Monday, August 11, 2008

What I am blind?

So Thursday after I got to work my eye started to bother me really bad. Thinking that I had something in it I took my contact out to give it a rest and get better. It didn't help. Thinking that my mascara was bothering it I took off all my eye makeup and still it was killing me. After talk of going to the Instacare I decided to ask Janelle if she had a eye doctor she recommended (Thank you J). She referred me to this doctor and they got me right in an hour later. So I go to the office and sit down and they do the whole "what is wrong" and after which then the technician decides to check my vision using the chart! So I read perfectly with my right eye and then she tells me to switch to my left, and much to my surprise I can't see anything. I am not meaning that I couldn't see the letters I mean I was only seeing White! Panic overcame me and I quietly told the lady I think I might be blind...She whirled around and panic came across her face. I explained that I saw no letters but only saw white. So she switched the letters to display the next, larger set of letters. Still nothing. So not saying much she headed out of the room to get the doctor. Outside before they both entered I heard the technician explain to the doctor.. "No she can't see the big E with her left eye" Boy did I feel stupid. Have you seen the eye test. That E is HUGE! Just in case you haven't been to the doctor in awhile, let me remind you!

After several drops, and an eye exam the doctor explains to me that I have an infection in the inside of my eye. He then proceeds to explain I am only seeing white because I am just seeing infection. Crazy I know.. He doesn't know how I got it, but did tell me I wasn't contagious due to the fact that it was on the inside of my eye! I was relieved needless to say! So he prescribes me some drops so I swing by the local Costco to pick them up real quick before heading back to work. After a very long wait they guy tells me it will come to $90 dollars. I was shocked. That was after Insurance paid it's portion! I mean come on. So without a choice I paid it and got out to my car! I opened the box to find the size of the bottle minature. Calculating that an average eye drop has .05 ml (thanks Google) and the bottle was 2.5 ml. That gave me about 50 drops and at a bottle being $180 that is about $3.60 a drop. I think I need to go into a new line of work! MADNESS is all I have to say!
Anyway it is now Monday and after another visit to the doctor, my eye is doing well! Oh the joys of having issues in your life. I guess I really shouldn't be complaining because it could be so much worse! At least I didn't have to wear an eye patch.

6 comments:

{lizzythebotanist} said...

yes, there are worse things. you could be like me and go semi-blind in your left eye for weeks at a time. i was scared you might be having the optic neuritis i had at the start of my MS nightmare. so glad it's only temporary. no one needs to deal with this. i can't believe how much medicine can cost! thank goodness for medicaid when times are tough!

Jenna said...

That is crazy. I hate taking those eye exams without my contacts on. I guess it's good that I can at least see the E, but it still is blury to me. Glad that you will recover, too bad recovery isn't cheap :)

emilie s. d. p. said...

I'm so sorry for you! The prices for eyedrops are insane! Especially since I'm really bad at getting them into my eye (I swear I've sent at least $25 of drops down the sink or down my face).
I hope it heals quickly. Keep us updated!

Lindsey said...

I think you would have looked hot in the eye patch.

Kipp and Ashlee said...

I was hoping your story was going to say that the lady doing your eye test forgot to put up the letter sign or something, so that's why you only saw white. Glad to hear it is better now, though!

Doug and Krista said...

That's crazy! It seems like the weirdest things are always happening you to you, going blind, your ear hanging off...