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In terms of my writing, things are progressing nicely. If I was more organized, you guys would have 11 more letters to read for my Oasis fic right now. I've posted them all to the Oasis community although they're still locked for viewing as I need to get the table and prompt numbers and then decide where I'm breaking the story in order to post to the various communities. I'm anxious to post them but I'm not sure why (well, I do know why) because the next "batch" won't be ready for some time... :( But that's mainly due to NaNo taking up a lot of my time.

As for NaNo, I've either just broken 38,000 or 39,000 words. I only wrote just over 1000 words yesterday, so the progress I made on the weekend was kinda eaten up. :(

My day wasn't very productive because of the Something New I Learned Yesterday.

I was working rather frantically on a document at work when I realized there was something blocking my vision in my left eye. At first I thought it was equivalent to snow-blindness, you know, too much staring at the computer screen and my eyes just went a little wonky. Except it wasn't going away... after a moment of panic, I calmed down a bit and tried to figure out what was happening and discovered a grey, crescent shape off to the left in my left eye. At certain angles to the light, it was a flashing white crescent shape. The big thing was, it didn't seem to be fading. So, I called the optometrist and got an emergency appointment. My boss (who is far too good to me) took me to the appointment, hung around the mall waiting for the results, then took me home.

Results? No detached retina (yay!), eyes look healthy (yay!), there is a white floater in about the right position in the eye which is normal (yay!), and she thought it could have been an ocular migraine (ya - a what??),

Once my eyes recovered a bit from the drops put into them, I did some research on the Internet and came across a site that had an animation that was almost exactly what happened to me, so I think she was right. I mean, it might also have been the floater blocking my vision, but I've never noticed a floater in a perfect half circle/crescent before.

Apparently, "ocular migraine" is not quite the correct term, but it is considered a migraine. It's painless and lasts only about 20 minutes. There's really no treatment and no need to worry unless it starts to happen more frequently or if the vision doesn't clear up in a timely fashion (i.e., if it's still blocked after an hour or so).

Who the heck knew?? Well, the optometrist, obviously, but I certainly had never heard of such a thing. I hope it never, ever happens again because it's really, really scary - on the other hand, if it does happen again, I'll at least know what's happening and it won't be quite as scary, will it?? :)

So, that was my day yesterday. My eyes didn't recover from the drops until early evening, and I wasn't very motivated to write much - but I did get about 1000 words done. :) I'll be glad when NaNo is over - not because I detest the novel I'm working on (because I don't) but because I want to focus more on Oasis.

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phyllis629
Nov. 28th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Glad your eye is okay. That sounds very scary. I occassional get weird vision if I've been working on the computer for too long, but forunately it always goes away. Now I've learned something new as well - I'll keep it in mind!

Good luck finishing NaNo. I loved your Oasis letters - will comment on them today or tomorrow.
shirleyann66
Dec. 1st, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was a very scary moment, probably more so for me because I have a small phobia of something happening to my eyes - probably stemming from the time a butcher knife I was using rebounded off the cutting board and bounced off the lens of my glasses. {shudder}

I told the optometrist I felt rather silly especially since it had cleared up by the time I got there, but she assured me that ANY unusual vision needs to be checked out as soon as possible, so that made me feel a little better. :)
onceiwasaturtle
Dec. 1st, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
It is scary when anything strange happens in your vision.
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