Saturday, June 14, 2014

Not Tonight - E.R. Trifecta

Not tonight and hopefully not at all.

What is this SeaSpray wanting to avoid tonight?

The ER.

I woke up this morning with the inner corner of my left eye the iris, being bright red or pink  ..more red.  Well actually ...I noticed it a little red closer to the inner corner last night, assumed I must've rubbed it and was going to use some Naphcon A, but forgot all about it.

Then while trying to fall back asleep this morning I felt a pricking pain in the inner corner of my eye - several of them.  I assumed it was a rogue eyelash turning inward on my eye and so I kept trying to push my upper lashes upward.  It seemed to work.

However, I was so surprised to see my left eye looking so colorful ..truly patriotic.  Red, white and blue.  I almost stood at attention and saluted in the mirror.  ;)

Anyway ...the white part is all wrinkly under the iris and to the outer corner.  No itching discharge or tearing isn't compromised and I can look into the light without pain.

But it does hurt.  My left eye aches ...especially with movement, even blinking.  And I feel pressure.

It wasn't so bad in the afternoon.  I did call my opthamologist, but they were closed today.

Sooo ...I rinsed with tepid water.  Not long after I irrigated it with expired saline.  It felt good but didn't help.  Then remembering I had some eye prescriptions ...although I didn't exactly know what they did, I used one that expired in 2015.  Then after putting the drop in my eye ...I saw the pharmacist's direction was to not use beyond 2013. Great. (fluorometholone 1%) ophthalmic suspension - twice daily)  But shortly ...I am going to try the other one to see if it helps since it's a newer prescription.  Although a different medication. (prednisolone acetate ophthalmic suspension 1%)  I don't have the box, but bottle says it expires last month.  The latter one is soothing and I think it will help some.  I will sleep with that in my eye and maybe between resting and the med will improve by morning.

My main concern is that the aching in my eye has increased somewhat.  Although ...being on the computer may be making it worse.  It does feel like something is in my inner corner and upper lid area sometimes. I think it's from irritation.

So ...I did consider calling the number provided by my doctor's message, but then I thought I might be referred to the ER.  I really just don't want to go there and am hoping to wait until I can schedule with them on Monday morning.

What to do?  What to do?

Then it hit me.  I would be going to the ER on a Friday night ...Friday the 13th no less ...A-N-D's a full moon.  An ER trifecta!  No thanks!

I k-n-o-w-w-w ...there are studies that say full moons do not cause patient increase in ERs and maternity ...or other emergency situations.  And the crazies don't come out in droves. Tell that to the hospital staff and other emergency personnel working on full moon nights. I've seen it myself when working 3-11s at the hospital.  Coincidence?  Maybe.

And I am not at all superstitious!  But my experience with Murphy's law in my life tells me that I'd be waiting forever tonight.

I mean ...after all ...why risk the ER Trifecta?

Just saying.  :)

P.S. - The next Friday the 13th full moon won't occur again until  August 13, 2049.
Update Saturday afternoon:  Eye was worse this morning.  Drops didn't help.  Well old prescription and may not be for whatever is wrong.  Still don't want to go to ER.  I tried to call eyedoc but my number didn't take with the emergency line instructions.  Kept getting weird sound.  Still want to hold out to Monday.  I'm sure they will get me in.  They are very good that way.  Sclera is the worst looking so much more swollen.  Still red.  Feels irritated.  Called friend/ER nurse and suggested cool compress and it helped somewhat.  The problem is I am still trying to do things around here.  Boy don't realize the how many things actually work your eyes.  I feel anything that causes me to have to focus.  And aches more when bending over... so I'm trying not to.

Anyway ...then I remembered there is an urgent care that is much closer and affiliated with the hospital and I found out takes our insurance.  So ...if it gets worse I WILL go there tomorrow.

I also used Naphcon A eye drops, something I use for allergic eyes since 1987 ...and THAT has provided the most relief.  Swelling and redness down just a bit.  But I am still scheduling to be seen by eyedoc even if this greatly improves.  Also ...I never did tell the funny story connected to my last eye appointment and so will at some point soon.  And that was a normal eye exam.  My vision also hasn't changed since 2006.  This is so out of the blue.
Sunday morning update:  Eye feels worse on inner corner and better on left outer.  Absolutely feels like something is way up in there in inner corner but I used an eye wash and I think it is just irritated.  Or whatever.  Naphcon A is only thing enabling me to get through this.  Urgent care open til 5, but I really just want to go to my OWN doctor ...the specialist.  Possibly if I were doing this over again, I should have gone to ER/urgent care doctor on Friday and maybe it would be a non issue now.  But I could be in the opthamologist office in less than 24 hours now ...if they can take me as an emergency.  If I was seeing lights or had extreme symptoms causing great pain or blurred vision ...I would immediately go to the ER. I do know to do that.  Odds are they would check but in end refer me to private doc anyway...says me.  Of course I would tell anyone else not to risk their eyesight and get checked now.  Do as I say ...not as I do.

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