Been a busy week health wise for dh and I. On Wednesday we had to be at the Toronto Western Hospital for 8:30 am, as he had an appointment with the Eye Surgeon at either 9 am or 9:30 am, no one could make up their mind which one it was? Didn't matter as no one got in on time. Dh had to have a Laser Iridotomy.
Laser iridotomy is a surgical procedure that is performed on the eye to treat angle closure glaucoma, a condition of increased pressure in the front chamber (anterior chamber) that is caused by sudden (acute) or slowly progressive (chronic) blockage of the normal circulation of fluid within the eye. The block occurs at the angle of the anterior chamber that is formed by the junction of the cornea with the iris. All one needs to do to see this angle is to look at a person's eye from the side. Angle closure of the eye occurs when the trabecular meshwork, the drainage site for ocular fluid, is blocked by the iris. Laser iridotomy was first used to treat angle closures in 1956. During this procedure, a hole is made in the iris of the eye, changing its configuration. When this occurs, the iris moves away from the trabecular meshwork, and proper drainage of the intraocular fluid is enabled.
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In layman's terms, there are channels around your eye ball's, that slowly close up. If allowed to close up you can go blind. So they make a hole in your iris and this allows the liquid to wander around the eye and releases the pressure.
It was very successful and he goes back in two weeks for a follow up appointment. I couldn't even sit through the consultation and testing as it totally grossed me out. We all should pray and hope that I NEVER EVER need anything done with my eyes as I am a total baby when it comes to eyes. It was $28 to park for over two hours at the hospital, luckily I found a parking spot across the road for $10. It took us two sodding hours to get to the hospital from our house. How people commute to down town Toronto is beyond me!!!
On Tuesday morning I went to the Optometrist's to have an eye exam. I would rather go to the dentist and have my teeth pulled than have my eye's tested. I DO NOT DO DROPS what so ever, so he made me do a slew of tests on my eyes and charged me $60 for those and $90 for the actual eye test. My prescription has gone up to 1.75 from 1.50, so I need to get new lenses for my eye glasses for reading and close up work. Otherwise my eyes are fine, and I left the office telling him I was NEVER EVER having those tests done again!!!
I then went to the doctor's about my rotten hand. I have arthritis in my thumb joint that is why it is so sore. Anyone with arthritis in their hands what do you do/use to get some relief. I am being sent for another nerve test in my hand to see if the nerves are pinched AGAIN. I also need x-rays on my hand to see what else is going on.
I wish I had never let her touch my right hand. I can only type for a certain length of time now. Driving kills me, hoovering is not much better. I have very limited strength now in the right hand. Once I have had the nerve test done I can then book an appointment to see the hand surgeon again. There is no point doing it now until I get all the test results back. My mam has arthritis in both of her hands, so it is maybe a hereditary thing?
If anyone has first hand info on arthritis I would love to hear your story.
So there you are. I am hoping that's it for doctors for the next week or two!!