It's so easy to take them for granted. So very easy to just expect that they'll always do their job. That your sight will always be there. Until one night, when you're on the computer and you see black spots floating across your computer screen. And, you think to yourself, what the heck was that? You start to rub the screen thinking that it must have been dirt. Only to discover a few minutes later that it's not.
Then, you remember how earlier in the day your eye had felt like there was something in it. And actually, while you're thinking about it, you realize that it still hurts. And, you're freaking out a bit because your seeing spots.
This was me on Thursday night. I tried to put it out of my head but my eye continued to hurt all day Friday. Friday night I made the mistake that I make far too often. I googled my symptoms. I guess it could be viewed as a good thing because it did get my arse to the eye doctor the next day as I had self diagnosed myself with Uveitis. Which, as I found out yesterday afternoon after a visit to the eye dr., I do have.
Uveitis is an inflammation of the inner layer of the eye. It feels as lovely as it sounds. Uveitis can be caused by a variety of things... some very benign and some very serious. It is often a result of an auto immune disease like rheumatoid arthritis or MS. And while my dr. did mention that those diseases as being a cause, he didn't seem concerned. He gave me a prescription for eye drops that should, hopefully, take care of the issue. No follow up. No additional testing. He said I should be feeling better in a few days.
If you google Uveitis, however, it paints a different picture. Cataracts, glaucoma, blindness, MS, other auto immunue diseases. It's not a pretty picture. And quite different from the "take these drops for a week and you'll be fine". I should really learn to stay off of the internet.
Oh, and the best part? While I had mentioned in a previous post that I was planning to wean Piper from nursing before my beach trip, I didn't follow through and spent that weekend pumping. She happily went back to nursing when I returned home and I was planning to let her self wean. Until I got my Rx for the drops yesterday. I forgot to ask the dr. at my appointment whether or not they were safe while nursing. And, by the time I got to the pharmacy, the dr's office had closed for the weekend. So, while we were down to only nursing two or three times a day, we were all of a sudden forced to abruptly wean. While she seems ok, weaning is painful. And, this is now in addition to the pain in my eye.