Have you ever had a friend who always seems to have disastrous illnesses? That’s me! One year it was a hysterectomy that had complications: Spent 15 days in the hospital and almost died and scared everyone I knew. But I got over it and life went on. Yay!
Three days ago, I went to the eye doctor (a good friend who gently insisted I come in) because I was having floaters and she wanted to check it out. It turns out I have a torn retina. She whisked me off to a retinal specialist, who did a gas injection (ew!) in my eye to help seal it. The next day, I came back to him and he did a freezing procedure to finish up the seal. I have to say, not fun, but I was a good patient. No tears, no complaining about pain, no nothing. You’d have been proud of me!
It’s serious, folks. If I don’t follow the rules, I could lose my vision in that eye, so believe me, I’m following the rules! I have to stay in the position the doctor tells me. The first night, it was on my right side, with my head cocked upward at a truly awkward angle. Now, it’s easier: I have to sit and sleep on my back, in a chair with a slight angle. Good news: I can use the computer! It’s the perfect angle for ny head angle and the good doctor said I could use the computer. I have to sit like this – no exercising, no cooking or cleaning or anything (darn!) for seven days – until next Wednesday. My back is killing me – I’m not used to just sitting, you know? I have a lovely patch on my eye.
If I’m good and follow the rules – which believe me, I’m doing! - the retinal tear should be better and I should be okay. Please put your collective selves together and think good thoughts, everyone. I go back to the doctor on Friday to have it checked.