Today’s post is nothing school related at all.
Because last weekend, after I blogged on Saturday to be exact . . . I started seeing black floaters in my right eye.
Just to clear up any confusion, I want you to know that these are not your “typical” floaters. Because, a couple of times, when I’ve said I have floaters, a few people have said oh, I get floaters, too. And I know. I know people get floaters. I know it’s common. I get the occasional floaters, too. I do.
But you guys.
These are not occasional. They are not typical. These are not ho-hum oh, I get floaters, too.
These floaters make you say holy cow, am I going to go blind, is this an emergency, I need to see my eye doctor, what is going on?
These floaters are HUGE. And constant. They are NOT going away. It’s all day, every day, in and out, up and down, around and around, a black spot here, a smudge there, two stars, a stripe, a swoosh, and one that looks like a sperm.
Yes. That’s right. One of these floaters has a round head and a tail.
I am not kidding.
Isn’t that so fun?
These floaters might as well be LIVING CREATURES in my eye. I might as well be starring in the latest Horror Film. Someone pay me to scream, please.
Last October, after seeing the eye doctor for the gray floaters, I was told I had a viscous tear, meaning the fluid in my eye was super thick (due to how near sighted I am) and broke off, which created the floaters. He said there wasn’t anything I could really do, and that hopefully, the floaters would go away. WELL, THEY DID. Hallelujah and praise the Lord. I was so so so grateful and thankful!! I’ve thanked God every day since then for protecting my vision.
And then BAM.
Saturday, out of the blue, after doing nothing special (my eye doctor told me I should be cautious about roller coasters, high speed boats, etc), after doing absolutely nothing, as in I WAS DRINKING COFFEE SITTING DOWN (hardly Space Mountain) I started seeing these gigantic black floaters in my right eye. And you guys . . . the gray ones were NOTHING compared to these.
These are ridiculous.
To say they make me feel a little depressed or grumpy is sort of an understatement.
They also scare me!
I mean, hello?! This is my vision!!
So I had to take half a day off on Tuesday (the 7th day of school!!!) to go see my eye doctor again. Him and me? THICK AS THIEVES.
He dilated my eyes and also took 3D images.
And guess what?
He saw HUGE BLACK FLOATERS IN MY RIGHT EYE.
He showed me the pictures and he said Look at this one! It has a round head and a tail!
Uh huh. Yep.
Well. I have no tear or hole in my retina, so thank God for that. That was my real worry. And then my eye doctor had his colleague come in to take a look for a second opinion and she agreed that I have no tear or hole in my retina.
And do you know what she said to me?
She said I’m really near sighted too, and sometimes I get floaters.
As if she was saying Oh, I like chips and salsa, too.
So, in other words, your salsa tastes like fire and burns your mouth ALL THE LIVELONG DAY FOR DAYS ON END WITH NO RELIEF WHATSOEVER AND THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT? Is that what you mean?
I was in disbelief and super happy that MY eye doctor is MY eye doctor and that she isn’t my eye doctor. FOR REAL. Not to mention, he was super quick to say but Dr. So and So, look at these images. These are not your typical floaters.
And she back-tracked.
Thank you and good-bye.
NOW, I have to go see an ophthalmologist (I have an appointment in mid-September). My eye doctor is concerned and thinks maybe I could take some preventative measures in the way of a laser or something that sort of puts a protective barrier around the retina. I don’t know. It sounded very high tech and also a little like should we have done this LAST OCTOBER?!
But it’s not his fault.
It’s not anyone’s fault.
I mean, I am asking the Lord what in the world is going on, and what does He want me to learn, and I may have had a ten minute pity party for myself the other day, but right now I’m choosing to be happy that my vision has not been compromised.
And what I mean by that is that while I still cannot see two inches in front of my face without glasses or contacts, these floaters have not made my vision any worse. I still cannot see two inches in front of my face without glasses or contacts, but I can see. I CAN SEE!
And these floaters do not hurt. So I am thankful for that, as well.
I’m choosing to be grateful that I do not have floaters in both eyes. I’m choosing to be grateful that it is not cancer. That it is not a tear, a hole, or a retina detachment. I’m choosing to be grateful, period.
But they are just SUCH A NUISANCE. I can’t even tell you.
So. Here I am again. If it’s not my teeth, it’s my heart. If it’s not my heart, it’s a kidney stone. If it’s not a kidney stone, it’s Mexico coming home with me in the way of a violent stomach bug. If it’s not a stomach bug, it’s a clogged ear which has to be professionally drained. If it’s not a clogged ear, it’s a mammogram which needs an ultrasound.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
STAND NEXT TO ME. I’ll get the illness. I’ll get the ailment. I’ll get the asteroids in my eye. You can just go on your merry little way. Go on. Skip to my Lou.
And I know you all were just praying for me because I was having so much back to school anxiety, and you all were so sweet and so supportive. And I know you must be tired of me. I AM TIRED OF ME.
But, if you have a moment, I would so appreciate your prayers for these floaters to go away, and for a really good ophthalmologist who can do something preventative for the future, and for no tears or holes or detachments whatsoever at all.
I believe in the power of prayer.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
PS My eye doctor said that two things can possibly happen with the floaters. 1) Gravity pulls them down so over time, they will be out of my sight. 2) My brain can overcome them, and learn NOT to see them. I’ll take BOTH options! 🙂
PS The floaters are worse when I’m on the computer, but I HAD to blog. It IS Saturday, after all. 🙂 🙂 🙂