“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
― Ernest Hemingway
As we headed back home from a wonderful holiday in Wales and a lovely weekend in Cheltenham Cathy started complaining her eyes weren’t focusing. Something which we put down to a fairly hectic schedule since we arrived and to being tired. By the time we arrived this had got worse and was seeing double. By the next morning this was still the case so we sought medical advice. She was referred to Shrewsbury Hospital straight to the acute ophthalmology department. There they discovered that the 6th nerve in her left eye had stopped working. They did several tests but not found anything. She was told that it wouldn’t be advisable to travel back to Qatar until she had had an MRI scan to determine exactly why this was happening. To speed things up we decided to go private. Within 48 hours Cathy was laying in an MRI scanner in what is probably the most expensive trailer in the UK. Time was running out as we were due to fly back to Qatar in less than a week and without the results we wouldn’t be able to fly. Eventually after considerable pressure on staff, we had her MRI results on the Monday (we were leaving on Wednesday). All results were clear, her Dr was happy for her to fly back to Qatar, the MRI scan discarded one of the strongest and most common reasons for this which is a mini stroke as well as a number of other more serious possibilities. She was given a pair of glasses with a prism on one side which help her eye to aim in the direction it should be pointing, this has helped a bit and means that she has been able to drive. There has been a little bit of improvement since all this started but certainly nowhere near back to normal. We are now back in Qatar and having more tests done to determine what has caused this as well as to how to either fix it, treat it or deal with it! We have cancelled our holiday to Sri Lanka to get things sorted here.
Good bit of news is that due to the fantastic health care here we seem to have moved forward. Cathy saw a Dr yesterday and of course was referred to an ophthalmologist for today. She had more tests including having her eyes anaesthetised and a camera placed against the eye ball. She had lots of internal photos taken showing that the 6th nerve is in fact swollen. Her test results show an improvement on the ones she had last week. Even though they don’t know exactly what has caused all this, they think it’s a virus which will clear up in time. We have been cleared to travel so we will go on a road trip across Saudi Arabia, into Abu Dhabi followed by Dubai and ending up in Muscat, Oman. We will spend a few days there where we will celebrate Katja’s birthday.
We had a lovely time in the UK, it was brilliant seeing people and catching up with long lost friends. It is a shame it ended the way it did but such is life!