Thursday, September 22, 2005
You will put your eye out with that blood pressure
I got off early from work yesterday so I decided to take advantage of my new health benefits and go get an eye exam. Well, they put the drops in my eyes and sent me out to wait for them to work.I am sitting there in the waiting room with my pupils dialating and across from me there is a woman breastfeeding. Then the late afternoon sun is shining in the window causing me even more pain. So I go back in expecting a quick look in each eye and I'll be on my way. The guy looks in my eye and says "Yipes!" I have a peripheral retinal venous occlusion. So today I went to see a retinal specialist and I guess my blood pressure is out of control. They did a retinal angiography. This consists of injecting dye in the vein, dilating my eye and then taking obout 40 pictures. With each picture you have to keep your eye wide open while a light equal to a star going super-nova is flashed into brain. But it was my lucky day--- because it didn't involve the macula or else I'de be in deep doo-doo. So next week I go to the doctor to get treated for high blood pressure. I don't think it's that high but this eye thing is spooky. I'm not sure how I would look in a jaunty eye patch. I think it was that breastfeeding woman that caused all these problems. It's possible those blood pressure machines in Wal-Mart are accurate after all. This may not be one of Babba's witty posts but like the young people I just want to share my day.