Actually no, and that's the problem. Over the last few months I have noticed that my eye sight in the afternoons and evenings is getting worse. My eyes seem blurry and hazy as the day goes on and I struggle to look at something close and then immediately focus on something far away. It usually does focus eventually but sometimes it doesn't. I seem to end up staring at the clock for a good few seconds to read the time rather than the cursory glance.
I mentioned all of this to my consultant and she has referred me to the ophthalmology department to investigate Uveitis. Uveitis can be linked to JIA and is a serious problem as it can lead to blindness. At the moment I can not contemplate losing my sight and am trying not to think about this as a possibility right now. Treatment for it seems to be steroids, Methotrexate and Anti TNFs. I wonder whether the Methotrexate and Anti TNFs were keeping these symptoms at bay and when I came off them, the vision problems have become noticeable.
I am meant to be going out to dinner at someone's house tonight with my husband, but honestly it's the last thing I want to do. I'm flaring and feel like I've been run over by a bus. I don't know what the best thing to do is...the friend I am going to is not someone I know very well and she doesn't know much about or understand how I am affected by JIA so I don't feel as though I can pull out of going for dinner. On the other hand, I know that I need to just go to bed, or in a hot bath, or lie on the sofa under a duvet, with some painkillers, hot wax bath, heat packs and ice packs....but because I don't want to make a fuss, I'm going for dinner...please send pain-free vibes my direction!