Friday, October 17, 2008

One eye open

I am writing this post with just one eye open, in an amazingly dark room. Why?

...because I have apparently developed a very bad habit of sleeping with my eyes partially open. At least that is what my ophthalmologist told me today, after she gracefully worked me into an emergency appointment.

You see, I woke up at 3AM this morning with severe pain in my left eye. It felt like someone had planted glass under my eyelids. Upon waking, my eye would not even be forced open, and was just as watery and painful closed. Light had become my enemy, and with the waterworks also came the runny nose. I swear, I'll never understand how the nose and eyes are connected that way.

Forget about work. I sat in a dark room with a cold pack on my eye, waiting until the doctors office opened. For a while, I considered rushing to the Eye Foundation Hospital's emergency room, but convinced myself to suck it up and wait for the doctor's office to open. My next dilemma, which doctor to see? I haven't seen anything but an optometrist for years. In an effort to be seen today, I called the last eye doctor I remember.

The receptionist answered the call, and I told her my problem and included the fact that I had seen her (the eye doctor) before. It helped! She squeezed me in at 10:30, and I patiently waited until it was time to leave. Of course, I have to drive in terrible rainy weather with only one contact, while in pain, totally light phobic and squinting. I am very blessed I got there in one piece, but not without getting lost. Her office had moved...oops. So I got there a little late, and apologized to the receptionist.
"I thought you said you had seen her before," she said very disgruntled. " I have, but it was a long time ago," I replied. She then said she would check the archives. AND THEY FOUND ME! They had my records back from 1996. I am still impressed. The doctor even remembered me.

So back to my eye. I have a corneal ulcer that is horizontal and placed directly across the center of my eye. How did this happen? Well, the eye doc has seen this before, and thinks I sleep with my eyes partially open. This leaves my eyes extremely dry, and predisposes my eyelid to stick to my eye. When I opened my eye, my eyelid, literally peeled back the top layer of my cornea. OUCH! She continued on to say that it is more common in diabetics, and that it would take longer to heal as well. joy.

For now I'm covered in all kinds of drops and oily ointments, but nothing for pain. I'm also in glasses for at least a month, which means I have to buy new ones. Mine were stepped on and cracked about a month ago. I'll just have to get a very stylish pair of frames, and call it a new look.

On the pump front, I ordered my pump yesterday with mixed emotions. Pure excitement over the pump, but a little depression over my test results. My endo sent me a letter Wednesday with the instructions to order the pump and included my c-peptide and A1C. A1c was good, but my C-peptide was unmeasurable with a fasting BG of 176. 6 months ago, I had a positive c-peptide. I guess I still have lingering feelings that I am not "insulin dependent". Tests now show otherwise. I guess, I knew it was inevitable. Now, I have to wait on insurance approval and waiting is not my strong suit, but at least it's Friday. I have all weekend for my eye to recover without worrying about work. For that I am grateful.

12 comments:

Sara said...

That is one of the craziest eye stories I have heard!

It also reminds me I need an eye appointment. Work is busy but I need to make time for it!!

asskeeper said...

Mandy,
I was going to say OUCH!!! At first I wondered if it was Iritis which I ended up with. Glad you got in with the doctor quickly.
Wendy

Erin said...

I've heard someone say that Walmart has cheap frames for situations like that. I couldn't believe the eye story-- OUCH is all I can say. Your getting the Ping right? I'm calling Animas tomorrow to find out more- I've had a 2020 since February 2008 (pumped with a Minimed since 1999 & just converted) and I love it! I hope your eye is feeling better soon!!

Mandy said...

Sara,
YOU'RE NOT KIDDING!
Never neglect your eyes!

Wendy,
Hey!
Eyes are thankfully on the mend and I'm waiting for my glasses to come in.

Erin,
Thanks and yes, I'M GETTING THE PING!!!! I was approved by insurance Friday. It only took 2 days to get the script and approval. Now I'm waiting to set the ship date and I'm tooo excited! I'm glad to hear you like your Animas. Are you interested in upgrading? I think if you've only had your pump less than a year, it's cheaper to upgrade.

Cara said...

Hi! I found your blog on SixUntilMe. :) I see you are from the south too! (You told her "Bless your heart!" just like I did!!!)
I'm glad to have stumbled across your blog. I'll add you to my blog roll when I get home. :)

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