Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Why I'm Seeing Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum

Dear John,
 
The day went totally pear-shaped. It started out with heavy fog that lasted long enough to cancel school. I went to the Post Office and bank, and headed to Goshen at 25-30 miles per hour on County Road 40. I suddenly started seeing new floaters in my right eye, so I turned on County Line Road, pulled over, and called Rick's office. While I was waiting for them to call back, I realized the floater was getting worse and had flashing lights in it. It was in the upper half of my vision and looked for all the world like a cell looks under a microscope. It had a double black line where the cell membrane would be, no nucleus, but had all the other organelles, mostly mitocondria and lots of rough endoplasmic reticulum. It was really cool to look at.
 
Anyway, I went north to 600 south and turned back home. I wasn't going to keep going to Goshen if my vision was getting worse. When I got home I called Rick's office back; they said to get there ASAP but not to drive myself. I scratched my head a bit and called Cindy at the church, so she came and got me, bless her heart. Rick dilated my eyes, examined, took pictures, and knocked my socks off. No floaters, no bleed, no detachment - it was an ocular migraine.
 
It was fascinating. It seems that you can have optical effects as the aura to a traditional migraine - knew that - or can have just the optical effects and no headache. I told him about the headache I had on November 8th, which seems to have been a migraine. I had blurred vision, dizziness, and nausea, and it was frontal. Well, after I got home, had lunch, and took a nap, I woke up with the beginnings of a frontal headache with dizziness and nausea. I took aspirin - it helped, but my head still doesn't feel right. I was going to make cookies tonight but I was way too nauseated. The nausea comes in waves, just like I've had all my life - maybe I was having migraines and didn't know it. My grandmother had them, so I've got the genes. And it turns out that most people with migraines had trouble with car sickness as children, and I certainly did.

So Jen is now my Migraine Mentor. She has them and knows the ropes, so she's been walking me through this and telling me what I should and shouldn't do. I'm so grateful to have an expert in-house, so to speak. We'll see where this goes. If nothing else happens, I'll wait and talk to Joe about it at my regular yearly. If I keep having symptons, I'll have to see somebody sooner.

I wish you were here - you'd love this. It's absolutely fascinating. I've learned so much today - from Rick and Jen, and the Internet. You're probably not at all surprised to hear that something else is wrong with my head. But I know you're sorry about it. I'd choose not to  have migraines if I was asked, but since I've got them I might as well learn all I can about them. And they are fascinating. I'll keep you posted.

And speaking of keeping you posted, I don't know if I'll be able to write to you while I'm in Springfield. I don't know what internet access I'll have. So if you don't hear from me until Sunday afternoon, don't worry. Jen and Elyssa will be here with the dog, and will have some friends over. So Jethro will be very happy while they're here and completely exhausted next week. I'll miss him over the weekend.

Please keep praying for my head, and for the drive there and back, and for the beastie staying in the house for the first time without either of us being here. I love you so much. And I'm so thankful for 38 years of knowing you, 34 of being your wife, and the hope of eternity with you.

Loving, waiting, and hoping,
Joan.

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