Friday, September 16, 2011

the eye saga continues...

First of all thanks for all your thoughts and prayers and comments over here and on twitter.  You all sure know how to make someone feel better.  This whole process has not been fun, but seeing such sweet comments definitely make me feel better.  I know some of you are probably tired of reading about this darn ol' eye of mine, but I wanted to blog about it again because so many have sent such nice texts and tweets today asking me how I'm doing.  This was an easy way to share what's going on.

I had my appointment this morning, and to my surprise I do not have a retinal tear.  I suppose that's a good thing.  The bad news is that I have something called uveitis. While I do believe that uveitis is easily treated, what's not good is that it is often associated with about a hundred-and-one different diseases and sicknesses. The doctor doesn't think I have anything else wrong with me since I seem to be in good health with zero other symptoms, but of course I am still wondering...maybe there is a bigger issue.

For the next 6 weeks I have steroid drops to put in my eyes (every 2 hours this first week...he is serious about these drops!). Hopefully this will fix the uveitis.  If I go back in 6 weeks and it hasn't cleared up, then chances are, there is a bigger issue that needs to be fixed and I guess we'll worry about that then.


Right now I'm feeling a little let down, mainly because I was looking for a clear answer and diagnosis today.  I know that I got a diagnosis for the eye, but now the question is just what's causing it? Am I fluke person who just developed this on my own? Or is there something else I need to have checked out? If you know anything about uveitis, please feel free to share in the comments or in an email to me. I'd never heard of it before today, and webMD is somewhat helpful, but I'd love to hear a real story. 

Oh, and on a funny note...if you ever want to feel really good about yourself, visit a retina specialist!  In the waiting room, I was EASILY the only person under 70. I was also one of about 3 patients who wasn't using a walker, cane, or wheelchair.  Once I finally sit down with the doctor, he expresses how odd this uveitis is in me because I seem to be very healthy and I'm so "slim."  Apparently it's more common in those who are obese.  It's always nice to be reminded of my youth and hear that I'm "slim!" That was my one positive from the whole experience!

10 comments:

  1. You ARE slim! I'm so sorry that you didn't get the answers that you were looking for today! Hopefully those drops will just clear up the issue all together! HUGS!

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  2. Good news its not a tear. Believing its a fluke because you are pretty healthy otherwise. Thank you for updating. I've been seeing your tweets just didn't respond.

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  3. I meant to tweet you this morning and even wrote myself a sticky note. Unfortunately my class decided to get the best of me and that didn't happen. So glad for good news so far! Keeping you in my prayers :)

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  4. I have been thinking about you! I am glad that you have at least some sort of "treatment" and I am praying that there is no bigger issue. And hooray for being young and slim. Ha! I'll be praying for you and thinking of you!

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  5. I'll be praying it's just a "fluke" :-) and you totally ARE slim!

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  6. Hang in there! I dealt with my eye issue for about 3 months. It's 95% healed now. I had to use the same drops too--every 2 hours for a week, then tapering each week. It's a pain, but they do the trick! It just takes time!!

    Glad to hear you are not going to go blind. :-)

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  7. Sorry you didn't get the good answers you were hoping for... praying that the drops fix the problem and that it all is resolved SOON!

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  8. I have totally had to use that same exact med in my eye every two hours for a few days then it tapers off. Basically a steriod for your eye. I have a feeling this is going to work for you! Praying for you!

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  9. Oh no feel better!

    I hear you about the retinal specialists. I work for a pharma company and one of our clients is always wanting retinal specialists focus groups. They are hard to track down...must be all the old people!

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  10. Wow, well at least you got some good news and you don't have the detachment. Hopefully when you go back in a few weeks it'll all be cleared up!

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