Cataract Shmataract

For most people having a cataract is no big deal…cataract schmataract…whateva.  You schedule a surgery, choose whether you want to see close or far away, have your surgery and then…voila, you can see again.  It feels amazing, I’ve heard.  A miracle of modern science. Stop.  Stop right there.  While I agree with the idea that…

Please Pass the Salt

A few years ago, I was at a table with some colleagues having lunch.  We were served clam chowder among other things, and it was rather bland. I asked them to, “Please pass the salt,”  and they did.  What they did not do, at least with their words, was to tell me that I was…

Hope

A couple of months ago, I showed up on time for an appointment with my retina doc.  To say I was terrified is an understatement. I woke up that morning thinking, “Today could be the day.  It could be the day that I lose all vision in one of my eyes.” In fact, I was…

When Things Got Dark

“Every treatment we take on has risks.  All of them.  But, I keep choosing which risks to take, because I know what the darkness is like, and if it comes to that for me I will deal with it, but if I can keep putting it off, believe me, I will try.”   A few…

A Rheumatologist…really?

In the beginning, one of the things that I didn’t understand was why I was being sent to a rheumatologist.  After all, it was my eyes that were the problem not my joints. Since then, I have learned that uveitis is an inflammatory disease, and in my case, an autoimmune inflammatory disease, not unlike rheumatoid…

Pick Your Poison

In a couple of weeks I will be headed back over the mountain to see the experts at Casey Eye Institute.  The issue is my retinas.  They’ve been swollen for about two years, and we can’t seem to find a medication that will work, or have any impact for that matter, for more than a…

Give Karen a Hug

Over the past fifteen years, I’ve visited lots of different doctors, and I’ve seen lots of techs, nurses and office staff.  There are very few that I’ve really disliked. In fact most of them I have liked very much.  They’ve been kind and helpful and tried their best to put me at ease and help with…

A Needle in the Eye

A couple of years into the land of autoimmune eye disease, a new doc came to town…well, Bend anyway, which is about 50 miles from where I live.  He was a retinologist, or a retina doc. By this time, I had already freaked a few doctors out.  They didn’t know what to call what was going…

There’s No Shame in a Magnifying Glass

One of the things most of my family enjoys doing is playing games.  We like all kinds, but especially strategy type games, and games that require some thinking.  A new favorite is a game called Seven Wonders. My daughter returned home last night after a dinner date with her boyfriend, and instead of watching a…

It’s Just a Bloody Eye

It never fails that when I would really like to look somewhat appealing, that is when my eyeballs turn on me.  This past Memorial Day weekend was one of those times. Our five hour journey began with a pit-stop at Bi-Mart so that I could purchase yet another pair of clip-on sunglasses.  My eyes were feeling…

A Big Word and a small term

Endoplasmic Reticulum and HLA-B27 Endoplasmic Reticulum is a  big word that I remember from high school Biology, not my best class ever.  I remember the word because it sounded funny to me, like you could cast a Harry Potteresque spell with it. When a conversation became too much or just plain boring, sometimes I would…

Look at Them

Sometimes I get distracted.  Do you?  This weekend my husband and I are headed south to see his family.  I love going there.  It’s in old nickel mining country, with rolling hills, lots of trees, crooked roads and space.  And then we’re going to enjoy an ocean front room at the coast.  I can’t wait! …