Thursday, May 1, 2008


I was just laying there in the lala land of meds when I hear this very sorrowful sigh.....

and I am suddenly awake. All I can see is a little hole over my left eye and I know that I have a drape over my right eye.

Dr, what's wrong?

Well, we have a little problem, another sigh

What happened?

Sigh, Well, you must be mad at somebody, you were grinding your teeth and moving your head around, so I was sitting here waiting for you to settle down, which you did. And I started to make my incision and you jerked your head real hard.

So what happened?

Another sigh Well, I cut your iris by mistake and it just "squished" out. sigh

Now I am laying very still and not moving a muscle while I am asking her this.

So now what?

Sigh, well you are going to have to be very still while I fix this


So I laid there and was very still and she slowly but surely repaired my iris that had "squished" out and replaced the lens that she was in there to do. The whole time she was sighing and telling me what a good surgical patient I was because I was being so still, and she was so upset that this had happened, and I kept telling her not to worry about it. I was more upset about her being upset than I was about the miscut, because I figured she could fix it, which she did. It really shook her up.

This is not supposed to happen during regular surgery;stuff like this happens only during trauma, and she sighed again..

I have no idea how long it took her to "fix" it all, but I was in the OR over 2 hours for a 15 minute operation, lol.

And bless her heart, she was a white as a sheet and really very upset.

This happened Tuesday, and Wednesday I was back in her office so she could see how my eye was. And, bless her heart, she sighed again and almost giggled when she looked in my eye, and then she said ooooh,, this looks great!

And apologized again, Everything was good, it would just take about a week or so before all of the trauma made to the cornea and iris cleared up.

Can you come back tomorrow so I can check the pressure?

Sure, I can't do anything else, might as well, lol. So back in there today and the eye pressure is very good, and it is healing and I can see a little more today than yesterday, thank goodness.

She used the model of the eye that was sitting there and showed me what she had to do. All I can say is wow! It is going to be at least a week, maybe longer before my eye returns to normal. I guess I will be doing a lot of sleeping.

As I told her, I can be very still, but I don't have a lot of patience and I am bored stiff. Tired of sleeping or resting with my eyes closed. If there are spelling mistakes in here, sorry about that. I am typing this a little at a time.

Thanks to everyone who has asked how I am, and to all who have contributed to CF through Katy's Voyagers. We still have 8 days before the drawing, so it isn't too late to get your donation in. I promise, you will have numbers, lol.

I know I owe people a lot of followups on emails; I don't think they will get done for the most part. I just can't see that long. I do however, appreciate every one of them.

Now I am going to get off of here and close my eyes. They are itching something fierce. I am taking benadryl to help with the itching, and puttind prednisone drops in my eyes every hour and 2 other kinds of drops in them 4 times a day. Such fun~~~

I hope everyone's week is going a little bit better than mine has so far!


Julia said...

Oh Perry, I hope that your eyes heal quickly and your vision will be better than ever. Take care!

Carol said...

Oh my deserve a medal for being so calm...I'd have been freaking out. You are amazing. Hope it heals quickly and you're good as new. HUGS!

Yvonne said...

I'm so glad you are okay....I would have been scared. :(
You're very brave....hope you heal very quickly! ((((((hugs)))))

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

That just all sounds like a nightmare. I'm glad it all turned out ok. Sleep and rest.

Lisa D. said...

Oh my gosh, Perry. NOBODY wants to hear their doctor go "Ooops" especially during surgery! I'm glad she was able to repair the damage and hope you are good as new in a week or so. Rest up, nobody expects you to reply to emails!

Nicole said...

Oh no. Perry, I thought you were going to say you woke up and found that you had been dreaming. Just rest and keep those eyes closed. Forget about emails. What a horrendous story. Be OK.

Anonymous said...

I thought you were going to end it by saying you were dreaming the whole thing, but then when it turned out to be real . . oh my! Glad everything turned out ok, don't like to hear a doctor say ooops!

Libby said...

Okay - I'm squeamish and didn't get too far with reading before I bailed out to the comments *s* Hope everything is okay!

Stephanie said...

Holy Cow, Perry! This is why I would just have to be totally intubated and out for hours if I had eye surgery. Just reading about your experience started my eyes watering. And I'm a nurse.

What's with grinding the teeth? Does your dentist know? That kind of thing can cause some real jaw pain.

Hope all is well soon!

Mar said...

good to hear that you are healing well despite the turmoil. take care! and ... DO NOT WORRY ABOUT EMAILS!!

Juliann in WA said...

Oh my - what a story. I hope you are taking it easy and allowing yourself time to heal. All that email and blog reading will still be there when you are ready.

Dennis said...

Perry, I've been thinking so much about you and that eye. I'm glad it's ok and everything turned out fine. How scarey for you and the dr. LOL!!
Mailed my check to you yesterday,let's see how long it takes to get to you.
Using hubby's e-mail. Sorry
Red Geranium Cottage

Gena in Dallas said...

Wow!! Haven't read any blogs in a while and come back to find this one!! Glad the oops wasn't permanent. I can't imagine hearing such a sigh! Take care and get healed as quickly as you can.

Sherry said...

OMG! I'm glad everything turned out ok. I'm such a chicken, got queesy just reading about your ordeal! When I had carpal tunnel surgery (the first one) the Dr told me later that I squirmed too much (not that I remember) LOL but when I had my other hand done a month later, they put me completly out. Take care & heal quickly.

Marcie said...

Perry, your post made me shudder! I hope you are OK and healing up. Get yourself some books on tape and relax!