Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Posted by Shirlee at 9:00 PM
Posted by Shirlee at 2:23 PM
Saturday, November 22, 2014
I apologize for not posting after my Wednesday followup with the eye doctor. I'm behind in responding to emails & blog comments & my exchange mailings are going to be a wee bit late, but I've been trying to not overdo things. I was actually given a good report. Even though I was still experiencing some soreness & blurry vision in the injured eye, the inflammation & scarring were totally healed! He said I would still experience a bit of soreness & blurriness for a few days, but he felt confident that all would be well. I was able to stop using all but the steroid drops, & those I could decrease from 4 times a day to 2 times a day. Tonight will be my final drop ... hooray! He also suggested I not do any more yard work ... lol! Don't know if I mentioned it but I injured this same eye in a mowing accident a couple years ago. I was riding the mower around a small tree ... wearing goggles, mind you! ... when a little branch hit me at just the right angle to push up underneath the goggles & scratch my cornea! This eye doctor has a warped sense of humor just like I do, so we get along really well. He had a good time teasing me & I laughed right along with him : )
Posted by Shirlee at 3:45 PM
Monday, November 17, 2014
Posted by Shirlee at 7:51 AM
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Posted by Shirlee at 9:38 AM
Saturday, November 15, 2014
My visit with the eye doctor yesterday morning went quite well! He was happy to see that the irritation & inflammation was subsiding. I am to continue the dilation/antibacterial drops 4 times/day but now have the steroid drops to add to the regimen. I have another appointment to see him next Wednesday.
I had to continue to keep the eye closed yesterday, but today I am allowed to be a two-eyed person again : )
The eye is still rather painful, & my vision with it is not very good. I'm somewhat concerned about the vision. Hopefully that will return to normal in due time. If not, I may have to get a new glasses prescription.
Thank you all so much for your prayers! Please keep at 'em, if you don't mind : )
Posted by Shirlee at 7:34 AM
Friday, November 14, 2014
My eye doctor appointment yesterday did not go well. He was dismayed to see that I had not improved as he expected. Inflammation developed inside the eyeball along with some sort of irritation (I forget the term he used) around the injured area that was spreading across my eye. He likened it to little hangnails which explained the reason I felt scratchiness & pain while wearing the patch. Also, my iris, or retina, was spasming. His words were "You are a mess."
In order to get the iris, or retina, to stop spasming, I had to have dilating drops placed in my eye. It took three sets of drops before the spasming subsided. He then gave me a prescription for dilating drops as well as antibacterial drops to place in my eye four times a day for 30 days. Because of the need for drops he could not patch the eye again, so I had ... & still have ... to purposely keep the injured eye closed. This takes some concentration, let me tell you : )
He told me that the antibacterial drops are not the strongest he could prescribe for me, but they are the next best thing. He said he did not want to prescribe the strongest drops right away because they would destroy the good as well as the bad bacteria in my eye. He is hoping to avoid having to prescribe those. He wants to see me again this morning, & if the eye hasn't improved to his liking, he will need to prescribe these stronger drops.
After things settle down a bit, I will then need to add steroid drops to the regimen.
Your prayers are deeply appreciated.
Posted by Shirlee at 7:27 AM
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Posted by Shirlee at 10:09 AM
Monday, November 10, 2014
The things I experienced during this 3-4 week time frame were, of course, nothing compared to the problems that others experience. Still, they were tiresome, bothersome, annoying, inconvenient, &/or painful. The painful situation was the most difficult for me. It involved another person. Not a friend, but someone others think of very highly. This person, a professing Christian, betrayed my trust. When I told this person how disappointed I was in what they had done, their reaction was far from Christlike. I was made to feel like the bad guy when I was the person who had been wronged!
I felt physically sick & very discouraged. I immersed myself in prayer & reading God's Word, & God answered me in my distress. Five times! The first word I received from Him was in a devotional reading one morning. The reading focused on Philippians 2:3 ...
Posted by Shirlee at 10:33 AM