Not the Eye!

Two nights ago Mom felt a weird tingling sensation on the left side of her face, between her cheek and eye. She looked in the mirror and everything looked fine. She went and told Dad but by then the tingling was going away. She said she thought she was fine but asked Dad just to keep an eye on her.

When Mom woke up the next morning there was something in her field of vision. It was like the bottom half of a smoke ring, right up at the top of her line of sight. To say that Mom and Dad were concerned would be an understatement. Dad immediately thought that Mom might have glaucoma! They called our family doctor to see if he could find room in the schedule to see her but the receptionist said they’d have to wait for a call back. Then they called the practice that did Mom’s Lasik surgery back in 2006. The triage nurse said it sounded like a retina issue and referred Mom to a retina specialist. The retina specialist said they couldn’t see Mom until the next morning because she’d be a new patient and that requires a full workup which takes a long time. It was about 11ish in the morning and they were booked solid for the day. (They can only squeeze new patients in at 8:30 unless scheduled in advance.) Our family doctor’s office called back and they could see Mom in the afternoon so she took the appointment. By this point, the weird half circle had finally faded but Mom and Dad didn’t want to take any chances. The tingling ended up coming back but it went away again before they even left to see the doctor.

When they got to the doctor’s office, Mom had her vision checked. Still 20/13 in both eyes, not bad! They checked Mom’s vital’s and then the doctor came in and asked a bunch of questions. He ruled out a stroke and said that was about all he was trained to do at this point. But he recommended Mom not drive until cleared by the retina specialist the next day.

On a side note, Mom told the doctor that this pain on her right side is getting worse. He gave her the name of a couple of D.O.s that he highly recommended so Mom’s going to call them this afternoon.

The retina specialists’ practice was pretty nice. They had coffee in the waiting room which Dad really appreciated. There was not too long of a wait followed by a speedy and thorough basic eye exam by an assistant. No glaucoma, whew! Then there was a little wait for the actual specialist. When Mom and Dad finally met him he said he was pretty sure Mom had had a migraine. Who knew one could have a migraine without actually having a headache, but it’s true! He said not to worry if it happened again, as long as it went away on it’s own in good time. If it didn’t, he said to see a doctor but he didn’t expect that to happen.

So Mom and Dad had a little scare but it all worked out in the end and they learned something new. Bet you didn’t know that someone could have a migraine without any headache at all, did you?

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