2004.08.26

Peripherally speaking

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In general, I’ve been feeling really great health-wise; lately, though, my body has been attempting to tell me secrets I don’t want to hear, and in increasingly rude ways.

Was driving through Mercer Island a few days ago when I had a brief moment of dizziness, after which I lost all peripheral vision out of my right eye. All I could see in that area were indistinct bursts of color, almost as when — and this is something I used to do often, just to spite my second-grade teacher — I’d stared directly into the sun for several minutes straight. It was, however, exceedingly dreary outside, and after several minutes there was still no sign of improvement.

So I freaked out! Come on, it’s easy to think of horrible scenarios to explain symptoms like that, especially to a closet hypochondriac like me. Did manage to get home, though — and finally, my vision started coming back. However, at that point I started having the most excruciating headache ever, which pretty much left me incapacitated for the next several hours.

Verdict? After some poking and prodding, my doctor diagnosed it as a migraine. Well, I guess I know now what that feels like! Since it’s centered in my occipital lobe, my vision gets wonky. Everything about the diagnosis seems consistent with my experience, which does makes me feel better. I’m glad it didn’t turn out to be anything worse (time into appt before the words “br**n t*m*r” were spoken: 43 minutes), but I don’t relish the prospect of these being a recurring thing.

Also, I had my stitches taken out while I was there. Hm? Oh, for the other tumor I had removed from my right arm a couple weeks ago. Luckily (and as expected) that one was completely benign. But! Still!

To add insult to injury, a bee stung me as I left home yesterday, just above my right eye. Talk about gratuitous meanness.

I just want to get back to feeling better! Or, at least, a hug or something. Sigh.


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