Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Monday, July 4, 2011

Tale Of The Creepy Eye! (As Told By An Intrepid Reader)

Howdy, friends! 

 In the recovery room with Little Minion Dear Son. I'm still loopy here from happy juice and let me just say:  Conscious sedation is ahh-maaazing! So much more pleasant to  'come to'  from than general anesthesia, that's for sure.

I'm back-- sort of-- I'm twelve days post-op and my vision is way wacky (one blurry eye and one clear eye) so looking at anything is weird but looking at a computer screen makes me feel especially nutty and slightly queasy. 

 Thankfully, big minion Dear Hub fixed me up with a pair of safety glasses in which he occluded the blurry eye side with black construction paper. Does the trick even though blogging with one eye is a bit tiring BUT an intrepid reader/blogger must blog on... for your amusement, of course.

See, even suffering from visual vertigo, I'm thinking of your amusement. I'm a saint, I tell you, a saint!!

So on with the tale...

Eye surgery (express shunt for glaucoma) was a breeze and rather fascinating-- kind of like starring in my own episode of a medical drama. And I was a model patient this time-- no arguing that my eye wasn't open during the procedure and no dancing legs. Actually, there was no music playing this time. Is it possible that the staff remembered my antics?

Ah, the intrepid reader! This was a staged shot for entertainment purposes only but, of course,  I became engrossed in an interesting article.. and recipes... and...

The bandage was removed one day post-op. Are you ready to see the creepy eye?  Not quite? Okay, later then. 

For now, I will tell you that the shunt implant surgery was a bit too successful. The eye pressure is now too low-- which exacerbates the normal post-op blurry vision. If the pressure doesn't increase to a non-blurry level, another surgery to add a suture to tighten up the shunt will be required.  WAAAH!! 

Ready for the creepy eye? 

Not yet? O-kaay... eyes closed but y'all sure are squeamish. 

Anyhoo, remember my dread of the post-op instructions? Now you will see why...

  • Steroid eyedrop every two hours while awake
  • Antibiotic eyedrop every four hours while awake
  • Ointment in eye at bedtime
  • Plastic shield taped over eye for sleeping (two weeks)
  • No water in eye for two weeks
  • No lifting more than eight pounds for six weeks
  • No bending below waist for six weeks
Right now my whole life revolves around this dang ol' creepy eye. Bye-bye fun summer.

But, looking on the sunny side,  I'm going to have some killer legs from all the squatting!

Ready to see you know what? Eyes opening now...

Wait? What do you mean wait? I can only drag this tale out so long, you know. Plus, I'm blogging with one tired eye!  Give a girl a break!

Okay, one last reprieve but that is it-- you will just have to hide your eyes. And it isn't like some of you don't read/watch paranormal and horror. Geez!

So how about a bit of drama before the horror? After the three hour drive home following bandage removal, I lost vision in my surgery eye. Now that is scary! All I could see was white-- like looking at a film screen. I panicked!! 

We hightailed it three exhausting hours back to the doctor for an emergency after hours exam.  Apparently, the low pressure was keeping the eye too shallow to reform properly. The doctor added dilation drops to my post-op regimen and vision returned. Whew!

Okay, folks, the time is now. What time? Creepy eye time, of course.   You have been warned so click away if you are truly squeamish. Mwahahaha!


Ooo, I look like a monster.

In case you are wondering, there is not one speck of white on my eyeball. And it gets worse before it gets better-- the main swelling and bruising shows up on the second post-op day. And it all lasts forever! (the droopy eyelid hangs around for six months)

I debated whether to call it zombie eye or creepy eye.

 What do you think? Both fit.

Now I'm as vain as the average girl but am I bothered by the creepy zombie eye? No.

See. I'm happy as a clam. 

Why, you ask?

Because I get to frighten little children, that's why!

Kidding! (but that is kinda fun)

Actually, I am beyond thrilled over hiding the creepy zombie eye behind these absolutely...
fabulous post-op sunglasses!

Too stylin' for words.

I should start a fashion trend...


(Looking forward to getting back into the swing of the blogosphere-- I've sure missed reading and commenting on all of your blogs)

(and in case you are wondering why in the world I'm going on about my ailment and sharing the grossness-- Well, my experience, even told in a non-technical silly way, may be helpful to others in the same boat.  Plus, I'm planning future glaucoma awareness posts. Vision is precious, book peeps!)


  1. Oh my! Poor you.
    Yes, the upside is scaring little children! Oh, and your eyesight is,yeah, precious and all.

    The creepy eye made MY eyes water. Hope you get back to summer funnin' soon, chica!

  2. Keep those minions working! You need to milk this situation for all it's worth. Keep us posted about those extra sutures.

  3. +JMJ+

    I'm so glad the surgery went well and that you're feeling chipper again! (Or were you chipper throughout the whole thing? That seems likely, too. =) LOL!)

    Yes, that is one scary eye! Congratulations from a Horror fan! ;-)

    We missed you, Lesa! *hug*

  4. you know what? Enjoy it! Scaring people can be fun sometimes. Next thing you know it'll be back to normal again hehe. :) Glad you're doing very well though!

  5. Not as scary as I thought it would be!! :D

    Glad to have you back, Lesa! Take care and have a lovely summer!

  6. I'm glad to hear the surgery went well. I can't imagine how scary it would have been when you couldn't see for a while. I hope it works out so you don't have to have another surgery.

  7. Friends, thanks so much for leaving such sweet comments-- and thanks for not running away screaming! haha

    As for scaring children,yeah, it is fun. poor little T couldn't stand to look at me for several days. Of course, I made it worse by peering at him with the eye and saying: Creeeepppyyy EEeeeye! hahahah

    E: I knew you would appreciate the horror of the eye! ;o) And yes, I remained fairly chipper and amused myself and others with plenty of absurd thoughts thoughout the whole thing except during the panic part.

  8. OMG know what, my older brother is about to become a pilot and in order to be one, his vision must be corrected. He's scheduled to have an operation sometime next week. So it was so coincidental to have crossed with this post of yours. I hope his doctor will use the same sedation. I enjoyed reading your post and don't worry, I'm sure your eye will heal soon. Following you now :)

  9. Love your blog.
    Can we follow each other?

  10. Gellie: Thanks for commenting! Yes, that is a coincidence. I bet your brother's surgery will be a success and hopefully his eye won't look at scary as mine. But don't show him this post-- it might freak him out!!

    KIran: Thanks for the follow. Returned it and I'll steer Izzy, our resident fashion blogger, your way too.

  11. OMGoodness! Hope you recup really quick. My mother went through 2 eye surgeries and she got bored for doing nothing. Just take care.

  12. Dear creepy eye, the woman you are attached too is a rare gem and a true giggle. Heal quickly for her.

    Thank you for joining me at Katherines Corner love your sense of humor. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Hugs! Katherine

  13. yeah i found you!!!
    And yes i think you can definatly pull it off (the new fasion trend)!

    Looking forward to see a lot more about books!


  14. SJ: Thanks! And I know how your mom felt. I feel better this week-- ready to start a project but have to remember not to lift or bend.

    Katie: Haha-- it is like the creepy eye is an entity. Thank you for the compliments-- right back at'cha! Looking forward to the bookclub!

    Leontien: Welcome! Glad you tracked Mrs. BG down-- join in, anytime.

  15. the book club selection has been posted


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