A few of my readers have asked me about the status of My Left Eye and I realized that I haven't updated since March. I would have expected my eye to stop flashing by now because according to the opthamologist it should have been gone a long time ago. Yet, it still flashes sometimes. Not all the time and sometimes it's subtle, but it still happens.
I realize that after this period of time, that perhaps I need to speak with my doctor again. Somehow I have a feeling that it shouldn't still be happening. Clearly my eye is not detached (after thorough investigation) but perhaps it is something else. I only wish I knew.
For the time being, I will think about scheduling an appointment. I don't want to waste my time again only for some specialist to say it will go away on its own.
On an unrelated note, it's very likely that I will be moving to Japan!
I apologize for the late notice however I will not be able to post this Friday's edition of Shadow Vault. For those of you following me on Twitter, you already know why but let me elaborate.
I was about to take a shower on the last morning of my vacation when I reach in to my bag for a loufa and I withdraw my hand quickly. I instantly feel unimaginable pain. Blood gushes out from my finger tip and I run to the sink. I immediately went to clean the wound, and run water over my finger - I regretted it. I desperately tried multiple times but the pain was unbearable. I was crying and coughing, eventually hacked so hard that I vomited a little. My mother called the front desk and they sent some people with first aid. They wrapped it up best they could and sent me to the hospital to get stitches.
Without going into too much detail, the doctor took a look at it and told me there wasn't enough skin to suture. The nurse gave me a tetanus shot, wrapped my finger up in gauze and warned me it would still bleed through. Out of a pain scale of ten (both knees broken), the pain fluctuated from a six to an eight. I've had my tricep tendon snap once and that was nearly blackout painful - well so was this. I definitely saw spots.
Now I'm waiting for it to heal - maybe 10 days or longer. It hurts too much to type with both hands and I decided to wait until I can have full use of my hand.
I hope you understand my predicament. I will post SV XIII as soon as possible!
(By the way, the object that cut a chunk off my finger was my razor. I threw the blasphemous object away.)
Edit: Shadow Vault will be returning August 2, 2013.
Over a month ago (and probably a bit longer than that), I woke up in the middle of the night from the loud sound of a thud. I reached over and felt my night table to see what fell. It was my phone. I didn't want to find it later so I looked over the side of my bed and saw it on the floor. Immediately I bent over to pick it up and somehow in my slightly awake state, after scooping it up in my hands, I raised my head to hit the steel arm of a treadmill.
It's a sturdy treadmill.
My whole vision went black and I doubled over. Then I saw stars and tried to sit back in bed. I started crying audibly, the pain was tremendous. It was the worst head pain I've ever experienced. I tried to calm down and wish the pain away but it was terrible.
Then I did what I probably shouldn't have done and went to sleep.
Lucky for me I woke up. Then I realized there was something wrong with my vision. In my left eye there was a large, flashing square. I tried to blink it away but it continued. I rubbed my eyes, I shook my head, I blinked again but nothing would make it leave. It was horribly distracting. It made it difficult to even look at a monitor and unfortunately I spend most of the day doing that.
Eventually it got smaller and smaller until I had believed it went away. Then one day, something came back. In my left eye, in just the periphery there was a spot of constant flashing. As if the scene was being replaced over and over.
I was forced to finally call my doctor. I sent up an appointment immediately and visited her. She took a look but realized she couldn't see the problem. So she sent me to an optometrist to dilate my pupil and get a closer look. I made the appointment for the same day. The optometrist did a number of tests to try and get a clear idea of what was happening. Then he sat down with me and admitted that he needed a second opinion. So he's sending me to an opthamologist.
I do have some good news, I think. The optometrist said he didn't see any retinal tearing or detachment. So that's something. However, he was uncertain because I was experiencing persistent, pervasive symptoms. He did suggest as an alternative that it might be that my vitreous (liquid-y, gel-like substance covering eye) was pulling slightly at my eye. It's kind of like when you rub your eyelids and you see spots of light (phosphene).
Of course I'm a little freaked out. It's the whole reason I avoided talking to a doctor for a long time. I know that's the opposite of what you're "supposed to do" but I don't want to be an alarmist. Trust me when I say that I'm anxious enough for 1000 people (or maybe more). Luckily I do apply occam's razor, so I can use logic to reason with myself. Usually whatever symptoms I experience can be rationally explained but this was one of those times I was better off seeing a doctor.
I think there's a lesson in that somewhere. Visit your doctor if symptoms persist (I sound like a pharmaceutical ad on television). Or maybe it's more along the lines like, never take anything for granted. I truly didn't realize how important my vision was to me until I had this strange periphery flashing. I already wear glasses (gasp) and I guess I didn't appreciate how easily our bodies can change and leave us unprepared. I find everyday I'm more and more grateful for everything I'm able to experience with my relatively healthy body.
Edit: I saw the opthamologist and he said my eye looked healthy. Apparently it really should go away on its own. That's probably not something a doctor should say to someone like me since I avoid visiting a doctor . . .but. . . my eye is "okay". That's good news. The only bad news is that my eye still flashes. I hope it goes away soon. Seriously? There was nothing they could do? Oy!
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