- The wounded eye
- My dad had a cyst, that was between his brain and his skull, sucked out through his nose. All is well now.
- My mom had rotator cuff surgery. On her other arm. She also needs knee surgery once her arm heals.
- I have a lump in my boob that is a cyst. I have a follow up in six months and if it is still there I am demanding it be removed and if my doctor refuses I will find one who will remove it.
We got through all the vision stuff, you know "better now or now?" "better with this or this?" routine. The doctor made some notes and I was figuring we would get onto the numbing drops, dilation and all that stuff. She then says, "I cannot dilate your eyes today. You need to go see a glaucoma specialist because you have narrow angles. If I dilate your eyes I am afraid those narrow angles would close off completely." I assumed that would be bad. And boy was I right. Because if those already narrow angles close and stay that way? Blindness sets in in one to two days, often without warning. And if you do have warning signs and symptoms, they are often attributed to something else - migraines, stomach flu if you have vomiting, or some other more common illness.
So last week I saw the glaucoma specialist. I was supposed to be there for four hours and I had to have a driver because the dilation he would do would be pretty serious stuff. Way more than a regular eye doctor. An hour later I'm told I am finished. He can't dilate my eyes either, for the same reason as my regular eye doctor, and I need to have surgery. And the surgery can wait no more than two to three weeks. Oh, and they can only do one eye at a time so I have to do this twice. Fuckin' awesome.
I have since been reading about narrow angles in the eye and closed angle glaucoma. As my doctor explained, I DON'T have closed angle glaucoma. My angles are narrow, not closed, and the pressure in my eye is normal and my optic nerve looks great. There is no scar tissue or permanent damage to indicate that the angles have ever closed and opened again, so all of that is good. If I don't have the surgery, though, I am at very high risk of developing closed angle glaucoma and that is bad. Very bad. At least for those of us who wish to keep our eyesight.
So in less than two weeks, I will trek to the eye institute and have a tiny hole burned in my eye, in between my iris and my pupil, that will act as a drain to keep the fluids flowing and compensate for those narrow angles. Then the next day, I will go back so he can do it again to the other eye. He normally waits a week in between, but due to his schedule, my schedule, etc. it would have worked that it would have been longer than a week in between and he doesn't want to wait that long. I tried to talk him into doing them both in the same day, but he wouldn't agree. I was happy he agreed to two consecutive days.
So there is your PSA for this week. Get your asses, and your eyes, to the eye doctor. Pronto.