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|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
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.
Now I'm as vain as the average girl but am I bothered by the creepy zombie eye? No.
Because I get to frighten little children, that's why!
(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!)