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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  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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Eye See

Every morning when I wake up, I’m temporarily half-blind in one eye for around a minute until it clears. It’s not painful, just annoying and tricky when I’m already slightly unbalanced on my feet when I first get out of bed. This has been going on for a while now and I’m starting to get worried.

I’ve avoided asking for advice about this as I don’t think I want to know, if that makes sense. Is it another symptom of MS or something completely unrelated? Unlike a lot of people with MS, I have never had optic neuritis or other eye problems and have always prided myself on having near-perfect sight.

I also don’t want to look like a hypochondriac and unfortunately MS can make us feel that way. There are just so many endless symptoms and odd things that can happen. I don’t think I have ever analysed my health in quite so much detail before. I bore my friends and I bore myself and it makes me feel old before my time.

To be honest, since the Alemtuzumab treatment, I have been lucky not to have had another relapse, so all the health problems I have at the moment are minor. The big problem happens when I have several of them on one day. Unsteady balance is fine on its own, but throw in fatigue, twitching and a numb arm and it can be pretty grim.

Anyway, enough of the boring stuff. I am off on a work field-trip tomorrow,so a nice easy day for me. We’re driving 40 miles out to a site where the boss might be contracted to do a lot of the building work with a team of labourers. Obviously if he gets the job, I won’t be commuting there every day, so I will be nice and warm at home, sourcing materials online and perhaps popping down once a week to check everything is running to schedule.

I’ve also got my monthly Alemtuzumab blood test this week, so maybe I will bring up my wonky eye. And pray they don’t think I’m just another hypochondriac….

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