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A simple and economical solution to dry eyes at night....

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I wear a CPAP mask and it leaks air into my eyes (and I don't think that is good for my eyes). Yesterday I finally thought of an easy solution...cover the eyes...I bought a sleep mask at Walgreen's for $9 (a little pricey but it is nice and has velcro so fits very well).

This morning I do not have dry,crusty eyes and am greatly relieved I am not worrying about air leaks into my eyes from the CPAP machine. Also I think it actually helped the mask to fit better (I have a narrow bridge of the nose and a small mask does not fit snuggly there.

Also, blocking out the light from my nightlight helped me stay asleep..

Thank goodness.

  
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MCGS62 12/14/2010 8:46PM

    That is good info. please post it on our team page!

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CATLADY52 12/14/2010 10:51AM

    Good for you! There really is nothing like a good night's rest. emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 12/14/2010 10:47AM

    That's good info to know. I don't know anyone who has to wear a CPAP machine, but it will be interesting to talk to my son-in-law about it, who works for a doctor where CPAPs are used with patients.

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Good news on eye tomography....

Monday, December 13, 2010

I have dry macular degeneration just in the beginning phase so my test turned out well. I need to check my vision a couple of times a week with the Amsler Grid to catch any change in my vision...particularly watching for distortion of straight lines and blind spots. I don't need to go back for a year unless I see changes with the Amsler Grid.

Anyone interested can find the Amsler Grid to check for vision changes on line with directions how to check for macular degeneration. Go to this website (among others):
http://www.preventblindness.org/eye_test
s/amd_test.html

If you have trouble printing the Amsler Grid, any ophthalmologist can give you a copy.




My sisters did not go to the doctor when they had early symptoms and waited too long and at the point they were at (after bleed in the eye) the doctors were unable to help them.

The doctor said I was lucky I did not wait and so I will keep checking my vision and follow-up whenever necessary so I don't suddenly go blind like they did. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CHALLENGER15 12/14/2010 4:09AM

    Glad it went well.

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MCGS62 12/13/2010 8:28PM

    emoticon That is great news!!
glad you caught it early!!

I hope you don't mind I'm going to post that link in our team " Living with Eye Diseases" there is a thread just for information like this. emoticon

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LINDALEE14 12/13/2010 8:26PM

    I am so glad that you had a good check up with the doctor....also that you are taking care of yourself. It can be a life saver...and in this case, a sight saver.

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DKELLEY35 12/13/2010 8:16PM

    Glad you had a good checkup and Thank you for the website. I'll check it out.

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THINAGAIN66 12/13/2010 7:55PM

    Glad your check up went well.

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Back to work today...eye tomography this afternoon.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Yesterday when I fell and got all upset and hyperventilated....I realized that probably was not good for my blood pressure. I am feeling better today but a bit worn out feeling from too much excitement.

I will work 6 hours today and after work I have a tomographic exam of my eyes to see if macular degeneration is the wet or dry kind.

For now, that is enough excitement for me. Plan to drive to work this morning and will leave 15 minutes early to account for possible slippery roads. (I only have to drive 10 miles.)

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MCGS62 12/13/2010 8:23PM

    I am late getting to my teams blogs today so I see there is good news. cant wait to read the next blog!


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Friday already????

Friday, December 10, 2010

As I am sparking, my 18-lb cat (who is hard to ignore) is sitting on the top edge of my recliner and swatting me in the head with his 2-lb tail....rather distracting...... emoticon He is an orange tabby who does plenty to amuse us....and is usually on the lookout for chances to get MORE FOOD.....

Today is my last day off from work as I have not had to work almost the past 2 weeks. I took 3 days of PTO and got 6 days off work for bereavement with my sister dying last week and my husband's sister dying this week. We will be going to the funeral tomorrow and unfortunately the weather is predicted to be very cold and possible 10 inches of snow tomorrow starting early in the day. I am planning on leaving an hour early to go only 20 miles but plan to see if there is a reasonable motel near the church so we can spend the night there tomorow night as I am concerned about getting stranded in a snowbank on the way home.

For now, getting safely to and from the funeral is my main concern....

I slept pretty well last night and am feeling ambitious regarding cleaning my house and doing laundry today.

Hope everyone has a great day and upcoming weekend!!! emoticon

  
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THINAGIN2 12/10/2010 11:15AM

    I have been stranded in a snow bank in a Kansas snowstorm! You are wise to plan around it. I hope that your travel is uneventful and that the weather holds for you. I am so sorry about your recent losses. Have a great day!

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/10/2010 10:42AM

    Best of luck on your trip - I'm still holding out that the predictions are wrong.

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MCGS62 12/10/2010 8:59AM

    Good luck with the weather and please extend my deepest sympathy.

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Back home safe and sound...weather is still good...

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Driving home from the hospital this morning was uneventful as the snow that was predicted missed us. We are supposed to get snow on Saturday which is the day we are going to my husband's sister's funeral. Thank goodness it is only about 20 miles from our house. I plan to start out early so we don't have to worry about being late.

In addition to the snow it is supposed to be below zero Saturday and Sunday. Guess winter has arrived and we better just deal with it!!! LOL

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/10/2010 8:29AM

    I hope you don't get the snow Saturday. That would give you one less thing to worry about! Take care. emoticon

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MCGS62 12/9/2010 9:24PM

    sounds like the forcast for Pgh. are you near PA?

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EMMABE1 12/9/2010 2:12PM

    Take care with the driving - roads can be bad in winter.

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LINDENSGIRL 12/9/2010 1:52PM

    There's not much else you can do! Glad you didn't have any trouble getting home from the hospital.

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