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The verdict?

So the eye doctor told me she’s not exactly sure what was going on with my eye in San Diego, since she didn’t actually see it all red and inflamed.  But that she is convinced the underlying problem is Dry Eye.  That it was irritated before I left and the plane ride, change in climate, windy days, etc further aggrivated it.  The steroid eye drops helped with the redness and inflamation, but that my vision was still a mess because my cornea has yet to heal from the trauma.

She told me to take 2 different OTC eye drops (artificial tears basically) and prescribed me a full steroid eye drop to use.  I have to use the first OTC and steroid drops 4 times a day and the second (thicker and gooier) drop immediately before bed.  The good news being, she believes my vision will be completely back to normal within 2 weeks or less.  I have to go back in 2 weeks to have things checked out and to find out the result of some test they did that basically measures the level of dryness so they can determine what treatment I’ll need.  I’m hoping for just the eye drops because those plugs look awful.

I’ve been working from home the past 2 days because I’m a little scared to drive right now.  I’m not totally blind in one eye or anything, but it certainly does screw up my depth perception.

In the category of not-so-good news, I took the NuvaRing out last Saturday night for my week off time….when I’m supposed to get my period.  It’s now Thursday and I still haven’t started yet.  I know it’s my first month on it, so hard to predict the schedule, but when I was on pills regularly, I took the last one Saturday nights and, by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest, I’d have started. 

I have had a headache the past 2 days, but don’t know if that’s really PMS related or not.  Traditionally it’s always started off with cramps for me.  So yeah, I’m kind of freaking out now.

More eye woes

The eye pain and puffiness is gone, as is most of the sensitivity to light.  My vision, however, is still horribly bad in my left eye.  So I’ve got an appointment with a new opthamalogist (sp?) tomorrow morning.  I don’t know why, but I keep having these horrible ideas of her having to cut my eye open or something.  Ewww.

I’m really worried that this might be permanent.  That my vision in that eye isn’t going to return to “normal.”  I have glasses that I wear for distance, but I typically only wear them at night when driving or when sitting in my (nosebleed) hockey seats.  The prescription is pretty weak actually.  I had to put them on to be able to see well enough out of my left eye today to drive home from work.  And putting my glasses on actually caused a sharp flash of pain in that eye.

Something definitely not right.  Hopefully this lady can tell me more than the genius in California who told me my eye was “irritated” when it was all red and puffy.

Dr H is flying back to San Diego tomorrow for part 2 of his training.  I feel like I haven’t gotten to talk to him as much lately, between vacation and him being out of town and work and all.  That’s probably a good thing though because now I’m thinking I miss him.  And who wants to do that?!   I think he has finally stopped trying to analyze everything atleast.  Last week, he was convinced that my true “feelings” come out when I’m drinking.  I say no, I’m just a lush.

But I did have a great time with him in San Diego.  No denying that.  I really think the circumstances of seeing him there vs the first meeting in Dallas were so much more relaxed, which made it more enjoyable.  And anyway, his comment earlier tonight pretty much summed things up:  The only hope of us (maybe) ever becoming something more than friends would be if we lived in the same city.  And even then it wouldn’t be guaranteed.  So we’re still friends and grateful for that.  

Santa Monica Pier and Hwy 1

Sunday morning we had to be out of the hotel by 11am.  So we loaded back up into Dilbert’s truck and headed north again, back into LA.  He drove us through Rodeo Drive so I could atleast say I’d seen that.  And then we drove through the Brentwood area.  Sooo bummed I didn’t know Marilyn’s address off the top of my head.  If I’d known we were going back into that area, I would have made it a point to find out so I could see that, too.  Oh well.

Then we headed to Santa Monica pier.  I was thinking wooden thing over water.  No thanks.  Instead, it was a big huge thing, only partially over water, with games and rides and vendors and restaurants and stuff.  Pretty cool.  We spent most of the afternoon there, wandering around, taking pictures, letting the kids play some games, and ate lunch next to a little stage area where there was a really good blues band performing.  Dilbert and I liked that.  I could’ve sat and listened to that all day long.

Then we piled back into the truck and headed towards San Diego.  We took the scenic route that was pretty much ocean-view the entire way.  Soooo pretty.  At one point, there was an easy access area to pull off, so we pulled over so I could take some pics.

Not far past that, we saw the most gorgeous golf course ever.  I don’t even play, but I’d be tempted to learn with a view like that.  As we got further down the highway, we found out it was a Trump golf course.  Dilbert looked it up online when we got home that night and said it was like $140 for the twilight (cheapest!) times.  Um.  Yeah.  Don’t think any of us will be playing there.

We got back to Escondido around 10pm.  My eye was killing me by then, so I crashed pretty early.

Monday morning, I woke up with my eye barely even able to open it was so swollen.  And RED!  I flushed it out as much as I could but could barely see out of it.  Everything was blurry.  I talked to my mom the nurse and she said warm compresses and to get my ass to a doctor.

After a hot shower, it felt a little better and was not as swollen but still awful and red.  So when my sis-in-law got home, I got her to bring me to a doctor to get it looked at.  After waiting about an hour, he looked at my eye and said he could tell it was irritated (DUH!).  Put some weird dye stuff in it and looked at it under a blacklight.  But said he couldn’t see anything in there.  Just that it was scratchy.  He ended up giving me a prescription for some eye drops to help with and/or prevent infection that I’m supposed to use for the next 2 days and if it’s not better by the time I get back to Dallas Wednesday night, to go see someone there.

Here’s hoping it helps.