Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Living with Autoimmune Disease: Finally Some Eye Progress!

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Given that the trials and tribulations of daily life with autoimmune disease sometimes seem to fill my posts here, I try to make sure that I share the good news with readers as well. And I have some good news.

While it might sound like a small thing, at my most recent ophthalmology appointment my physician said "your corneas look good".  This was like music to my ears.  That never happens, despite my best efforts.  The news actually put me in a happy mood for the rest of the day.  I called my husband, my parents, and even some friends after my appointment to share the good word with them.  Now this celebration might sound like overkill, but for me this was truly exciting since I never seem to catch a break.  As many of you with autoimmune disease know, it is not that often that our doctors appointments involve unequivocally positive reports.  My eyes had been feeling better recently--but in the past that has not necessarily meant that I did not have corneal inflammation or uveitis. I have actually come not to trust how my eyes feel as an indication for how they look.

This news was particularly fulfilling, because I actually felt like I had done something which had the effect of improving my health.  I had made a concerted effort to follow a strict routine to care for my eyes, which takes an incredible amount of time on a daily basis, and it was paying dividends.  (I have written about my routine in multiple blog posts click here, here, and here).

It is rare at least for me (and I am guessing for others with AI disease) that our actions seem to matter.  I try to do all the right things my doctors tell me to do to help my condition. It is time consuming and sometimes I have wondered if it makes any difference.  Well, I guess it is currently helping.  At least my eyes.  So I will certainly be keeping up with it.  I know this bit of good news does not mean that my eyes will necessarily stay stable.  But for now, I will just keep smiling and hope my eyes remain cooperative for a while longer.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on this achievement. Having an AI disorder myself, I know these little wins are incredible.