Sunday, Bloody Sunday

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Monday, April 14, 2014

No, this post is not about Easter Sunday.  It’s about last Sunday (April 13).  This post is all about an Evil Eye.  In particular, my “evil” right eye.  I woke up last Sunday with a bloodshot right eye.  As the day wore on, my right eye got redder and redder and nastier and nastier.  By Monday (April 14), my eye was a red “mess” and it throbbed around the corners of my eye socket.  The cancer clinic nurse suggested I see my eye doctor as soon as possible.  According to my optometrist, I have a subconjunctival hemorrhage in my right eye; basically, a blood vessel burst in or around my eye.  My optometrist also said that it happens all the time and can be caused by a number of factors – straining to lift something heavy, bending over too quickly, sneezing too hard, and the list goes on.

What my eye doctor didn’t focus on was one of the more rare side effects of Imatinib (Gleevec), mainly blood in the eyes. According to several studies that I have read on-line, this somewhat rare problem may happen one or two times a year and, typically, goes away after a few days.  It’s not considered harmful to the eye or impacts your vision.

Which is pretty much what my eye doctor told me.  It will take a week to ten days to completely heal, and I should not do any heavy lifting or intense exercise for at least a week.  Oh well, I thought it would be nice to continue my attempt – sporadic at best – to get back into some semblance of shape.  That’s a whole separate post.

Anyway, the reaction of others to my eye has been somewhat comical.  Although today I was not feeling “funny” about having one more ailment to deal with.  I was feeling very pitiful and somewhat depressed about another medical “situation.”  In fact, Vicki has to deal with these “down” episodes more frequently, and I know it’s taxing on her.

Maybe Easter Sunday will perk me up a bit.  As they say, Miracles do happen!

Behind blue eyes.