Since last July I have had some visual problems – it is hard to describe what these consist of: I have found focusing hard, by about midday I just want to shut my eyes and stop seeing, I am exhausted, I have bad double vision and nausea nearly all the time. I really struggle to drive on dual carriageways, so don’t – in fact I struggle in busy places full stop. It has had a pretty negative impact on my life to be honest and made me feel quite wretched.
I got my eyes checked in August and got some lovely new glasses – they worked wonderfully but a couple of months later I was having problems reading again and my sight has just got worse and worse. Then a month or so ago I realised I had blurred patches in the vision of one eye – so I went to see my optician, who is wonderful and a lot more use than the GP has been.
I saw a neurologist at the end of last year who thinks it might be visual vertigo (and I am still waiting to start some rehab for this). They organised an MRI of my head last week which was thankfully clear (but don’t even get me started on the locum neurologist who discussed the scan with me….). But it was the optician who sent me for the OCT – a fancy scan of my eyes – that I had today. And it turns out that my optic nerve is inflamed or something – I am not very good at processing medical information. I try and listen, but much of it sounds like waah, waah, waah ….. now i know how ms students feel when I am telling them about assessments! Anyway, from what I remember I will be referred relatively soonish (i.e. in the next couple of weeks) to the eye hospital/clinic and the doctors there will try and establish the cause and treatment. The person doing the examination did say however that possibly it is the problem with my optic nerve/eye that has been causing the nausea and other symptoms.
I was both pleased and worried – pleased that finally something is being done and slightly worried about what might be wrong. But you know what? At least I will soon get an appointment which will hopefully begin to get to the bottom of this.
Meanwhile, despite saying that I would keep my gardening notes on-line, I have been slightly remiss – but here is my first 2018 planting/sowing update – a lot has been happening here so I behind with my planting.
I have planted early peas, mange tout and broad beans in gutters in the poly tunnel.
I have covered them with enviromesh as if you don’t, the wretched rodents come and steal the peas and beans. Here is the evidence….
In propagators in the house I have planted Amish paste, orange banana and Green Zebra tomatoes; sweet green, monster yellow, orange bell and lipstick red peppers as well as red hot chilli; aubergines, marketmore cucumbers, basil, and alfredo courgettes. So far only the cucumbers and the Amish paste have started to sprout.
The onion sets planted in the ground in the polytunnel have started to sprout.
I also planted a later batch of red onions in pods to plant out later.
N.B. As part of the process they put some drops in my eyes which hurt but also made seeing in the sunlight almost impossible and ratcheted up the nausea to 11 on the scale. Seriously i ca’t believe I took my sight for granted for so long …. eyes I love you, please get better soon.