Polly Technic is Taking Sick Leave…

It is with great sadness and much apprehension that I am making this announcement. Due to serious, chronic health problems, I must take a break from Perfume Polytechnic.

Last year I had a laser eye procedure to bring my ocular hypertension under control. Without this procedure I might have developed glaucoma, which runs in my family. It worked, but it brought with it a whole host of other problems: constant eye pain, dry eye syndrome, eye infections, and vision changes. The last five-six months in particular have been hell. The ocular hypertension is also returning. And, I already had a whole host of other chronic health problems to deal with that I won’t even mention here. Life isn’t fun. Autoimmune disease sucks and is very poorly understood and treated.

Using a computer to work is now very difficult and makes my dry eye problem worse. Smelling perfumes has also become a health hazard as I seem to have become sensitized to so much of what’s around me. I suspect I also have a chronic sinus infection that is adding further complications to the eye problems, and I don’t want to exacerbate it with potentially aggravating aroma chemicals. So, the smelling must go, for now.

I am investigating new modes of treatment, including new eye specialists and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am on an anti-inflammatory diet, which is severely restricted, but I need to know I am trying all that can be done. I need to keep my stress levels under control and not feel pressured, hence the need to withdraw for now.

Apologies to all the perfumers who have sent me samples that I have not yet reviewed, and to others whom I promised book reviews, interviews, etc. I am never one to break promises, and I have had such a wonderful time here, that this is a very hard decision for me to make. But my body is clearly telling me to take time out. If and when my health allows it, I will return and publish all promised reviews. I am truly sorry. I will miss this creative outlet and your readership very much. Thanks for your support so far.

Polly X

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14 thoughts on “Polly Technic is Taking Sick Leave…

    • Thanks BGirl – I hope there is some help soon. It doesn’t give much hope when I’m told time and time again that dry eye syndrome is incurable. :/ I hope TCM can offer a different approach and attitude! 🙂

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  1. Take care of yourself! You’ll be missed and I hope that one day you’ll feel good enough to come back to your blog, if you feel like doing it again, or not, if life goes on with the new interests. I really-really hope you’ll find a better treatment and will get your condition under some control if it can’t be cured.

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  2. That totally sux Polly. Chronic illness is so hard to deal with. Take your time and take care of you. Good luck and I hope everything you do helps to heal all aspects of you. Sending virtual hugs and healing vibes. X

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