Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Health Issues

I've been hesitant to talk about the problems I've been having for a few weeks, but they're beginning to culminate into a much larger issue.

In late August, I was diagnosed with a corneal ulcer in my left eye, which is a nasty infection of an abrasion on the eye.  I presumed it was because we were in the middle of moving and kicking up dust.  I took antibiotic drops for a week and all seemed well - except the little white dot on the side of my iris never disappeared.  I eventually went in for the visible spot and was given steroid drops to clear up a accumulation of white blood cells in my eye.  One week of these drops and things seemed better.

About three days after I stopped the eye drops, I found that I had a bruising pain in my left eye.  I didn't notice it most of the time, but if I squeezed my eyelids shut or pressed my eye, it felt like the front part of that eye was bruised.  Over two weeks, I took a large series of steroid drops attempting to correct the problem.  When I was heavily on the steroids, things got much better - the pain would completely go away.  However, once I reverted to three drops a day, the pain would return with a greater intensity.

On Monday, I returned to my ophthalmologist who ran a few test.  While there, I found out that my prescription had changed drastically in both eyes despite having not changed since I was five years old.  In fact, I'd just had my eye exam in March and everything was normal as usual.  In addition to the prescription change, I have an astigmatism I didn't have in March.  They did an Optomap and determined that my retina and cornea look fine, but I do have some slight pressure behind my both of my eyes and my nerves are slightly inflamed.

I took this information to my doctor this morning, who did a variety of blood tests and ordered an MRI for Friday afternoon.  She said the most likely cause she's seeing is MS, but that a pseudo tumor or pituitary gland tumor (given my hypothyroidism), might also be to blame.

As a 25-year-old, I'm a little shocked that my body is failing me so quickly, particularly as I attempt to eat correctly and exercise at least three times a week.  The fortunate part is that all of the potential outcomes are either manageable for life or the survival rate is actually quite good given no complications.

There's nothing particularly religious or magickal I can say about this post at this time.  I will, of course, continue to update Witchy Words as usual to the best of my ability.  If I miss an update or you don't hear from me for a while, it's due to my health and I will return as soon as I possibly can.

Thank you for all your support!
-Marietta

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    1. Thank you! My recent entry covers the outcome of the results. It turned out well!

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  2. MS is quite treatable but you are in for a fight. Stay positive, find a dr who listens to you and is on the same treatment path as you. Sending good vibes your way for a good prognosis.

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    1. I really appreciate it! My recent entry covers the outcome of the results. It actually turned out for the better!

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  3. That must have hit you like a blow to the stomach. It must have felt like it knocked you right off your feet. I can imagine you are going through a really emotional time. I wouldn't say lose confidence though. There is always the chance it isn't the worse case scenerio. I had a doctor once tell me I had a leaky heart valve that was borderline to the condition where it would need replaced. I was told this at 16 years old. A few years later, another doctor was running the same test and confirmed that there absolutely was nothing wrong with my heart of my valve and it was just fine and wouldn't need replaced. I would say it's always wise to get a second or even a third opinion so you know you feel confident that this is the case. Even if the situation turns out that is the case, there are so many options and treatments available to help you live just as normally as anyone else so don't think that this is such a negative thing in the end. I know standing in my shoes I could sound like I'm preaching, but this could be a growing experience as well, something to teach you physically as well as spiritually. For now though, get another opinion and just try to smile and laugh, you'll feel loads better.

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    1. I deeply appreciate your comment. Thank you so much for your uplifting words! My recent entry covers the outcome of the results. Turns out, it wasn't the worst-case scenario every other doctor was making it out to be. In fact, it's an easy-to-treat temporary illness. Phew!

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  4. Positive Energy & Outcome. I would suggest checking out this video http://cannabisinternational.org as well as "The Beautiful Truth" www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvzDHGLEUyw I believe that if true sickness is upon you, that this could Heal You....;)

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    1. Thank you so much for the link! I will check it out in the near future. My recent entry covers the outcome of the results. It actually turned out well!

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  5. Hi, I've read several of your posts and I would like to follow you, but I am afraid that I won't find you again...

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    1. Thank you so much! There are several ways you can find me. The blog itself has Google Friend Connect on the right where you can subscribe, and an RSS feed linked at the top of the right panel. I've also linked my Facebook page, Pinterest and Tumblr there as well. In addition to all of this, I recently bought the WitchyWords.com domain, so hopefully it'll be easier to remember! Hopefully this helps!

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