Aerden (aerden) wrote,

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The 4am Owies

Medical Transcription Word of the Day: phacolytic uveitis - inflammation of the eye that occurs secondary to leakage of lens proteins into the rest of the eye. The body has an immunologic reaction to the presence of the lens proteins, and this is what causes the inflammation. The most frequent cause of this is a hypermature cataract.

So there I was in bed this morning, noticing that I felt a strange pain at the outer corner of my right eye. I couldn't tell if it was a blood vessel or a nerve that hurt, , but it didn't feel too good. I was too lazy to get up and take an aspirin, so I rolled over to go back to sleep.

Wrong move. The pain suddenly went from the outer side of my eye, into the eye, giving it a dull ache. This morning, I asked Mark if that eye looked unusual, and he said it was bloodshot. I went to work, told my co-workers what was going on, and scheduled an appointment to see my eye doctor.

I wasn't sure what was wrong with me. After going to Web MD and reading up on pinkeye, I decided that wasn't what I had; the eye wasn't itchy or burning. For a moment, I thought I might have temporal arteritis, but those symptoms didn't match, either. So I headed on in to see the doctor.

The upshot of it is, I'm to return Wednesday morning so the surgeon who removed my left cataract can assess the situation. If he thinks the lens is the problem, it seems I'll be scheduled for surgery fairly quickly. Since I can't see out of the right eye, we never felt the need to remove the right cataract, but I guess now is the time.

At the moment, Pred-Forte eyedrops are my One True Love. (g) When I gave myself a dose at 4pm, I would have happily upended the entire bottle into my eye, they felt so good. In the meantime, I'll be the Visine poster child.

Nothing much else is going on. I might write tonight, or I might go to bed early. I hope to at least finish my Project post for Kelli.

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