Today, thank goodness, Vince was off. I worked in the garden for a while this morning, then . . you guessed it . . he needed to go to town. I had to take a shower before we went and when I got in the shower, with shiny (or they’re supposed to be shiny) white walls, I kept seeing something out of the corner of my right eye. It looked like a bug on the shower wall. When I would turn my head to get a closer look . . it was gone. I didn’t think much about it but it looked like a piece of black fuzz in my vision.
We went to town, made a few stops, he talked me into eating Chinese, noticed a nail in the back tire (always something, huh?), went by the tire shop, our dentist was in there and I like her a lot (she makes her own yogurt and cans!) so we had a good chat, got the tire fixed and we came home. I was going to take a nap! While in the bathroom, with the shiny white walls of the shower, I again noticed the fuzz but this time there was much more. About half of my vision in the right eye was completely covered by these wiggly spider web looking things and it was making me dizzy and feeling sick.
I took the iPad to bed with me and googled “spider webs in vision” and the first thing I found said “Call your doctor immediately!” I got out bed, called the doctor. It was about 1:40 p.m. Told the lady on the phone that I was seeing black spider webs in my right eye. She said “How quickly can you get here?” By now, I was getting concerned. We were at the eye doctor for almost three hours – all kinds of tests and I have Posterior Vitreous Detachment and Floaters. I did have a hemorrhage, and 70% of folks who have the vitreous detachment, along with a hemorrhage, end up with a torn or detached retina, so the odds are that I’m going to have to have surgery to work on this little issue.
We have a wonderful eye doctor here and I’m so glad we switched to him last year. He is a Clemson graduate (and so is Vince so they hit it off right away) and he was an engineer before he was an eye doctor. He was able to take an ultrasound of my eyes. He does not do surgery . . I would have to go to Abilene for that. Our doctor gave me his cell phone number and told me to call him if I have any problems over the weekend and he will get me in touch with the surgeon in Abilene . . day or night. If I have no further problems, he will repeat all the scans in 2 weeks and see if anything has changed and whether I need to go ahead and have surgery.
The posterior vitreous detachment issue seems to come along with age . . not really anything I did to cause it but having a vision problem of this magnitude definitely scared me half to death.
You know what I kept thinking while going through all the tests? I have a whole lot of yarn to knit and I wonder if I can knit if I’m blind in one eye! There’s a slim to almost no change of losing vision completely, though right now, I can’t see a lot out of my right eye . . it will clear up .
And the worst part of all of . . I never got my nap!