Since I have mentioned this on a number of workshops and places, figured for a short post I would tell you all here.
Many of you know I only have one eye. Back right before I started this streak on this blog, about eleven years ago, I lost almost all the vision in my right eye to a stroke in the back of the eye. I caused it, and I have lived with the one eye ever since.
Well, about four weeks ago, I woke up mostly blind. (Now if that doesn’t twist you up, nothing will.)
I thought it was just eyestrain, as I have had a ton of times in the past, and just rested and it got a little better, but it wasn’t improving quickly, so off to basically the emergency room on a Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Stunningly good hospital, and after a ton of blood work and a cat scan, it was determined I was totally healthy except for the eye issue. Off to my main doc to look over all the blood work and tests and then he got me an emergency referral into an major eye doc.
It turns out I have a case of Optic Neuritis, which occurs when swelling (inflammation) damages the optic nerve. No known cause (comes with MS, at times, but I do not have MS.). Could be an allergy, a reaction, or whatever. I do know and neither do the docs. I do know I did not cause it. (Yay)
In most cases this clears up in 2 to 6 months. I am at month #1 and it is getting better by the week. No idea if there will be lasting damage until the end of that period.
So if some of you are wondering why I missed an email of yours, or haven’t gotten around to reading a story yet, that is the reason.
Kris has been amazing through it all, helping me read stuff, and calming me down in the first hour of the conference when I was surrounded by people and couldn’t read a sign. And most of all being with me through a billion doctors and nine hours of an emergency room. Thanks, Kris. A real partner.
So please, folks, no need to send me the “I hope you get better…” thing. Or tell me how to treat it. Or anything like that. Trust me, I can afford the best doctors and I seemed to have found them just fine. I am back driving and have only blown up this screen image a little bit to type this.
I’m going to work on catching up the stories I have missed and maybe some email over the next five days. Just wanted to let you all know why there seemed to be a few glitches in the systems over the last month.