This just makes me ... MAD!!! This stuff never happens to me and I just don't have time for it!!! So last Friday night I was sitting in the recliner with my laptop and suddenly noticed that I was seeing a large, gray swirly "floater" in my left eye that wasn't there before, a bit like spider webs, or like if you put a drop of water color paint in to a glass of water. It's the kind that moves around every time you move your eye. It's not enough to disrupt my vision, just enough to be really annoying. And in addition to the "blob", when I look at the white computer screen or in the bright light outside, I can see a whole shower of tiny floating specks that weren't there before! And, Lord help me, I Googled it, never a good idea! And I learned that the sudden appearance of the floaters and specks can mean the beginning of a detached retina and should have immediate medical attention! Apparently it's quite common. Well, we have no opthomologists here and our local "hospital" is full of bozos, the kind of "hospital" that you would only go to if it was life or death. If I was ON FIRE, I would literally crawl past that place to get to the decent hospital 60 miles away! So I called yesterday and got an appointment with an opthomologist near the hospital 60 miles away, the one where my son had his hernia surgery last year. And I was surprised when I called and described the extent of my symptoms that they didn't seem to consider it a dire emergency and made the appointment for Friday. Apparently it's not so bad and it has actually gotten a bit better instead of worse. My son is going to take off work that day and go with me - he lives about half way between my house and this doctors office. I think he's more worried than I am. So I get to drive my clunky little car with the squeaky belt and the not-so-good tires all the way there and back and hope to high heaven that we can find this place. But I have no idea what will happen! I absolutely cannot be laid up with this! I live alone and have four dogs that require a lot of attention. Four dogs and no fence means lots and lots of potty trips outside with dogs on leashes, and I absolutely cannot get by without driving! So wish me luck! One slightly funny part though... for the first day or so, I kept automatically waving my hand in front of my face because some of the the "blobs" look like a bug buzzing around my head, or they look like when you have something dangling from your hair or stuck on your eyelashes in front of your eyes, or when you're walking in to a spider web. I finally got used to it and stopped doing that ... only to walk right in to a giant spider that was dangling from a web hanging from the ceiling of my covered front porch! AAAARRRRGGGHH!!!