After two and a half weeks of a flurry of eye doctor visits–7 or 8 at last count–the corneal abrasions on my left eye still are not healing after daily and sometimes hourly eye medicine drops (three kinds of meds).
So, today/Friday (Nov. 2 as I write this) my doctor said that we’re going to be “more aggressive” in our treatment because there is no quick or easy fix. It will take several months to see if my eye can be healed–or merely managed.
They took off the third contact lens bandage they had on my eye–so that having more oxygen reaching my cornea might help my eye heal. But I have now lost the protection and cushion of “comfort” (or at least lessened eye irritation and pain), that the contact lens bandage afforded me.
I have new eye drop meds to take starting tonight/Friday, that the doctor said “will probably make me feel worse before I feel better”. He said that we’re going for “short term” pain in the hope of creating “long term” healing benefits. I also might have to take time off from work since the pain the new meds might have as a side effect, might make me “not able to function” for a week or two. The doctor said this will be a three month treatment plan to begin with–but that it may become a chronic issue that I have for the rest of my life. Obviously, my doc and his colleague who also examined me today did not sugarcoat my eye problems at all. But couldn’t they have thrown in some chocolate? Ha!
To say that I’m bummed is an understatement. I have avoided taking the first dose of the new eye drops meds tonight (Friday night as I write this)–because I’m not sure if I’ll be able to read anything once the meds go in my eyes, or how much pain I’ll be in–and therefore I might not feel like reading.
So, I have been stalling taking my meds by reading my friends’ blogs and commenting on them tonight–especially since I might have to rest my eyes more in the coming week. Resting my eyes will also mean less blogging and less story writing for me–which will be hard, since I love to tell stories and I love to chat with my friends.
So “Seeing Beauty” will go on hiatus for a week or so since I have more to write on it–and need to wait to do that. Believe me, the irony of my vision impaired Keith character’s story needing to be tabled for a week or two is not lost on me. But I will continue to post already written but not yet posted material–for “Sir Guy’s Dilemma”, etc.
I’m usually not so forthcoming about personal health matters–while they are happening. But I did want you, my friends and readers, to understand why I might not be online quite so much for a week or two as my eyes adjust to the new medicine.
But let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that the new treatment plan works–we won’t know for a month or more if it is helping. So, I’m not likely to give updates anytime soon.
Love and Hugs, Grati ;->
P.S. And oh yeah! You can bet that I’ll be working this bum eye angle with my hubby. Ha! Actually, he is such a dear sweet loving man! I am very blessed!
P.S. And now for something soothing for me to “rest” my eyes upon (below): British actor Richard Armitage confidently walking on stage at Comic Con in San Diego July 14, 2012 to discuss his role portraying Thorin Oakenshield in the upcoming “The Hobbit” films.
(Image is courtesy of RANet: http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Hobbit/Hobbit-SDCC/album/comiccon-panel-01.jpg)