First,I Want first I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe New Year's Eve. It is 4 p.m. here in Virginia and the US rainy and dreary.
I have not been on much in the last several months. It has been an up-and-down healthwise year for me out of work three times for three different issues PMR, balance and most recently, eyes.
This was this was my six Christmas without my youngest son I lost in 2013. It was my first Christmas with my only other older son Patrick in nearly 10 years. He actually came at Thanksgiving and came back on the Thursday after Christmas.
I finally made a switch from rheumatologist who did not say anything but his own opinion. I was hopeful a young female eight years practicing would be more up-to-date and flexible. I was wrong. I just saw her I am down to 9 mg prednisone starting October 2017. Because of my other health issues my taper slower than the norm. She wants me off not down but off so I guess I will hang out with her as long as I can and start the process all over again. How you can not be comfortable prescribing prednisone but you are comfortable with the leg length long side effects of Methotrexate and Plaquenil is beyond me. And given what I have gone through most recently with my eyesight I would beg to differ with taking a chance.
7 weeks ago I started having some issues with my left eye sight. I've always had floaters due to dry eye and other issues but they picked up quite a bit no lightning bolts. One morning I woke up and it was as if a curtain was pulled over my eye brown with about 50% Vision obscured. I made an eye appointment at least I attempted to I was told to come the following month. The next week I worked and things got bad really fast. By the time I saw the two eye doctors and retina specialist surgeon on November 19th things have progressed too far. I had emergency surgery on November 20th. I just found out this past Thursday that the surgery was a success and regards to not being totally blind. However, it was not a success and that the right now tear and attachment and the hole in the macula were too extensive for repairs. Anyone with the macula problem can relate to the wavy and what I call a squinched Bow-Tie fact of all square or straight surfaces. I'm told 6 to 9 months required to get used to this monovision. If anyone has experienced this I would love to hear from you. This was really the last thing I expected. Well hopefully the track record of 2018 will be left behind and the new year will be smoother.
Best to all. Janet