Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It's all fun and games until...

Warning!!! This story is not for the faint of heart (if you have eye squeamishness). You have been warned!

So, Sunday, August 16th, I wake up with a pretty nasty headache. Sundays, usually being a "stay in" day, I put on my glasses* and stumble into the living room to check email. I notice immediately that my glasses must be filthy, so I go back to the bathroom and scrub 'em down. Hmm. That didn't help. I decide to put in my contacts and find that the fuzzy spot in my left eye is still there. Now that I've been up for a little bit, I notice that the fuzzy spot is really what looks like a weird "belly button ring" [Shannon's definition of my description] shaped floater that, for the most part, keeps settling right in my field of vision. Monday, the headache is worse and the floater is still there. Tuesday, same thing and Shannon decides to check my blood sugar just in case. It was 186.

For people without diabetes, according to experts, blood sugar levels should be:
  • Between 70 and 120 mg/ dL
For people with type 2 diabetes:
  • Fasting (not eating for a period of time): up to 130 mg/dL
  • After meals: less than 180 mg/dL
So I call Tim to let him know where I've been for the last few days and why. Wednesday [Shannon's first day of vacation] she shuttles me to the doctor and I find out that I've lost 9 pounds since the 6th when I went in for a yearly check up. Cool, lost 9 pounds, right? Nope; they test some pee and now I'm checking blood sugar every day for two weeks. Of course, I went to the doctor because of the headache and eye situation. He sends me immediately to the ophthalmologist for a possible retinal detachment. After thoroughly molesting my eyes (BOTH OF THEM) with a scleral indentation tool (something similar to this),
I find out that on Friday, I get to have it all done again by the retina specialist. We stop by the store to let everybody know what's going on (and pick up new comics, of course). Thursday, I stop in at the store to do the paperwork for our mail order stuff and that was a little more than I was up to. Friday more eye poking and I go home to sleep off the headache and pupil dilation. While napping, our cat, Tia, lost her footing while stepping over my head and clawed my RIGHT eye! After a scream and frantic and careful checking, she didn't actually scratch the eye itself, just gave me a nice little gouge at the corner that's still welted up a bit.

Anyway, this is not helping the headaches, so I'll continue the story later, but that's most of least the good stuff.