Thursday, April 22, 2021

Eye Problems

 I thought I was having an ocular migraine on Tuesday but when it didn't go away in a short time, I became more concerned.

Last year I had an allergic reaction to prescription eye drops. I found an eye doctor here in Florida who took care of me. I called him Wednesday morning and he saw me right away that morning, diagnosed a detached retina and sent me on to an appointment with a retinal specialist. Not how I would prefer to spend my day, but not being able to see is no fun either!

The retinal surgeon was absolutely lovely. She was so kind and so thorough in explaining options and what each would entail. I have surgery scheduled for this coming Monday. That's the easy part. It will be followed by a week face down for 22 hours a day for a whole week. That's the hard part.

Well, as a friend pointed out, I have time to stock up on chocolate. I will look into audible books. That not for sissies thing -- all too true!


In the meantime, I will enjoy the flashes of light and washes of color. Who needs psychedelics?

13 comments:

Arkansas Patti said...

I am so sorry about the detached retina and am just glad you are getting it taken care of. Bummer about lying face down for 22 hours for a week. Good grief, how will you eat or go to the bathroom. I had a vitreous detachment once that gives you similar psychedelics but is not nearly as serious. Felt like I had a lightning storm in my head. Fortunately, mine healed without surgery.

Sandra said...

So great to take old age with humor and irreverence.

Linda Reeder said...

Oh, Olga, I am so sorry that this is happening to you. lying face down for a week would do me in. Audible books do sound like a good way to go.
Wishing you the best.

Rian said...

Olga, I'm so sorry to hear about your detached retina. A dear friend of mine had that same problem last year.... and had to endure the days facing forward lying down. It is a pain, but apparently do-able... especially where your eyesight is concerned. She is fine now. And I can see why you thought it was an ocular migraine too. These I get... and yes, they do go away after about 10-15 mins. So, if it didn't go away, I would have been concerned too. Glad you found an eye doctor quickly.

gigi-hawaii said...

Oh, that is terrible. I do hope the surgery is a success and that your vision improves. Take care!

Barb said...

Wishing you fast healing and lots of audio books!

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Sorry you will be going through this. I have a macular hole that I need surgical repair on. I am really worried about not being able to do the face down positioning for seven days. I have some other medical problems that I have to get taken care of before the macular hole (a cyst on my vocal chord). I have arthritis in my neck and problems with swelling in my legs. Seven days face down I fear are really going to be hard on my body.

May your time face down pass easily for you and everything with the surgery go well. Take care.

Tom said...

That's terrible, but at least they're addressing it right away before further damage is done. Stock up on lots of entertainment options for those 22 hours per day ... and I hope you can sleep on your stomach!

Linda Myers said...

Not much fun, what you have coming up, but it's good you have a diagnosis and a treatment plan. I think audiobooks will be a great help.

Kay said...

Oh my gosh, Olga! I am so sorry. For a week? Wow! But won’t it feel awesome when it’s over? I’ll be thinking about you, Olga.

Joared said...

I’m so glad you made prompt contact with your Dr. as you could have had even more serious issues. Sorry it turned out to be retina detachment but important you found out so quickly and can take all necessary care.

Granny Annie said...

Glad you liked your doctor and will have help soon. I check out downloadable free audio books from my public library. I miss reading books but with the audio books I can work and hear great stories at the same time.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Omg this must awful. I am so sorry you are having to deal with this! How are you reading then? I just saw this on the Today show.super happy you didn't wait on this and got help fast!!