There was a tractor cade going through our town on Monday. That’s where some tractor enthusiasts get together and drive their tractors from small town to small town. YES, I know it’s a little hokey. But I do live in the Midwest and the Midwest is filled with retired farmers or sons of farmers who collect and enjoy showing off their restored tractors.
Well, my daughters were all going to have their kids come to my house. We were all going to go to my son Karl’s house, four houses away, and sit on his lawn and watch the tractors as they drove through town. Karl’s house was on the route, that’s why the plan was to sit on his lawn.
I expected to write a lovely blog post filled with happy pictures of the grandkids waving to the tractors as they passed. Pictures like these…
But these pictures aren’t mine. I got them from the town’s Facebook page. I ended up doing something entirely different on Monday. Let me explain.
I had company from Friday morning until Sunday morning. Kayla and Jasper had left. I sat down to write some blog posts. I was way behind and tried to get some written before I headed out to the neighboring town to watch my grandson Carver’s ball game.
It was about a half hour before I was to leave. I was at the computer and my left eye did this funky thing. In my peripheral vision, there were flashing colors like a disco ball and then they all were pixelated. It didn’t go away right away. I even thought for a second that maybe I shouldn’t drive…but after five minutes I was normal.
I went to the game and told my nurse daughter Kalissa about the incident with my eye. Well, that was the end of anything I had planned. She wanted me to go to the ER and get it checked out. Apparently, weird eye things like that can be a precursor to a stroke….and of course, I’m a prime candidate for a stroke.
-blood pressure issues
I told her I didn’t think I needed to go. She said she would compromise. I would need to message my doctor.
Monday morning the grandkids and my adult kids started coming for the tractor cade. We had company stop by. Things were a normal hum of hectic but nothing terrible. I was busy making cinnamon rolls and cookies…Gannon was being my helper.
Company came and while they were at my house, I had another episode. UGH.
My doctor’s nurse called. My doctor was out but the other doctor who was in was looking at my case. She wanted me to go see my eye doctor and if they had no explanation for it, I was to go see the doctor in the afternoon. We had to leave all the kids with Kayla as the nurse told me no driving until we know if this was something. So Kelli drove me. Kayla stayed with the kids. UGH.
The eye doctor determined that my eyes were all good. No issues. If nothing else was found with the doctor, this might be classified as an optic migraine. I didn’t understand that as there was zero pain.
The doctor did some basic tests. Everything checked out okay. She decided to have a head CT done the next day.
Kelli took me home and we told Kalissa what happened at the doctor’s. Kalissa wanted an ultrasound done on my carotid artery. I was compliant and told her if you want it, you can call the doctor. She did. So Tuesday we added another appointment to the list.
Monday evening Kelli, Kayla, and I sat around and stitched while the kiddos played.
Tuesday Kalissa drove me to all of my appointments.
Everything turned out okay.
I have no idea what it was. It wasn’t painful. I was just weird. I’ve not had another incident since Monday morning. We are going with optic migraine for now…
I wasn’t going to even write about this but I know many of you reading are my age and older. I know many of you are also at risk for a stroke. I wanted to make sure you were aware that a weird eye thing can be a precursor to a stroke. The doctor took me totally seriously and wanted testing to see if I could be in danger. Luckily I wasn’t.
If something like this should happen to you, please take it seriously as well.
Just as I was wrapping up writing this, Kayla sent some pictures to me. Apparently, she took pictures of the grandkids when she took them to see the tractor cade. The neighbors were so nice and helped wrangle the kiddos. She had all seven of them there by herself. A HUGE shout out to great hometown neighbors!! I HUGE shout out to Kayla as well.
My Monday and Tuesday were nothing as I expected…but in the end, it was all good news and I’m so thankful for family who cares for me and doctors who are on top of things.