I see blue, it is one of the odd side effects of my neuro condition when I get tired or before/during a major attack; or rather the whole world takes on a blue tint. I suppose if I had a choice between being “blue” or “seeing blue”, seeing blue isn’t that bad.
I first noticed it a couple months ago at the end of the sailing program (the one where I was ambulanced away) and kept saying; “Blue……blue……blue.” One of my eyes has always been a bit blue dominant and the other a bit yellow dominant but only when I have high fevers (like 103-106 degrees) does it get to the point where I can close one eye and the world is tinted blue and close the other eye and the world is tinted yellow (close both eyes really tight and it is sparkly!). I have added two pictures from our trip on the Sunshine Coast, BC. The on top is what the world looks like (if you can believe the disposable camera) while the picture below is similar to what I see (if perhaps even more blue).
This means the clouds are blue, and anything that might normally be grey (like pavement) and other similar dark colours becomes blue. These days, if I have a few days where I push myself physically or don’t get enough sleep then occasionally, before I sleep in the afternoon I will have a “Blue” episode. Earlier this week Linda was pushing me down the street and I was pointing at things and saying, “Blue” and she was saying, “No, that’s dark brown.” I point, “Blue!” Her: “No, that a sort of green.” It is easier for me to tell that the visual effect has happened outside because when the entire clouds cover is blue, that’s a pretty big clue.
Inside, in a darkened room however, it can sneak up on you, as I told one of my home care workers, “That top really looks good on you, blue is a good colour for you.” They looked at the top, they looked at me and said, “It’s not blue.” Eeeep! “Well,” I said, “What I see looks good, and after I sleep, I'll see if THAT colour top looks good too.”
My only problem is that I can’t seem to find any other cases of “seeing blue” as a neuro symptom and I feel rather embarrassed bringing it up since the few times I did (to some people with MS and a person with parkinsons’) they gave me funny looks. Oh well, on the one hand you might not want me to do the colour co-ordination for your wedding, but on the other hand, I do like the colour blue so I am sure to compliment more people on their good taste as time goes by.
Please let me know if you have any odd tics, visions or other (I do have the traditional double vision, partial blindness, inability to focus as well – just not as interesting as.....blue!)
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