I Am Down, but I Am NOT Out! (approx. 2 min. read)

As you know the last few months have been pretty stressful and although I have taken a few breaks, they haven’t been enough. 

The week before I got shingles, my eye sight really started to get kind of scrambled; for lack of a better word, and I had trouble focusing. I also felt quite dizzy, and when I looked at certain objects; they appeared kind of wavy; almost like they were moving. 

So when I got the diagnosis of shingles, I just figured the changes in my vision were due to a side effect of the shingles. That they’d clear up when the rash did, but when they didn’t I booked an appointment with my optometrist to get them checked out. 

Turns out I have central serous retinopathy; again. I had it once before about two years ago when I was going through another really stressful time, and was receiving nasty messages and emails; much like the ones I’ve been getting lately. 

CSR is a recurring condition in which fluid accumulates in the central region of the macula and if recovery is prolonged, damage to the retina can occur. They aren’t sure what causes it, but one of the known triggers for this disease is an elevated stress level, and it may result in mild to moderate vision loss. 

Needless to say I have to take a little time off ... not from the book, but everything else. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends writing my book and my blog, as well as doing some free lance editing ...then add in the stress of the last couple of months and I guess it was too much for me.  

I have a follow up appointment on July 19th to see if I’ve gotten it under control. I was able to completely reverse it the last time I had it, and I know I can do it again ...I have too.  

You can still follow me on Twitter as well as Facebook, and I’ll keep posting but not as often. As for my website; I’m going to be taking a break from that as well, but someone will be maintaining the site for me. As well as forwarding any positive emails or comments, so if you want to reach me you can still do it that way. 

Stay safe and stay strong. Thanks for following. xo