So, this head doctor, an insurance guy and TJ walk into a bar…
(I’ll let you figure out the rest of that one!)
Seriously, had an appt with the neuro ophthalmologist today. Waited 4 months for this appt.
It was the same song but a different verse. I have to say I was very impressed with his patience, his thoughtfulness, his questions and his willingness to take time sorting things out and answering my questions.
I wasn’t impressed with his answers. Let me explain:
- He said that all of the important components - optic nerve, retina, cornea, all look relatively good and if they were the cause of my blurry vision, my blurry vision would always be blurry. It’s not, it’s only blurry sometimes.
- We talked for a long time about my headaches and my vision and which one causes the other or does one even cause the other or do they just happen at the same time?
The good news is, it’s not something catastrophic and irreversible and I am not going to go blind tomorrow - at least not from that.
The not so good news is that there probably isn’t really a way to tell if the headaches cause the vision problems or the vision causes the headaches or if they are some grand right-wing conspiracy (insert your conspiracy video of choice) that is causing them both.
And since there really isn’t a way to tell which came first, we can’t really fix it either. Don’t know if it was the chicken or the egg, but it’s hard to cook and eat them both.
So, now what? Well, a couple of things:
- We have an appt in November to take a look at the optic nerve, the visual field and some other things - things that aren’t quite worthy of a top grade but they aren’t problems that need to be dealt with - just to make sure they continue that way.
- I need to start doing some personal research and tracking when the headaches happen, when the blurry vision happens and whether there is a link between them and whether I can alter what I’m doing or what I’m doing it with to make a difference. Like for instance, I have a 17 inch laptop at home - that sits on my desk where it is pretty much face height when I am sitting at my desk. Do i need to get something smaller and a different desk so I’m looking down at it? Do I need to swap out the ipad for a Chromebook or Windows 2 in 1 which can flip over and act like an ipad but it has a bigger screen so the visuals work better? Do I need to I don’t know, what do i need to do?
So the Head Doc, Insurance Guy and TJ walked into the bar…
I don’t know how to resolve that question yet…
P.S. Given some of the meds I’m on, it really wouldn’t be a good thing for me to enjoy much if any of what they offer at the bar - Though the idea of “Head Case Beer” does have a ring to it.