This picture here? That you can decipher with the alphabet below? Well, it's looking like THAT is the root of my problem...!
No.... My problem isn't that I need to be more patriotic (um, "FLAGS")... It appears that I need the "Optika," (think, "optical"/"optometrist") where I can get eye care...
Yeah, after more tests today it appears that eyeglasses for looking into the distance are no longer optional -- when I think I need it -- and I need glasses all the time. My prescription used to be enough that I owned glasses, but I didn't really need to wear them unless I felt the need... And I really didn't like wearing them, so I didn't...
I should have.
My prescription has changed A LOT. It turns out I've been straining my eyes a great deal to see for the past year (and a half?). This likely lead to a migraine affecting the optical nerves -- which also lead to the temporary numbness on the right side of my body. The right side of my face is still feeling numb, but my vision is now "normal" -- i.e. what it was before the blurring yesterday.
I need to now get glasses and fill a prescription in case I ever feel a migraine coming on again.
I could have gotten the glasses today, but I want a second opinion about my prescription. My vision still wasn't 100% when the optometrist saw me... so I'm going to wait until Tuesday when I can see one whom I know is VERY good -- the mom of one of Katya's friends, who is also a well-known professor in Moscow.
It certainly didn't help matters that leading up to all of this, I've been swamped at both work and home with no reprieve for years. Without knowing anything about my life, all the doctors just assumed (they're used to dealing with expats) that stress had to have contributed to this.
So, well... Let's hope that this whole saga ends with a simple pair of glasses! And a lighter load at work... And at home...
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! I hadn't finished this "Part 2 Post" because I'm giving all my attention to Natalia on our first night alone while Katya is away on her school trip. We're snuggling in front of Year 3 of The Brady Bunch... YES, we managed to get that coveted complete series DVD set sent by Fed Ex via Chris's office...!!!!