Wednesday, August 15, 2007

eyes again-- big old baby whine!

k-- Deep breath-- here is today’s news on the eyeballs. OK -- so Monday night my eyes were painful- but I put that down to the "trauma" of the procedures that were done. Tuesday-- my eyes were pretty painful and red and blinking was getting worse since that hurt. By last night, they were really getting worse. This morning when I got up they were so matted together I couldn't’ get them open at all-- even with my fingers- until I had put on hot compresses and really worked with them. Yep it was pretty nasty. By the time I got to work, I knew there was something really wrong-- I could barely open my eyes, my lids were swollen really badly and the sclera (white part) was this nice pink-to-red color and I looked like I had been on a weekend bender. I left my sunglasses on because they were so nasty looking. Anyway by lunchtime I was near tears (no pun intended) because of the pain-- and nothing I was doing was making them any better, plus because of the swelling my vision was getting bad. So I started calling around to see if I could find ANYONE Dr. wise that could see me today. I ended up right back with the Dr I had seen on Monday.

Anyway, by the time I got there my eyes were even worse if that is possible. She walked in and looked at me and said "Those are some seriously sad looking eyes." Sooo now that I have said all of that, this is what happened-- -well she doesn’t know for sure . She removed the punctal plugs she put in on Monday in case it was an allergic reaction (bet it wasn’t because the other one had been in for 4 years) but she took both of them out (yes Major ouchie). I had no sign of infection in my eyes on Monday --although she did tell me that I have the driest eyes she has ever seen in her 19 years of practice.-- today I have a rip-roaring raging infection in both of my eyes. No idea how or why this happened. I have to throw out all the medicine I bought Monday (just in case it is contaminated by the "virus" or I am allergic to it) :-( start another boatload of medicine eye drops. One of which is the newest, greatest, best, strongest antibiotic drop for eyes, a steroid drop, and another kind of moisture drop. If I am not WAAAY better by tomorrow, I am to go back -- I am off work at least until Friday (perfect time to scrap if I could see). And I am to see her on Friday morning if I am better. Her words not mine-- "Very very contagious viral or bacterial infection" so here I sit with washcloth over my eyes, putting in one drop or the other about every 15 minutes.

I know this is getting long -- and I hate to gripe-- but here is the even better part.... Since I have a lot of seemingly unrelated symptoms and not only with my eyes now they are probably going to do a auto immune system work up on me for possibly something causing this --- according to the Dr at work and the eye Dr it is pretty amazing to have a infection of this magnitude develop in less than two days-- that coupled with the previous back-of-the-eyeball infections I have had leads them to think it may be something systemic like Sicca Syndrome (Sicca syndrome: An autoimmune disease, also known as Sjogren syndrome, that classically combines dry eyes, dry mouth, and another disease of connective tissue such as rheumatoid arthritis (most common), lupus, scleroderma or polymyositis.There is a great preponderance of females. About 90% of Sjogren syndrome patients are female, usually in middle age or older.) had to copy that because I can’t spell Sjogren's LOL-- and that definition is me all over the place.

She doesn’t want to do anything about that though until the infection is under control.


Fuzzy White Dogs said...

Oh Brenda, how awful! How soon will you know for sure if it's that disease? I hope it turns out to be something that's not so bad, like maybe an allergy to the eye plug. (Since you'd had the other one for several years, there's a good chance that the newer ones are made of a different material, & maybe it contains something that is causing all the problems.
(((hugs))) and prayers!

Brenda is SO Blessed said...

thank you Becky-- I am about 1000 times better today-- just have a small amount of redness and a little soreness-- but the intensity of having to put the drops in so frequently is tiresome --- must be getting back to normal I am complaining LOL
They won't even test me for Sjogrens until i get over this infection. I think the testing for the syndrome is only lab work... but even if that is what it is-- at least it would give me to work with ya know. I have all these weirdo things going on with me all the time. It would just be good to say-- "oh that is part of Sjogren's " and this is what you do to treat it. I know that sounds strange but i just would like someone to put a name to all these weird symptoms- problems i have.
thanks for the prayers and the hugs--and for being there to listen to me complain