Have had an “interesting” morning jumping between medical appointments. Two hours at the Eye Hospital – examined by 3 different ophthalmic clinicians, all looking at different things.
- I do have cataracts but they are not at a stage that anything would be done, so that can sit on one side for the moment.
- The vision problems, i.e. seeing things as if through a streaky window of Vaseline, it appears could be caused by the chemo (or not). This seems to be exacerbated by not having my vari-focals positioned correctly (oh…that must have been when I dropped and stood on my glasses…or when I accidentally sat on them, or maybe when I pushed them up off my face when they steamed up when I was cooking and they ended up in the tomato sauce …the choice is endless..but fortunately easy to resolve. Cleaning my glasses more often was also suggested as a possible aid as was changing the scratched lenses!
- The “new” problem is that I have a problem with my saccadic eye movements (who knew that one even had them?) – I was given the correct term for my latest condition but instantly forgot it, as you do! It is similar to nystagmus but the jumping eye movements I have self-correct in a few seconds. Nonetheless I am being referred to a consultant who specialises in this condition to see what he can suggest so will then be attending 2 different clinics at the Eye Hospital as well as Oncology and Diabetes Centre. I feel as if I need staff to manage all these appointments – it’s turning into a full-time occupation. Who knows maybe I will soon be seen in several units in each hospital…Can hardly wait!
Then it was a rapid turnabout and down the hill to the GP in time for blood tests…then flu jab with a timely return home moments before the arrival of the Ocado fridge stockers who came fully laden so that I can rest easy during chemo week. Fridge now packed to the gills, freezers only just able to close, fruit bowls overflowing – so all’s well in my world!
I am exhausted (yet already wired from starting the steroids today) and as ready as I am going to get for Round 3 tomorrow morning.