Ocular Migraine

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I’ve just spent the past half hour as a semi-blind person.  For a while, I sat at my desk straightening papers.  There was no way that I could see my computer screen to type.  After a while, when I felt that I could walk down the hall without running into a wall, I made the rounds saying good morning to people and catching up after the weekend.  I was passing time, waiting for the shimmering to subside and the Ibuprofen to kick in.

Not many people know that I have frequent bouts of semi-blindness.  It’s harmless and has been going on for probably 20 years.

The first time it happened, I thought I was having a stroke.  I’ll never forget that day.  I was in Menards with T and the kids (the oldest ones, anyway.)  The shimmering began, migrated, and enveloped my vision.  I remember walking along behind the cart deathly afraid that I would soon collapse and die on the spot, yet I said nothing.  I wonder how long it took me to figure out that I wasn’t actally having a stroke?  I don’t remember that part!

My vision is clearing now.  There are just tiny rainbows shimmering in the periphery of everything around me.  I feel shaky and worn out, but there’s no time to worry about that.

Happy Monday Morning!