Health in a Nutshell Part 2 - The EYE

Well tomorrow is the day.
Gastric By Pass.
I have had nothing but clear
liquids for two days.

I thought clear liquids were
well, clear! But
apparently that means
liquids that light shows
through. So I have
been able to have my unsweet,
decaf tea, beef broth and
even Jello.
The list of things I can
have goes on and on...but
I am limiting those items
because of the artificial
sweetener in them.
Fibromyalgia is affect
by those things.
The Jello I am using has
Aspartame in it but
it is less then 2% so I
am trying that.

Anyway....I will be at the
hospital at 6am in the morning.
And with that my new life
will be here!

I was afraid that I might have
to cancel the surgery.


Because Friday evening I
noticed that my left eye
was really red. Thinking that it
was maybe allergies from
all in bloom. But come
Saturday when I went to the kitchen
sink with the beautiful sun
shining in, and had a terrible
pain shoot through my eye
to the back of my head....I
thought maybe I needed to
treat it.
I went and got some Opcon A.
(not my eye but this is what it looked like)

Well, Sunday morning was terrible.
Pain shooting through my eye
went light hits it. I walked around
the house keeping it closed and
trying to stay away from bright light.
Then it got to the point that light
going in the good eye made the
bad eye hurt.

Mom picked me up and we
headed to Walgreen Walk In,
or what we called a DOC in the BOX
when I worked for the TBI.
They were not seeing anymore patients.
Riding in the car with my mom
I had a wash cloth
folded up and placed on the eye,
held in place by my sunglasses.

The sun was so bright and it was
making for some bad pain.
But I had to have relief so
I decided I had to go to the ER...
after all it was Sunday where
else was I to go?

They were amazing in the ER.
Had the best young pregnant doc
looking after me and she seemed
to have a great knowledge of the eye.
She said that it appeared I had


Yep, leave it to me to have something I
never heard of.
So what is it?
It is an inflammation of
the iris.
What causes it?
Being sleep deprived

Well, with that said, I usually have
at least one night every other
week or so where I can't sleep.
Last week I was up for 36
Oh lets see, my grandson has been
living with me since Aug.
My daughter moved in
in Dec.
I found out in July that I had
the liver issues.
I have jumped through hoops
to get to the point of
surgery and lets not
forget the

And people wonder why I laugh
through this sort of stuff.
But apparently my body processes
the stress when I act like there
is none, or shall I say this time
my eye did this time.

Surgery is still on.
Had this been an infection I
would have had to cancel.

Now to the really funny part of all
Sitting in the ER I get a text from
my niece who is 4  hours away.
This pic was attached.

and the text said,
"is that your sweater on your head"?

So I felt the total confusion
that I am sure was all over my
face. How did Holly get a pic
of me in granny's car with
my head covered up?

I had to ask....and I found out
that Holly's friend that she
went to school with and who
knows my mom and her car pulled
up next to us and took this pic!
Being confused about why someone
was sitting with a sweater on their
head, she sent the text to Holly...

Never know who is watching!

Thanks for stopping in,


Sharon said…
OMG your eye! That would have scared the bejesus out of me! How can that not be a major problem? I've never heard of it either.
When I had that much stress, I got shingles. Crossing fingers for you!
Yeah, I thought clear meant you could read through.
You having your surgery at Vanderbuilt? I forgot. I'll have you in mind all day. I had a friend that had that done, she did alright and she was way overweight.
No, you never know who's watching. LOL!
Hoping everything goes well for you, Pam!
Liz A. said…
Wow, small world. Glad the eye thing is not serious. I hope all goes well with the surgery.
Inger said…
All the best with your surgery and everything else. I hope you will be able to sleep well when it is all over.
Darla M Sands said…
Wow. Just last night I saw a young man nearly lose his sight from a parasite in his eye. He reacted just the same to light. I hope it's better now. As for the photo, it's creepy how we are always being watched these days. Best wishes!
Darla M Sands said…
Said a prayer for you just now. ~hugs~ I hope you are doing well.
MadSnapper said…
thanks for the comment on my Snap-Ping blog about the car. I don't use that blog very much, rarely in fact. When I came to your blog to thank you, I saw this post about surgery and clicked to read what I consider a hilarious post. I very much enjoyed that you still have humor when stressed, which is much like I am. my best friend for the past 55 years had this surgery about 10 years ago and has done fantastic. prayers for a good surgery, I will keep up with what happens to you.. the sweater on the head is priceless that someone would see, send and you would get it. I go by Madsnapper which is the name of my main blog, my name is Sandra.

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