I had retinal surgery on the back of my left eyeball Monday. Strange sensation. Half my face was totally numb and I had no sensation of scalpel cutting nor suturing, etc. They gave me a local so that I was conscious and talked to them all the while they were working on me, but I just didn't give a damn. Very eerie occasion. Took about 45 min. I guess. They got me up from the OR table, rolled me into the recovery room in wheel chair. I sat there and drank a cup of coffee they gave me, and went home about 15 minutes later.
I have to sleep with a shield taped over my eye for about a week. I'm using several different eye drops, varying dosages, every day for the next week (antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, atropine for keeping my eye dilated. Not sure why he wants that.)
My vision is very blurred in my left eye and Dr. Bochow says it may be months, up to a year, before the blurriness leaves completely---if it ever does. Only time will tell. There is no real pain, it just itches unbearably sometimes, and sometimes it feels very dry and scratchy. Just hope I end up with some vision in that left eye.
But the nutty thing is.....I hurt my foot Saturday. My car broke as I was trying to back out of my parking space. I couldn't turn the steering wheel. I managed it get it back into the parking space, then decided to check my emergency brake and see if I had inadvertently set it. Well, I checked it alright. There's a pedal on the floorboard that has to be pushed down all the way to set the emergency brakes. You have to mash it again to realease the brake.
Well, I was sitting at an angle. When I mashed down on the brake, apparently I turned my foot, or twisted it and then pressed on the brake. Since Saturday, my foot has been bruised, swollen, and I haven't been able to put my weight on it. I didn't go to the emergency room Sat. or Sunday because I had no transportation (car broke, remember?) And, it takes hours and hours to be seen in the ER on weekends. I had surgery Monday on the eye and didn't feel like going to the doctor. Same for follow up visit to Dr.Bochow yesterday.
I waited till today. Let my home health nurse look at it. She immediately got to work and had me go to an Urgent Care Clinic near here. They took Xrays of my foot, and guess what? I broke three metatarsal bones in my left foot. Can you believe that? I felt pretty sure I had cracked A bone, but not broken THREE. Sheesh! They put me in a surgical sandal thingey and gave me the name and number of an orthopedic surgeon to go see. I'll call him tomorrow and make an appointment. Probably end up having to have a cast on my foot for weeks.
Wouldn't you love to have my life as lived for the past year? Gee whiz. Rats! I always have to do things differently, even when I don't try. I've been taking hydrocodone pain pills as needed, and hobbling around here. Looks like I'll be doing that for awhile. I have osteoporosis, which made the bones brittle and made them break so easily---but, shoot, mashing down on an emergency brake pedal? As John Stossel says, "Give me a break!" but not the one I got.
Well, I sort of missed my own blog anniversary. I joined OC in January of 2009; however, I didn't make my first post till Feb. 9, 2009. http://my.opera.com/L2D2/blog/2009/02/10/joke . I had to feel my way around for a bit before I got up enough courage to try a post. I had never blogged before and had no idea what I was doing. I had to get help from a few friends I had made from the time I joined, till I made that first post. I had a lot of help from Carol (Dacotah). She gave me several how tos as I knew diddly squat about CSS and html.
Then, after I discovered Suntana's blog designs for a couple of those early friends, I immediately made plans in my mind to confiscate him as my blog designer. And my strategy worked. All it took was slatherings of butter.
And as you know, after that first post, the rest is history. I've been very happy with the OC and I want to thank all my friends for your help and participation in keeping me here for 3 years so far.