Blurred Vision, But Now She Helps Us See DVT
Tabitha woke up one morning in 2008 with slightly clouded vision in her left eye. Looking in the mirror, she noticed her pupil was shaped abnormally. The cloudy haze over her vision did not go away and kept progressing over the cornea.
Tabitha went to see specialist after specialist to determine what was causing her loss of vision. After about 2 years of being undiagnosed, high eye pressure and pain caused her doctors to diagnose her with Iridocorneal Endothelial Syndrome (ICE) syndrome.
ICE is a unique ophthalmic disorder that involves an irregular corneal endothelium that can lead to varying degrees of corneal edema, iris atrophy, and secondary angle-closure glaucoma.
The syndrome continued to progress causing major clouding and the diseased cells grew over the entire front of the cornea. The pupil continued to misshape and the cells replicated to cause a secondary condition of glaucoma.
After several surgeries for glaucoma, cataract and cornea transplant, Tabitha has some relief but has lost vision in her left eye. Due to the cornea becoming diseased she found herself taking several pain medications and eye drops for relief.
Tabitha was up to 1200 – 1600 mg of ibuprofen a day and was worried about her overall health. Tabitha’s doctor recommended she look into medical marijuana for relief. She obtained a patient card and researched which strains were going to help her with her ailments. She went to dispensaries looking for strains high in CBG.
Tabitha was disappointed to find that most dispensaries were not testing their flowers. Tabitha, an Organic Chemist for 16 years, decided to acquire, instrument, and develop a method for testing cannabis. She started to test her own meds and decided other patients needed to know what is in their meds so they can make the proper choices when it comes to choosing a strain that will benefit them. Tabitha opened Desert Valley Testing in November 2014 and continues to test patient meds and educate on the importance of testing.