Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Is Running What Caused My Double Vision?

Click on these dates to look at my entries last year on June 20th, and June 21st-22nd.

That weird burning pain on my head lasted many months on and off after that day. I would place ice packs on it and it barely took the heat off. Then, they disappeared. However, by then, my double vision worsened in the fall and now, is barely corrected with my prescription. After seeing three ophthalmologist, they all agreed - I have sudden adult onset Esophoria. This is typically caused by an incident such as injury or illness.

Currently, I am waiting for a call from the Neurologist and just printed out my old blog entry and my Garmin run stats for June 20th for the doctor when I see them.

Was that ocular migraine in May 2012 a precursor? I had never had one before and never had one after. Did I suffer some sort of stroke on June 20th? Was it a severer dehydration issue than the doctor assumed?

Should I not run hard or fast for awhile? Is it NOT related to my running?

This waiting is hard.

And yes - I ran earlier today....and it felt great.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I'm Coming Baaaaack!!!!

I followed my eye doctors recommendation and resigned from my dream job this morning.  I have double vision and esophoria and it is aggravated with long hours, fatigue or stress.

  • I averaged 60 to 70 hours per week (excepting when marked off)
  • My work days were up to 11 hours 6 minutes long at times.
  • I was sometimes working until 1:30 am, after waking at 6am that morning.
  • Some of the jobs I worked were 3 day shifts that played havoc on sleep schedules

This all resulted in my eye sight degrading.

At times, my vision was sharp even when the glasses were clean. But at others, it was as if I were looking through glasses that had a thick layer of vaseline even though they were spotless. It wasn't safe to continue working in the railroad like that. Too many hours + esophoria = bad vision. 

The PLUS side of my resignation is that I get to start a running program again

With all those hours I was working the last six months, it was getting harder and harder to run. Today I put in applications for work everywhere, hoping I get 20-40 hours a week with a good company and I look forward to hitting the road tomorrow morning.

I need to.