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Setbacks

I had the follow up with the retina doctor on the 24th - good news initially. The bleeding in my eye had resolved, there was nothing wrong with my retina and it was time to get back to life. Stop the atropine drops and resume my normal activities. I think he may have forgotten how crazy some of my normal activities were though...

I planned on easing back into things, did an easy four mile run that day and then a five mile run Saturday. Two short mountain bike rides over the weekend on very non-techy trails and things seemed good. Sunday night had no issues and I could still see just fine. Monday morning, woke up, went for a little longer run and noticed the fuzziness was back. Exact same presentation as before - lots of small black floaters and gradually reducing visual acuity. Crap, crap, crap. With calls placed to the triage desks of both the eye and the retina docs, I went to work and pretended everything was fine. But I knew something was going on again. Finally got some appointme…

Behaving

Eyes are hard. Once the vision started coming back in my left eye, it's been a challenging week. I still have restrictions on what I can do and how hard I can do it. No running, no lifting, no mountain biking. Walking and trainer rides - as long as I keep the HR down and don't get crazy doing things. But nothing "feels" wrong - there's no pain like with an injury that would limit mobility - just a little photophobia and now resolved cloudiness in my left eye. That has made behaving even harder - since nothing really seems wrong. I should be able to get out, hit the single track and get some solid workouts done. I should be at work, doing something useful. But I'm not - I've been at home, doing my best to stay busy within the limits of what I am allowed to do.

Trainer workouts - but keeping the HR under 130 so I don't stress the eye too much. Walking to and from the library, and around the neighborhood. Doing easy chores around the house - like scrubbi…

Beware the eyes of March

Okay, so it's a bad pun. Ides of March, eyes of march - makes for some nice word play to lighten up my cranky eyes. Yes, my eyes are "special" and for some reason, they really don't like March. At least the left one. The left one is absolutely my Brutus, stabbing a dagger into the best of plans. Back in 2011, it was a retinal detachment and small tear that had me taking an unexpected month off. But I bounced back from that, finishing the Xterra West Championships in 10th. It wasn't pretty, coming off the couch to attempting to race, but I managed.

Well, this time it's a little different issue that's keeping me from playing. Not another retinal detachment, but something even rarer. Of course - me and my special eyes! On the Ides of March, the vision in my left eye started getting cloudy. And kept getting cloudy until by the evening I could really only see general shapes. No details at all. I was doing my notes at work with my left eye closed so I could foc…