An Eye Update …

Hello dear friends!

So many of you have offered well-wishes for my eye surgery and expressed caring and concern, and I wanted to give you a brief update.

The surgery was yesterday morning.  I was a bit put off when, as a part of the 2,000 question pre-surgery routine, I was asked if I have a ‘living will’.  I promptly said that was a strange question, then asked how many patients they have lost.  There things are good to know, right?  She claimed they had not lost a single patient, though I’m still puzzled by that question.

blind-2The surgery, I was told, went well, but I couldn’t know any results, since they placed a heavy patch on my eye with instructions to leave it in place ‘til morning.  Now, those of you who have known me for a while know that I am a stubborn wench and do not take kindly to being told to do something, even if it is something I would have likely done anyway!  I discovered that I couldn’t wear my glasses over the patch, which meant that I couldn’t see out of the other eye, either.  I tried everything, but finally in frustration and after driving the girls crazy with my cursing, throwing things and threatening to jump in front of a moving train, the patch came off.

To make a long story short, the patch went back on until this morning, but when I removed it I was not able to see at all out of that eye.  A follow-up appointment this morning indicates that everything seems to be okay, but that it will take time for the eye to heal.  The vision still won’t likely be great, but hopefully better than it is currently, for I cannot see literally anything except vague shapes and far too much bright blue light in that eye.

blind turtleAs a result, I will likely be doing fewer and shorter posts for the next few days, for it takes me much longer to read or write.  Please bear with me … hopefully things will stabilize soon, or at least in time for the next surgery, scheduled for March 5th.

Many thanks to all of you for the caring emails and comments, and for your continuing patience with my slowness, not to mention all the typos!!! Your caring means more to me than I can express … you have brought smiles and helped keep me sane … well, relatively sane.

Much love and many hugs!

71 thoughts on “An Eye Update …

    • Thank you! Yes, I am seeing colours I have never seen before, and am able to read somewhat without the use of a magnifying glass! Each day brings just a little more improvement, so I am very happy! Thanks for asking! 🙂

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  1. Glad your eye surgery went well. Please do as the Dr’s tell you and follow the drops to the letter. I had surgery on the right eye mid-Sept and the left eye beginning of Oct. I can see great. Although I have a pair of new glasses, I don’t need or use them. Take care my friend.

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    • I’m so glad to her your surgery went well and that you’re pleased with the results! I am told that I will still need very strong bifocals after both eyes have healed, but that’s not a problem, as I have worn glasses since I was 4, and bifocals since I was in my 20s. Hope you are doing well, my friend!

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  2. And yet still you managed to produce a formidable post! Jill you are a marvel, where would we be without you!
    These living wills?
    I’ve an image a of Warner Bros. cartoon style piece of paper running about the place before a group of hopeful family ‘mourners’ and saying in a Bugs Bunny voice ‘OK, suckers. Listen up! They spent it all!’

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  3. Dear Jill,
    Rest, take care. I don’t expect or want you to read my posts or any posts or to answer ever. Let us know if your vision gets better. Give that Doc hell if things don’t improve. I used to do that honor for my Mom as I am very good at that sort of thing.
    But we blogger friends are all very fond of you and are wishing the best in life for you.
    Mega group Hugs, Gronda

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    • Ah, Gronda … I cannot rest, for it is simply not in my nature. I get impatient at having to eat a meal, and am usually either on the computer while I eat, else I eat standing up while folding laundry or cleaning the kitchen! My nature will not let me just sit and do nothing. But, I seem to be seeing slightly better tonight, so I am encouraged. Thank you so much for caring and for your many kindnesses! One of these days we will meet and have a ball together! And don’t worry … my visits to doctors are dreaded by all, for I am very outspoken and say exactly what I think. If they order a test or a medication, I want to know exactly why, and half the time I simply refuse. My last primary care doctor dropped me for that very reason … I refused a test that would have cost me over $1,000, and she could not give me a satisfactory reason. Hugs!!!

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    • Cataract surgery on right eye. Left eye is in 3 weeks. Then, they will determine degree of diabetic retinopathy and whether more surgery is required. I sure hope not, for this is driving me nuts! Patience is not my strong suit, and I fully expected to be able to see once the patch came off. At 66, who has time to waste not being able to see? 😀 Many thanks for your healing energy … I need all I can get!

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      • While I don’t know your particular details, Jill, I see many people with similar challenges. I can tell you inder even normal circumstances, many people do not see well the first day or even week following cataract surgery, especially when there is other eye or health history. Diabetic retinopathy affects the total vision so it has a fully different impact on your vision. 66?! I never would have guessed it. Take care and follow all your i structiins.

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        • Thank you so much for your encouragement! I am trying to behave, use the drops as directed, and so on, but I am failing in the “don’t bend” part, for I don’t know how anybody can get through a day without bending. I drop something, I pick it up. Towels in the washer? Get them out. Cat threw up on the floor? Clean it up! And so on. But I am seeing some improvement today. I can see somethings better, can see colours I never knew existed, but still cannot see people’s facial features. Odd. Yep, 66 … be 67 in June. Thanks for being surprised, though! Made me smile 🙂

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          • As long as you aren’t starining, lifting heavy things or staying bent over you are ok. Usually that is only for the first 48 hrs anyway, unless you had a retina procedure or complicated cataract surgery. Try stooping for cat and floor things. I always tell patients even a small amount of inflammation can cause a whole lot of blurring. Using those anti inflammatory drops regularly is the key to that issue. Hangin there. Big hugs!

