’s not MS related !!! And I love your positive way of thinking it’s real refreshing , because being a positive MSer can be kind of an oxymoron as we all know, but in my opinion being a positive thinker almost has to be mandatory even though it can be 1 of our biggest challenges !!! X<3 πŸ™‚

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi Scot!
      Thank you, it feels pretty good to stay positive rather than thinking worst case scenario all the time. I looked at the NHS and Bupa websites and it seems to be what they do to prevent a future detached retina, so I’m over the moon if that’s been detected early.
      I could get used to all this positive thinking!

  2. Anita says:

    I had the laser treatment to both eyes. It’s very quick and like you it was to prevent problems in the future so I’m very grateful. X

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi Anita,
      That’s so great to hear! I’ve never even heard of this problem before. You learn something new every day!

  3. Scot says:

    Ok ,can somebody PLEASE ,tell me what the hec is ” bombay mix” , am I missing out on something here ??? I’ve never heard of it … <3 πŸ™‚

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Aw bless you!
      I’ve just fished the bag out the bin (trash, lol). Ok, it says ‘A blend of noodles, nuts and fruits with a spicy coating’. Sounds disgusting, I know. It’s all dried and crunchy. You put it in a bowl and eat with your fingers. Sounds even more disgusting!!! Hard to explain. Help!!

  4. Scot says:

    Ok …. I agree sound kinda disgusting , actually it sounds down right GROSS !!!! <3 πŸ™‚

  5. Oh, dear. I forgot we were trying the “focusing on the positive.” I’ve just done an entire “focusing on the absolute worst-case scenario” with drawings!). Anyway, very glad it’s not optic neuritis, and that you found Bombay Mix. My husband, a fan of the show Keeping Up Appearances, desperately wants me to make him a Bacon Butty (sp?). Now THAT sounds gross.

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi CrankyPants!
      A bacon butty is divine – heaven on a plate. Must make sure you get a crusty roll or lovely thick, crusty bread. Slather with real butter (bread very nice toasted too). Bacon must be crispy but not burnt and you have to add tomato ketchup. When you eat it, it’s essential all the juices come squirting out. Srummy.
      An alternative is a chip butty – same as above but with a whole stack of chips (fries) instead of bacon!
      p.s.Downton Abbey offers more dignified British eating, lol.
      p.p.s. planning to take the Teenager to New York next year (I used to live there!) and he wants to try Twinkies, Mountain Dew,Tootsie rolls and beef jerky, bless him.

  6. Scot says:

    Now were talking about serious food ( twinkies , tootsie rolls, mountain dew , &beef jerky) throw in a slim jim & some andu cap hot fries and all the world will be good !!! πŸ˜€

    • stumbling in flats says:

      He is a boy obsessed with America right now, honestly. All he can talk about is the food he’ll eat, not the sights we’ll visit!! He wants pancakes for breakfast, a huge steak and one of the biggest cokes you can get from McDonalds. Plus a Taco Bell and a Wendy’s. Guess what we’ll be doing in New York then!

  7. Scot says:

    Sounds like you’ll be doing what’s best to do in New York City … EAT ,EAT , & THEN EAT SOME MORE !!!! LMAO !! <3 πŸ˜€

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Definitely! I can’t wait. As long as I can sort out decent travel insurance, I’ll feel a bit safer. Might bring my builder friend along too – would make for some great blog posts!

  8. Scot says:

    Yeah that would be great blogs , I love new york city , it’s been a few months since i’ve been there but it a great city to visit , and lots to do , ur son will have a blast !!! <3 πŸ™‚

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