Posted by Pat B. on 3/4/2017, 8:39 am
Had surgery for a detached retina on Tuesday, but now I'm back. |
Still tired. You have to stay face down the first three days so the gas bubble they put in your eye stays pressed against the retina and secures it while it starts to get re-bonded in place.
Then - once you can lift your head again - it's exhausting because you haven't been supporting the weight of your head for three days. And you get dizzy! With useful vision out of only one eye (until the bubble dissipates in 3-4 weeks) so you have bad balance and no depth perception (and yes - I'm being VERY careful, and I'm blessed to have a friend who's coming over every day to scoop cat boxes for me).
There are dissolvable stitches in my eye that haven't dissolved yet, and they SCRATCH! It's "mind over matter" to just ignore them, but it must be done!
The eye is still pretty swollen and opens only to a fairly narrow slit, which makes the required four-times-a-day eye drops a challenge! (Especially when you can't see out of the eye you're trying to hit!) It wouldn't be so bad, except the one bottle of antibiotic drops cost $80! So you don't want to waste THAT one! Eeek! (I think I've done pretty well so far - only wasted a couple drops that I know of.)
I had my dropper bottles lined up along the coffee table (I sit on the couch to do the drops) and this morning I was woken by the sound of some bad kitty batting something around on the floor.
Yup - you guessed it. One of the dropper bottles!
Fortunately I found it before she batted it somewhere irretrievable (and fortunately it wasn't the $80 bottle!) So now they're all up in a cabinet to come down ONLY at eye drop time! I tell ya', if she wasn't so cute . . . . . .
I'm not out of the woods yet, but hopefully my recovery will continue to go well.
But I have a feeling I won't be horseback riding for a while . . . . .