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  4. Take some time off, especially from reading the news. You won’t miss anything really interesting – I am sure it will just be more of the same “How could it get any worse? Oh wait, it just did” stuff… Take care 🙂

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    • Thanks Emily! Actually, I haven’t seen much news today, and didn’t really miss it. Been trying to catch up on blog and email, plus laundry and house chores. Where do the hours go? I am seeing some slight improvement tonight, so that helps. Thanks again! Hugs!

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  5. Small steps, Jill. Give your eye a chance to heal and for god’s sake don’t put extra strain on the /other/ one. We’ll still be here when you’ve healed so REST!
    Sheesh, I feel as if I’ve said this to someone just recently…oh, wait, that’s because I have. -nudge nudge wink wink-

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  6. It goes, almost without saying? That your blogging friends are on your side and count me in on that. Best wishes!! Yet, I am a little confused? Isn’t a living will, a bit different from a will? Colour me dazed .. Cheers Jamie

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    • Thank you, Jamie! Yes, I always consider you among my friends. As to the living will, I guess I was confused and didn’t really understand what it was, but I have now been enlightened. I think they ought to have called it something different, though.

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  7. As much as you dislike it, be careful and follow the docs orders! Those forms are more for the hospital than anything else. How do you feel about it? I was also put off by that but then I thought, I don’t want to be kept alive on machines, etc. but most of all having a living will takes the pressure/burden off your family. Decisions made by you.

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    • Ahhh … I am sort of following docs orders … which is better than I usually do, for I’m not fond of being given orders and it typically sets up a “REBEL” mode with me. 😀 As to the living will … yes, I can see the purpose, but for Pete’s sake … for eye surgery? It wasn’t as if I was going for open-heart surgery, and I found it discomforting, to say the least. And in truth, I think it is more about protecting the hospital and docs from lawsuits. Anything done in the meical field these days is moe about money than anything else, I think.

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        • Thank you! Yes, my vision is somewhat better today, and I am seeing colours that I didn’t know existed in my home! For example, there is a clock in the upstairs bathroom, and I always knew it was green-ish, but today for the first time I saw that it is a psychedelic lime green! I said to the girls, “who bought that bright green clock and why? It matches nothing!” And they then informed me that I had bought it, for I thought it matched the shower curtain. Oops! But I can see some things better today, although I still cannot distinguish facial features. I’m so sorry that your husband’s surgery did not go well, though. I know it is not fun to go through life with very poor vision. Thanks for caring!

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  8. Eye-trouble is so tedious!! I still remember mine vividly … so I really feel with you! Loads of hugs and good wishes to you! Take care, give your eyes some rest – and hopefully all will work out fine in the end!

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    • Thank you! I find it so hard to give them rest, for I am not one to sit idle. Even during meals, I am working on the computer. To do nothing drives me batty. But, I am trying to step away from the computer every so often, and tonight I think I do notice a bit of improvement. Thanks again!

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  9. On that living will thing, someone asked me that and I replied, I most certainly have a living will. Go ahead test me: say something I strongly object to, or try to make me do something I don’t want to. You’ll soon find out how much of a living will I do have. I also have a death will, but that’s a piece of paper that means zilch until after I die.

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  10. I was a bit put off when, as a part of the 2,000 question pre-surgery routine, I was asked if I have a ‘living will’.

    I recently saw my new primary care physician (the former one retired a few months ago). I was asked if I have a living will. He referred me to a kidney specialist, where I was asked if I have a living will.

    I think that is becoming a routine question. Overall, I think that’s a good thing. But perhaps they need to find a better way to bring that subject up.

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  11. Seems like a good idea to just take care of yourself. The living will thing is standard, and actually talks about who has health power of attorney for you if you are not feeling up to making certain decisions–

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    • Ah … I have only mentioned it a time or two, usually when I have fallen a day or two behind in responding to comments, or when somebody asks why I haven’t visited their blog lately. I feel like a slacker these days, but it is tryly everything I can do to get two posts written a day, since the process involves keeping a magnifying glass in one hand just to see what I am reading, then 3-4 proofreadings to catch all my typose. Even then, I miss some. Thank you for the positive thoughts … I can use all of those I can get, for patience is NOT my strong suit, and I want things to work NOW! 😀

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        • I have asked Santa for more hours in a day … at least six more. Do you think either of us will get our wish? I’m also asking the Easter Bunny, for he will be here before Santa and I am impatient! 😀 Yes, the winter hasn’t been particularly brutal here, but we’ve not had much sunchine and it is getting me down, too. Want to hear something funny? The eye I had surgery on casts a blue light on everything. Annoying, but I’m getting used to it. Today, I was talking to my friend Herb on the phone and he asked how the weather is here. I told him it was sunny and blue skies. When I got off the phone, Miss Goose asked why I had told him that, because it was raining! The blue light made the sky look perfectly blue to me! 😀 I was happy to see blue skies, anyway, even if it was an illusion!

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