Friday, October 10, 2008

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

It has been a very busy week to say the least with Stress added to it. I didn't have good news yesterday at the eye doctor. Aside from the fact that I need bi-focals, my eye doctor, who is a new doctor working at her dad's practice by where I work, is also like a therapist with the most kind spirit and compassion, which I really needed. First of all, after she introduced herself to me, I shook her hand and she reminded me a little bit of my daughter.
She began by telling me about her day of examining crying children all day and was glad to finally have a quiet, peaceful time with me. After the exam and dialating my eyes, I went out to look at frames while waiting on the rest of the testing. That in itself was not an easy task. There are only about a zillion styles & colors to choose from, but with the help of one of the staff, I chose a pair. Then after getting measured and paperwork involved, I was taken back to finish the exam and the dr. noticed something that she needed further pictures of, so we go in another room to have that done. When she looked at the results she said "just what I thought" and my heart immediately started with the palpatations and I could feel the blood pressure raising again. She showed me the pictures of the eyes and where some blood vessels are abnormal from having high blood pressure and the part that was scary was that I developed a Hematoma, which is a hemorrage in the back of my right eye. I also am developing cataracts. She said if it went untreated it could cause blindness or stroke. She said I need to see my general doctor asap to have the blood pressure checked and get on meds to control it. She also wants to see me back in 6 weeks, when at that time might want to send me to a specialist. Well, I was so emotional, so what do I do? I broke down in tears and she looked at me and said it's going to be ok. She gave me tissues and was so caring. I told her that I have been taking care of everyone else but neglecting my own health. She said, well now it's time to start taking care of you. After my good cry, I looked at her and said, I bet you didn't think your day would end with a grown person crying....we had a big laugh out of it. She said it's better to let out your emotions. God knew exactly what I needed and it happened to be my new eye doctor, who I want to send flowers to today. She was not only my dr., but a comforter and I really needed that! Thanks Dr. Moses!
p.s. I did take her over flowers on my lunch hour and she called to thank me after coming in and seeing them. She was so surprised!

12 comments:

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh, it's all going to be ok. I am so glad that you are able to get it taken care of and it didn't go unnoticed. She sounds wonderful. I bet she'd love flowers, or even a little card to say thank you.

Steph

Sharon Brumfield said...

How tender is our God? He knew just what you would need and He provided it in advance. He is sweet that way.

Now it is time to look after yourself. I guess that was a much better wake up call than something much worse. And you are kind of on the way to healing already because dropping some weight should help the blood pressure problem. My Dad is really into natural health remedies and he advises that you check into Protease--it is an enzyme.You can get them at your local health food store and high doses of this three times a day should clear up the blood problem in the eye and may also help your blood pressure.
Now see it is a good thing I am at Mom and Dads right now.
I am so glad you had such a sensitive doctor. Take care of yourself! That is an order. :)

Anonymous said...

I agree Sharon . . . now is the time to 'take care of you!' . . . for me! Spend some time relaxing this weekend, prop you feet up and let everyone else 'wait on Mimi'!
Love you,
Diane

Erin said...

Aww, Rhonda! I am praying for you during this uncertain time. I remember when the eye doctor told me that I was an early glaucoma suspect. Can you imagine how hard I cried? I was only 20 and they were telling me this!

I am a frequent visitor to the eye doc as well!

Courtney said...

I think you are wonderful for sending flowers. It will make her day that you cared enough to say thanks in such a special way.

On the brightside, you caught it and that is great news!

Crooked Eyebrow said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful dr to take care of you.

You are just as important as everyone else. Take care of your self!

I hop you have a wonderful weekend. Treat yourself!

Erin said...

I am glad that you have such a sweet doctor--my husband sees Dr. Moses! Definitely take care of yourself, and I am sure everything will turn out okay in the end.

Sharon - Mom Generations said...

Oh, Rhonda... I am so sorry that you had that bit of bad news... but thank God you went for the eye exam and discovered it before something awful happened. My mom recently had both eyes diagnosed and surgically treated for cataracts. Everything is perfect now.

Now... I sound like an old fuddy-duddy... but MAKE SURE all of your other tests are up-to-date! You have so much joy to give and joy to receive! (I should talk... I just had a mammogram after 3 years... thank goodness, all is well).

Rest this weekend!

Sarah said...

Cataracts aren't what they used to be. You can have them taken care of with lazer treatments and there is very little downtime. The hematoma can also probably be removed at the same time. Please take care of your blood pressure so this doesn't happen again! Don't make me worry about you!:-)

Susie said...

Rhonda, it will be ok. Get on blood pressure meds and do physical exercise because that reduces stress. The way I look at it our bodies were never meant to have the kind of stress that triggers fight or flight for more than a few seconds =just enough to get away or fight the danger. When you walk for exercise the body senses that you are responding to fight or flight and can calm down. I had 2 retinal bleeds in my left eye and after lots of blood tests decided my blood pressure was too high for me even thought it usually was 140/80. Now there is no sign of the retinal bleeds.

chrissy said...

Rhonda, it sounds like you have found a wonderful Dr. right the right moment. So happy to read you are able to take care of you and OMG! How thoughtful of you to take her flowers! Amazing!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Rhonda you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take some time to rest and take care of yourself.