Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Of living and learning and migraines

Yet another visit to the ER occured last night. This time it was Tall One who was taken in, not grandma. But rest assured, everything's ok. Well, Tall One wouldn't agree with me on that one yet, not after his visit to the ophthalmologist today...but he'll be perfectly ok soon enough.

It happened last night right after Tall One finished his homework (or more accurately, when I interrupted him). He became partially blind. This has happened twice before in his teenage years, and we always treated it like allergies. But this time dad said that it might be worth checking out, so mom took Tall One in to the ER. He had fully recovered his vision before they even left the house, though. And he soon developed a minor headache.

He spent maybe a couple hours at the ER, and they came up with the tentative diagnosis of a migraine.

I found this funny. Not "ha ha" funny, but weird funny. You see, I was talking to someone just the other day and found out that migraines are actually neurological things, and that sometimes they don't involve a headache at all (before, I'd thought that a migraine was simply a crippling headache). That was just a few days ago. And then Tall One got a migraine last night.

Yes, the ophthalmologist confirmed today that it was a migraine. Specifically, an optical migraine. Ever heard of an optical migraine? I hadn't, not until today.

Live and learn. Sometimes migraines don't really involve headaches. Sometimes they mainly cause partial blindness.

Tall One's doing fairly well now, though. Or anyways, he will be once he recovers from his visit to the ophthalmologist. They poked and prodded at his eyes, and used weird eye drops that messed up his vision. He preferred being partially blind. Oh yeah, and now he's off to his bagpipe lesson! He's not gonna let a little thing like bad eye sight keep him from his lesson. :)

1 comment:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I hope this doesn't become a regular thing! Glad it was so short.