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Can't Make Up This Stuff

I went to a neuro-opthalmologist yesterday afternoon. Afterwards I wanted to plant a camera in his office so I could watch him. He was just so cute! He was a gnome-like man with a tweed jacket, shirt, tie and dress pants. He took notes with a fountain pen while chatting with me. And when he broke the (good) news I was experiencing migraines for no known reasons, he couldn't always look me in the eye. His speech was rapid so I really had to focus on what he was saying. At one point he said something like, "If you ever experience a dimming in your vision, seek help right away and don't bother calling me. You're far too young for us to be having this conversation, but you should know it's a precursor to a stroke. Most people don't think about it and end up in the hospital two days later. So if this helps one of your loved ones it's good we had this chat."

This morning I went to a deli by my work for breakfast. I usually get a buttered bagel for carry-out but today I decided to get the buttermilk pancakes and bacon. While waiting for my order I get to hear the cashier chatting with one of the regular customers. The customer is a lawyer who specializes in DUIs. The customer asks about one of the other regulars.
And the cashier says, "Oh, he was in good spirits yesterday."
RC: Did he say he got a DUI?
CA: Yeah. He didn't show up the day before for breakfast and they were asking him where he was. Apparently he got picked up and didn't use his phone call so no one sprung him from jail.
RC: Oh! Well, he's got five days before his court appearance. But the courts have been lenient lately.
CA: Lenient?! I've had my fair share of DUIs and they aren't lenient.
RC: Oh, no, not with punishments but with the court dates. My specialty in the law firm is DUIs.
CA: And they can't expunge those from your records either.
RC: I know.
CA: I heard they can put them all together and go back like 10 years to get you on a big charge. I (either haven't had a DUI or my last DUI) was a year and a half ago.
RC: Yes, they have access to the records for 20 years.

I was just sitting there laughing at it. It was so funny.



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Mar. 7th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Did he mean dimming vision without a migraine? My migraines always involve problems with my eyesight, and frequently leave me blind for about an hour or so. Now I'm scared!

Mar. 8th, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)
The first time I had a migraine I saw the most beautiful white fireworks for several minutes. Nothing else. I saw them even when I closed my eyes. 4 - 5 hours later I got the headache.

This last time I saw floaters going around in circles and couldn't see anything else. I still saw them when when I closed my eyes. Half of them went away before disappearing. And the headache came 2 hours later.

I got the impression if my vision dimmed and didn't come back it was a warning sign of a stroke.
Mar. 11th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
I hope you can find a migraine medicine that helps you! All the varieties I've tried cause my neck and back muscles to tighten until I'm bent backwards like a bow. I'd rather drink coffee, take aspirin, and lie down in a dark, quiet room!


Edited at 2013-03-11 09:23 pm (UTC)
Mar. 7th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
^what she said.

Plus, now you know things about having a DUI without having to get a DUI (though I find most places are too lenient for my tastes regarding DUI).
Mar. 8th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
Yes, I know more about them then I ever thought I would. It was odd to overhear the conversation in a deli at 8:15am instead of at a bar at night.
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