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Feb. 23rd, 2001 | 04:47 pm
mood: tiredtired
music: Songs for a New World - Columbus, 1492

I spent today going to doctors. Trying to figure out what this odd illness that has been bothering me for the past... very long period of time. I thought it was a sinus infection, but it turns out that it's not. It's just overproduction of mucus caused by frustrated nasal membranes. Which means that if I take Afrin and this funky stuff she gave me to calm my nose down I will start to feel better. Because my sinuses may be congested, but they aren't infected. (I learned this by fact of the doctor shining a light through my face and showing me how one can see the sinuses through the roof of the mouth or something when they're not full but you can't do that when they're infected. It made sense when she explained it). Good to know.

The optometrist says I have been cured of my ambleopia, but I don't think he's right about that -- it's not really the sort of thing that can be cured. He was surprised that I only had to have one surgery, however, with the congenital eye problems that I listed for him and he told me that my self-induced vision therapy was a good thing to be doing. Go me. And I'm sure you all want to hear about my adventures to such things. I have decided, however, that I am going to get new glasses because the lense keeps falling out of my current ones which is highly annoying, and my favorite pair of glasses has now broken twice (the frames) and done so beyond repair. So now I'm going to get interesting artsy glasses with burgundy plastic rims -- small in frame size, though, so as not to look dorky, that will hopefully be better. I will probably consult with the glasses people about it first, though. I feel guilty since I don't really *need* new glasses -- my prescription has remained very stable over the past almost two years. I think part of that is that I wear my glasses very seldom so my eyes adjust to what is demanded of them to some extent and I see better than I see. I don't really know, however. Oh. And I didn't let him dilate my eyes -- I made a special appointment for that on a day when I have time to do such a thing and no agenda.

I also made a dentist appointment. See me be responsible. =)

I got a 58 on my Chem midterm. Above average. This makes me very happy.... I can definitely do better on the next test, being a bit more aware of what to expect, but to know that I got better than average and also estimated my performance fairly accurately makes me happy. That and the fact that my grade is probably somewhere around an A- on this exam. which is GOOD. Because it helps my grade in Chemistry, which is always a good thing.

I'm also starting to get somewhere in World Cultures. I'm beginning, finally to get on the same wavelength as the T.A., which is good because even though the professor ultimately gives me my grade, the T.A. is more responsible for it than he is, plus he gives me my participation grade. It's funny how akward recitation seems, though. There are a few talkative people and a few people who are silent so most of the hour and fifteen minutes is filled with silence, not the lively conversation that could be happening. Of course I keep silent about most of the things that I'd like to say because though they make sense to me, they don't seem to be the sorts of things the T.A. wishes us to see, think, say or talk about, so then my skills at playing the game of academia come into play and I say only a few choice words but ones that are right on the dot of what should be said.

I'm glad it's Friday. And I'm glad I'm going to a B'way show on Friday. and I'm glad a certain person answered my email. I owe emails to too many people, but I will answer them this weekend. Because I can. I will also clean my room and sort through the mail that has been pilin up. Because the current state of disarry is unacceptable, but I have been too busy this week to do anything about it. So it is time to do something about it now.

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from: anonymous
date: Jun. 2nd, 2001 05:15 pm (UTC)

You know, I also have ambliopia (as I was told) and when I was little, I had to wear an eyepatch. I find, now that I'm getting older, that it seems much more noticable and it's affecting the way I feel about myself. What do you know about surgery? When I was younger, I was told that it's not a permanent solution.


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Re: ambliopia

from: stellae
date: Jun. 2nd, 2001 08:34 pm (UTC)

I actually don't know much about surgery at this point. Mine was when I was two and the technology has come a very very VERY long way since then. What they did for mine was basically to adjust the lengths of the different eye muscles and then gave me a lot of exercises to strengthen them so that they would grow properly. Plus 3 sets of eye drops every day for six weeks after surgery to prevent infection. Not fun, but in my case it was well worth it. BUT, doctors don't like to do surgery unless the problem is really severe because a lot of times they risk overcorrection.

These days there are also some in-office treatments to correct it. Basically they make you focus your eye on something so that it stays in the right position and give you a shot which paralyses the eye muscle that causes the ambliopia.

In any case, if it's bothering you, go see an opthamologist (not an optometrist) about it. To get a referral, tell your doctor (general or optometrist) that you're considering having surgery to correct the problem and you want an expert opinion.

Hope this helps!

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