Sunday, April 09, 2017

I stands for injections #AtoZchallenge

My blog post's title sound eerie and perhaps negative, but I don't feel this way. It's all good.

On Friday, I went to see my ophthalmologist. The clinic looks like a place where you would go select your frames for a spiffy pair of eyeglasses. It's in a fairly modern, new building. I actually had to ask if I had the correct unit number, for it wasn't displayed at the front.

The receptionist wasn't exactly the most friendly person to deal with. Everything coming out of her mouth felt like a rapid interrogation:

  • May I help you?
  • Can I get your health card?
  • Can you confirm your birthdate?
  • What's your family doctor's name? Do you know her first name? Address?
After she had all the answers that she needed, I sat in the waiting area. There must have been thirty people sitting there at 10:00 am. Naturally, you can't get too comfortable.

Moments later, you hear one technician call out your name. The problem is that you don't know which room the woman is in. For some reason, she chooses to sit in the room and yell out names. So, I followed the voice and had some scans done on both eyes.

I went back into the waiting room. Another technician yelled out my name. This time, if felt like a maze. I had to ask where she was. I followed her voice again. It's an odd setup.

I had more vision tests done. My eyes were dilated. I am getting used to this procedure where everything close up ends up being fuzzy.

During my second hour there, I got to meet my ophthalmologist. He has a calm tone to his voice. I felt reassured and in good hands.

He took a look at my eyes. He confirmed what my optometrist has concluded the other week. This time, I got a better diagnosis and a thorough explanation. I had a stroke in my right eye, which caused a vessel to explode. The blood is blocking my central vision. It explains why some of my vision is blurred.

He recommended injecting a drug in my eye, which will provide oxygen and nutrients. The idea is to break the blood clot and see how much of my vision can be restored. The uncertainty doesn't shock me. My mom had a serious stroke that has left her right side of her body rather weak. However, she has made good progress under the circumstances.

I realize that making a full recovery is difficult. However, if I can get most of my vision back in my right eye, I'll be happy. 

So, I have six injections with this drug. I had the first one on Friday. I am thankful that I have a decent drug plan. Otherwise, I would have to pay $2000 for all six injections out of my own pocket.

I go monthly for each injection. We'll see how things go.

My manager pinged me on our instant messaging application a few hours after my appointment. He told me of some news that made me happy. I will save that for a future blog post.

He asked me about my appointment, so I told him. He told me never to get injections in my eye. My mood changed. I could feel some stress moving in.

My ophthalmologist advised that injections are safe. I risk infection, but the odds are slim. As long as I don't rub my right eye or have water seep into it during the first 24 hours, I'm good. I did get a bottle of sterile artificial tears, which made a world of difference.

In my case, using drops containing medicine in my eye won't get down to the blood clot. My manager is a worry wart. He has an eye condition and is adamant to not have anyone pry into his eye. In his case, he has a pupil that will not close. He simply puts prescription eye drops in his affected eye.

I frankly think that our eye problems aren't similar. He wants a face-to-face discussion about my eye situation. I really don't.

I changed the topic and said that I need my workload reduced. He tried to be jokey, but it turned out worse. He first suggested to get Portuguese egg tarts, which I love. However, he wasn't willing to buy any. Instead, he suggested that I do and that he would eat them. Again, I didn't find it funny.

I basically told him that our instant messaging tool causes me stress. I get distracted when folks want information from me immediately. I told him for a long time that I have been thinking about not logging on to it. My mentioning it on Friday wasn't a first. 

I told him that his remark about never having injections doesn't make me feel good, as I have already had one. He apologized. I also said that I was logging off the instant messaging application. We were done.

I have no regrets. My health is more important than hearing nonsense that was making my blood boil. Again, I need to reduce my stress and this online conversation did not help.

My ophthalmologist has asked that I see my family doctor. So, I have an appointment on Tuesday. I need to talk to her about whether I need to be on high blood pressure medication or if there are techniques that I can employ to destress. 

I am trying meditation. I exercise daily. I need something else.


  1. Hey my mom has to have injections in her eye on a regular basis due to age related macular degeneration...she, the same as you needs to be careful not to rub, wipe, get water or use eye makeup (mascara, etc) for 24 hours afterwards. She's been undergoing these about every 6 weeks for the last year or so with no problems.

    I also hate our internal instant messaging and with my internet issues, it doesn't always work correctly. I stay logged off unless I am in a meeting with someone where we need to share a document or presentation. I have trained everyone to email me if they need to reach me...I will then look at the email and if it isn't critical, will not respond for an hour or two, sometimes more, depending on the time of day and my work load. Again, I am training them to not expect an immediate response to a non-critical question/situation.

    Really think you need to work from home as much as possible until you get your health and stress level under control.

    Years ago, when I was under a lot of stress, I started attending Tai Chi classes...absolutely love it and it really reduces my stress. But that's just me...everyone is different so don't know if it would work for you.

    Sending lots of prayers, healing energy and positive thoughts your way. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

    1. Thanks for the reassuring and helpful comments, Cat. They are most appreciated!

      I am glad that your mom hasn't experienced any problems with her injections. I felt comfortable with what my ophthalmologist had told me, which aligns with what your mom was advised. I am lucky that I don't wear eye makeup (just can't be bothered... haha), so I am good.

      I am glad that you dislike your internal instant messaging system. I will take your advice, and just be logged on when I have an online meeting or something. Other than that, I will have a brief message in my IM profile saying to contact me by e-mail. When I think about when my eye stroke occurred, it probably did when I got annoyed over an IM exchange with a colleague.

      I agree that I need to work at home more. I need to work it out with my manager. I doubt that I can work from home for solid weeks, but we'll see.

      I have heard good things about tai chi. I will see whether there are any classes that I can attend. Right now, I am doing meditation techniques. I may try yoga. I did that in the past, but I need to relearn it.

      Thanks for your help and support. I will definitely come knocking on your door if I have any questions or need your help. It means a lot!

  2. That sounds like a very sticky situation. Wish you all the best with your health and clearing out negativity in your life

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