Seeing How Things Play Out

No further word on the dog. I am anxious to know either way, but the world works at its own pace, I guess.

The eye doctor was the eye doctor. I really like my eye doctor. She’s great and she’s stabilized a lot of my eye issues. But this was the year when she told me that 40 is not only going to be the start of mammograms, it’s going to be the start of someone more qualified than her monitoring my retinas. So, it’s nothing to freak about but I still find it unsettling.

She was like, “People say their eyes are really bad and that they’re blind without their lenses, but in your case, it’s really, really true. Your retina problems are just exactly what we’d expect to see in someone as nearsighted as you.”

But the thing is that I’ve always has my mom as the marker for what really bad nearsightedness is, so I’ve always felt like mine can’t be that bad. So, it’s taken some adjustment to settle into the idea of it being bad and it causing situations (problems is too strong, I think) that need to be monitored.

I don’t know. There’s just nothing to make you feel like you’re skating out on the thin ice of lucky like hearing all the things that go wrong for people like you but haven’t gone wrong for you yet.

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2 thoughts on “Seeing How Things Play Out

  1. But your mother’s eyes weren’t always this bad. She too at some point had the retinas of someone with extreme nearsightedness. Yes? I think it’s probably good to get you to see a specialist sooner rather than later given her history, not just your current state.

    On the other end, though, I’m wondering about that mammogram. You’re going with starting at 40 instead of the more recent–but yes, hotly debated–standard that says wait until 50?

    I say that we’re all skating on ice. You just know where some of the thinner parts are. Turns out thats helpful even though it feels less safe.

  2. Oh, I know. It’s just a weird thing to wrap my head around. I mean, I guess it shows the problem with the whole “only go to the doctor when there’s a problem” mode, because it wouldn’t occur to me to think that I needed to see some specialist now, if there weren’t someone who looks at my eyes every year.

    As for mammograms, I don’t know. I’ll go with whatever the gynecologist wants to do. My GP thought my gynecologist would do a baseline one last year, but it didn’t even come up.

    There’s no history of breast cancer in my family and I’m pretty much always fiddling with them, so hopefully that will continue to serve me.

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