Floaters, or Shadow People?

When I had my eye exam last week one of the topics of conversation the doctor and I covered was those floaters in my eyes. She could see them in my eyeballs when she looked with her scope. My peripheral vision checked out fine, and I don’t see flashes, so the floaters don’t signal any serious health condition. But they are quite entertaining.

Sometimes the spots, shapes, and foggy masses that drift across and hop around my field of vision seem like a host of shadow people. But I think they’re just floaters. I think…

My eyes have gotten stronger!? (Thank you, Sylvia.)

So this morning I had my eyes examined (full exam, with dilation and everything) for the first time in four years. Now that I’m diagnosed with diabetes (type 1, controlled by diet and exercise) having such an eye exam will be an annual thing.

Not surprisingly, the prescription for my new glasses has changed quite a bit. It has become increasingly more difficult for me to see in all circumstances: distance vision, near vision, night vision, every darned thing. And I assumed (wrongly, as it turns out) that my eyes had just gotten much weaker.

The eye doctor told me this morning that she detected some slight glaucoma, but no worse than she noticed four years ago. And she saw some slight retinal tearing and slight macular degeneration, but again, this is just what she noted four years ago. However, the degree of astigmatism in my vision is much less now than it was previously, And my distance vision and near vision are quite a bit stronger than they were previously!

Wow Zoopers! I may be getting older, but my eyes are getting stronger! How about THAT!? The Optometrist attributed the improvement in my vision to the facts that: 1.) I’m now treating my blood pressure with medication; 2.) I’m no longer smoking, and; 3.) that I’m eating better now. Sylvia’s good home-cooking that I eat every day since I’ve fully retired is helping to improve my overall health and is making my eyes stronger!

Thank you, Sylvia! 😀

After several days of inactivity….

So last Thursday the doctor told me to rest my arms, shoulder and neck, but to start exercising regularly as soon as I could.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did little more than sit in the recliner or lie in bed. Boring! And while I was doing that the grass in my lawn, which really needed to be cut before the problem with my shoulder, etc., set in a week or so ago, kept growing. Yesterday I finally did something about it: walked down to the ice house (there and back is just about a mile) for a can of gas for the lawn mower, and I mowed the front yard.

Today the shoulder and arm aches, but that’s better than the sharp pain of the past week or so. So this afternoon I mowed the back yard. It is gratifying to be productive again!

What I mistakenly thought was arthritis pain.

The doctor I saw yesterday diagnosed my shoulder, arm, and neck problem as much more likely due to nerve damage than to arthritis. And we’re treating it accordingly. He called in some new medicines for my blood pressure (another area of concern) which I collected from the pharmacy before catching the bus home. And he now has me taking anti-inflammatory meds morning and night. I’m to rest my arms, shoulders, and neck for the next few weeks and “tough it out” (the doctor’s words. Heh.) regarding the pain. If the pain hasn’t cleared up in a few weeks, he’ll x-ray my neck. So… I’m taking it easy and taking my meds.

Good news from the doctor yesterday: He congratulated me on my recent weight loss. He said all the numbers from last week’s blood work, etc. were very good. The liver and kidneys are in fine shape and working as they should. And he encouraged me to join a gym and begin exercising regularly. (Actually, that’s something Sylvia suggested we do together just a few days ago.)

And the adventure continues. 🙂

A two shower day

So I showered in the morning before heading out the door for my one-mile walk to the bus stop. Today was my scheduled doctor’s appointment and showering before that is always a must. Right?

After that business was taken care of  downtown, and a few other things as well, the bus ride back to the neighborhood and another mile-long walk back home under the South Texas afternoon Sun left me tired and sweaty. Definitely needing a second shower. 

Cleaned up now, I’m relaxing on the big brown recliner and watching Wheel of Fortune. Mellowed out.  And looking forward to a quiet evening and an early sleep.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Day 3, ditto

Still “crippled” with the arthritis pain. While not as severe (generally) as it has been at times over the last few days, it’s still bad enough to slow me down considerably. Though it still seems to be centered in the left shoulder and neck area, it can extend from from my head down to my fingers, across both shoulders, and down my back. Seriously.

To complicate matters, my blood pressure has been  really high for the last few days. This morning, for example, it was 173/95. And I’m taking perscription medicine daily to keep it low.

I imagine that if I was able to sleep well at night my body would heal itself from much of what ails me, but insomnia has been particularly bothersome lately. Some exercise would help too, I’m sure, but the darned arthritis won’t let me do anything. 

Anyway, I’ve got a doctor’s appointment tomorrow: a follow-up on my lab work from last week. Maybe the doctor can give me some advice, adjust my meds, or do something to help. We’ll see.

Second Verse, Same as the First

Last night’s late tweet summed up my Monday:

Significant arthritis pain was my constant companion yesterday. And today starts similarly.

Getting anything of value done today will be … challenging. Thank God I have a good stock of Aleve!