November 29th, 2006

WebCam Greg

Free couch

Does anybody want a couch with a fold out bed? It's free for the taking. All you have to do is come pick it up.

It was worth a try.

I'm not taking it to Canada with me. I'll probably end up having to pay to take it to the dump.
Doctor

Double vision

I received a new pair of glasses yesterday. The prescription looks wrong in the left eye at a distance. Great. I might need bifocals.

During the eye exam, the eye doctor couldn't find any physical problem with my eyes as to why I am seeing monocular double vision in each of my eyes. He said that if the problem doesn't go away after getting my new glasses that I should talk with my primary care physician. That scares me. He mentioned that there could be something in my head that is causing it, and that's why I should talk to my primary care physician.

The eye doctor kept looking over and over and did more tests, but he said that my eyes are healthy. That is a relief, but not really comforting in the overall picture.

I just now got off the phone and they set me up with an appointment today at 2:30 PM. Now I'm shaking.

Edit: I did a little searching on the net and came across this:
Monocular diplopia

 If the double vision persists when one of the eyes is covered, the patient has monocular diplopia.  Monocular diplopia is usually due to an opacity, like a cataract, within the eye which is splitting the image.  It can also be due to uncorrected astigmatism.  It is never neurological in nature, and the only "work-up" required is referral to an ophthalmologist.


So if it is never neurological in nature and my eyes are healthy, why did the eye doctor tell me to see my primary care physician?
Doctor

Medication side effect.

I'm back from the doctor's. My double vision is being caused by my current medication. We could backtrack though my medical history to almost the exact time the double vision began.

The ability to have all the doctors at the Veterans Administration be able to access my medical records is extremely helpful. My doctor was able to pull up my current and past medications as well as the eye doctor's report to diagnose what was going on. He kept asking me questions and I was like, "Uh, I'm not sure." Then he clicked the mouse a few times and the info was up on the screen.

Actually, finding out that it is the medication is a great relief. My eye doctor really freaked me out. The double vision is annoying at times, but there isn't any impairment to my sight. I just have a lighter copy or shadow of the words above the current words. Black on white, or white on black seem to be the worst, so reading can be slow at times, but not impossible.

I did just finish reading a novel, so I'm not blind. There were a few times when I thought that whole sentences were lined out, but I just moved the book closer or farther away and the words separated enough that I was able to continue reading.

I'm happy with the benefits of my current medication and I have dealt with the double vision issue for 2 years (Yes, I know, but I thought I just needed new glasses and I couldn't afford them at the time), so I'm not going to change a thing. As long as my head is okay and the double vision is just a side effect of my medication, I'm cool with that.

I think the thing that surprised me most about all of this is that I was able to see my doctor on the same day I called to make an appointment. I was actually shocked when the receptionist said, "How about today at 2:30?"
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Spooky Drive

Have you ever gotten spooked driving home? I did tonight.

It drizzled most of the day so everything was wet and the road looked pitch black with no reflection from my headlights. The fog was just thick enough to make the trees on the side of the road barely visible.

As I drove down the road, my headlights would light up creepy looking branches hanging close to the road, or catch a discarded reflector or something else that lit up brightly. I kept seeing movement in the woods as I'd drive by, but it was only the reflection off of wet trees farther from the road. I got jumpy and tensed up, waiting for something to dart out onto the road in front of me. Whenever I realized I was holding my breath, I would relax and slowly exhale and let my heart rate return to a slower beat.

When I reached the driveway, I let out a little nervous giggle for allowing myself to get spooked like that.