Bream, it turns out, had a rare eye condition that resulted in extreme pain and dryness, and hindered her ability to sleep… all during the heart of the 2010 midterm election campaigns.
By this time, she was waking up every two or three hours at night to put drops in her eyes, the only thing that seemed to help. On nights when Bream slept through the alarm, she experienced searing pain when she awoke.
“I would sit there and pray for the pain to pass and just ride it out the best I could,” she recalled. “I would try to calm myself.”
Although her vision was sometimes affected, she managed to compensate at work because both eyes were rarely impaired simultaneously.