Turn the danged lights down!


Had an appointment with an ophthalmologist today to check my eyes out after the weird thing they did when I had that stroke.

Not to go through all the details again, but basically, for two days, I could not look down. Yeah, I told you it was weird. But I’ve been mostly fine since then.

I checked out OK, but of course we had to do the dilate-your-eyes thing. So today has been sort of unreal. Good thing it was cloudy.

By the way, I cropped that selfie above (sorry about the poor quality) to zero in on the eyes.

Uncropped, you can see that after these months of working from home and not getting haircuts, I’ve got a little bit of a Gandalf thing going on.

You shall not pass!


3 thoughts on “Turn the danged lights down!

  1. Brad Warthen Post author

    Oh, by the way…

    This afternoon, I got a call from my cardiologist’s office. I have a cardiologist now, and a neurologist, at least for the moment.

    Anyway, they called to say that they got the data back from the heart monitor I wore for a month. It worked fine, and my heart seems to be fine, too. They made an appointment to see me again in a year.

    I’m having a scan done next week, ordered by the neurologist, and that’s the last thing they plan to check out for now.

    So if that goes OK my heart’s fine, my brain is fine, and my eyes checked out OK today.

    Which is all good. But I still don’t know why I had a stroke…

  2. Doug T

    15 years ago I woke up with blurry vision in one eye. Ischemic optic neuropathy…a stroke stopped blood flow to my optic nerve. No going back for that eye but I beat the odds that another occurrence would affect my other eye with 5 years. The doctors talking among themselves mentioned the word “bilateral” in front of me like I didn’t know what that meant. Like you I had all sorts of tests…heart, brain, carotid arteries. No underlying condition was found.

    Ya just never know.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      One thing I do know is that I’m VERY lucky. Most people have continuing symptoms. I just have this being-tired thing, and I occasionally have trouble remembering a word.

      Like… dang. There’s a word I haven’t been able to think of for days, and I thought if I just snuck up on it, it would come. It didn’t…

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