My poor husband! First of all . . he’s losing our July “not buy” commitment big time! He bought a new computer today. I had to about get angry to keep him from buying some huge flat screen LCD TV for me to have in the basement. I have a little old TV . . one of those they say isn’t going to work after February . . like I care. I wish they’d all stop working. I did not want a new TV. Finally convinced him that I really, really did not want a new TV. Anyway . . he bought himself a new laptop (NO! It did NOT come from Office Depot!)
This little escapade started yesterday. I’ve been having trouble with my right eye. I think part of it is I don’t get enough sleep and I stay on the computer too much. But .. I have a left eye and a right eye and the left eye never bothers me. The right eye stays red much of the time and it kinda feels tired. But yesterday, I happened to look at myself in the mirror in the middle of the day and the right pupil was huge . . and the left one wasn’t. What do you do when you need medical information? Go to the internet. Yep . . dilated pupil could be a symptom of a brain tumor. My imagination runs wild! I remembered that I had a headache a few months ago. Maybe I was dizzy one day. I can’t remember squat! Oh, no .. what will I do with all my fabric? Will Chad finish college without me around to hound him? But first, let me find an ophthalmologist who can look at my eye. That’s a good place to start. He can refer me to get an MRI and we’ll just go from there.
I found a list of ophthalmologists in Joplin and called to find one who could see me tomorrow (which was today). But, I had to have a “driver” because they would dilate my eyes. Hmmm . . I have nobody here that I would ask to drive me to Joplin. Vince was happy to take a vacation day to help me out.
We got to the eye doctor. There were two older men in the waiting room. Vince had a wood carving magazine and one of the old guys noticed that before Vince ever sat down so he got up and moved over to sit by Vince. Vince isn’t “Mr. Personality” and I could see he was wanting to get away from the guy. The man was a wood carver too and he wanted to chat. Vince isn’t much of a chatter but he muddled through for a few minutes. The man’s wife came out and they left.
The other guy gets up and walks over to show us something in a magazine. I could see that Vince was wanting to say “think I care??” Then the guy said “Know any jokes?” Oh, no! Vince is not going to do well with this. Nope, don’t know any jokes. So, without us asking, the man decides to share a few jokes with us. Then the guy said “Do you drink alcohol?” Me – “No, not much.” Vince – “Some but not much.” Then the guy said “Mind if I sing you a song I made up?” This is really getting to be too much. He starts singing! Right there in the waiting room. Thankfully, they called my name and I got out of there.
I went back to get all the testing done and in a few minutes, here comes Vince. He wants to keep me company! Yeah, right! He wanted to get away from the goofball in the waiting room. The doctor comes in. He cannot figure out what’s wrong with my eye. He and Vince are guessing . . Which side do you sleep on? Do you sleep with the ceiling fan on?
About a year ago we bought new mattresses and at the same time, I bought two of those memory foam pillows. I bought them from the furniture store and they were expensive. Vince is a tightwad and he’s been mad about those pillows ever since. He won’t even use his . . doesn’t like it . . never once tried it. I dearly love mine. I take it everywhere I go! Paducah, St. Louis, Louisiana . . I always bring that pillow!
So Vince said to the doctor “Could it be the memory foam pillow she’s using? Foam is made with isocyanate. Could that be causing an allergic reaction?” The doctor says “Yes, maybe that’s it!”
What the heck? Why is he dragging my pillow into this? I told Vince “STOP! I’m paying him for his opinion . . not you for yours!” 🙂 The doctor laughed and they continued discussing between the two of them what might be causing my pain in the butt red eye.
So, tonight, I will sleep without my memory foam pillow and I will not be happy about it!
By the way, the pupil was fine today. The doctor thinks it was just something (hair spray, Windex, perfume .. something I was using yesterday) that got in my eye. It dilated just fine and performed perfectly today. He’s sure it’s some kind of allergy . . probably isocyanate . . whatever that is! Sounds like a conspiracy against my beloved pillow if you ask me! I’d still like to know why my right eye is allergic and my left eye isn’t!