Eye Eye or Aye Aye

In the midst of the anxiety leading up to closing on our new home, I had an eye emergency. On Tuesday I went to Urgent Care as a result of some double and blurry vision. They sent me to the emergency room. I don’t live in the city so I didn’t go to one of the brand name hospitals, I went to the local hospital. After the standard wait to be seen, I was basically told they couldn’t do anything for me because they don’t have eye equipment. What they did do was test eye pressure and check for eye injuries. Neither of these were particularly pleasant “exams.” They suggested I go to the eye emergency room. I was like “WHAT?” So on Wednesday afternoon I left work early and went to the eye emergency room, it’s a legit thing! Of course, because they only do eye stuff, the wait was minimal. The staff were AMAZING! I really liked the people and they looked at all of the options.

In the end, I was diagnosed with retinal hemorrhage due to some mysterious bleeding in my right eye. There are no “normal” issues that cause this. I don’t have the medical conditions that typically cause this. I have had no eye trauma. So next week I’ll have a several hours long testing session to hopefully find the cause of the bleed. The second part of this situation is that my right eye is also not looking forward as it should. I have a weird thing where my eye is turning out. They said I likely had it as a child and that it often comes back as an older adult. I’m not an “older” adult am I?! So, I have to see another specialist in August for more testings and to work on that. I’ll likely get new glasses with prisms so that my eyes are directed forward again. Oh, the joy!

Thank goodness for insurance is all that I can say. All of this would be so much worse if I didn’t have helpful insurance. My 2 ER visits were a total of $70 and my office visits for the testings will be $15. For $100 I can figure out why my eyes aren’t following directions any longer.

I secretly wanted to get an eye patch and be all piratey “aye aye” mateys!

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10 thoughts on “Eye Eye or Aye Aye

  1. Jeez that sounds scary, hopefully the testing can find out what’s going wrong so you can fix it. That’s awesome about your insurance, the last thing you need when something is going on is the stress of bills on top of it. Better luck next time being a pirate! How much did the pirate pay for earnings? A buccaneer!

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  2. CJ

    J wears an eye patch when her autoimmune disease flares. She has: Uveitis. This is an autoimmune disorder that directly affects the pigmented cells of the iris in the eye, and sometimes the middle layers of the eye as well. It causes inflammation, which can lead to blurred vision, “floaters,” and redness of the eye. Uveitis can occur alone, or may be a symptom of another autoimmune disorder. So rock it out girlfriend!

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  3. Yikes! Eye stuff freaks me out. I’m so glad you were able to be seen by specialists. That makes such a difference. I had to wear an eye patch as a kid–I wish I’d thought they were cool back then! Now I’d be all over the pirate jokes!

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    1. We are so different as kids, I never would have wanted a patch. For now I’m wearing sunglasses to help with light sensitivity and just waiting it out. I don’t want to go blind!

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