OK, so I’ve been informed I’m supposed to give trigger warnings now. Since I’m not sure what the hell that means then “Don’t read this post is you a squeamish about bugs and parasite.” There, done. You’ve been triggered.
So, this morning I’m taking a shower as one does in the hottest most humid environment I can imagine. And I spot a little floater in my eye. Not a big deal really, but I entertain myself by trying to “catch it”. hmm, OK background. There is a show called Azamanga Daiyo and in one of the episodes the least intelligent character spends the whole episode trying to “catch” one of these floaters while everything else happens around her. So, sometimes when I’;m bored i’l try and catch one of these. Great eye exercise, but stupid and pointless otherwise.
So imagine my surprise when the floater doesn’t move right. I look up at it and suddenly it goes off to the left. Or I look left and it moves off to the right and down. That was odd… So, now my usual stupid game is kind of challenging. Fair enough, not sure what’s going on but I can play this game. First thing I do is face the wall, the white tile gives great contrast and I can see the light brown floater pretty easy. Then I notice it’s not a weird spec, it’s got a definite shape to it. I work a few minutes to squizzle it into my central view, and suddenly I’m like WTF is this? It looks for all the world like I’m back in grade school looking through a fuzzy microscope at a protozoa.
Being in my eye, it’s impossible to focus on the thing, but I could easily make out a thicker trunk like front, that was a darker brown and less transparent. In the back I could see a tapering tail that was fully transparent. Now I never saw this thing actually move. Sometimes I would see it curled, up, and sometimes straight on, but that could easily be rotation within the sphere of my eye. And I never got to just stare at the thing, it is in my left eye, so even if I got a bead on it completely it only lasted a second or less before it floated out of center and I had to work to get it back into the center of my eye. It’s still there, now that I know what I’m looking for I can see it floating around in my eye. It’s far less in focus now though, so I think that means it’s moved further back in my eye and what little focus I had is gone.
Now, as many know I have joked constantly about picking up a parasite in Taiwan years ago because my allergies, in Texas of all places, have all but vanished. Turns out maybe I shouldn’t joke about that kind of thing. Karma has a bit of a twisted sense of humor. Anyway, I told I-Ju and we are off to the doc today. Which means I’ll probably have plenty more material when I get back whether this turns out to be anything or not. If they remove my eye, fair warning I’m going to be a surly pirate when I get back.