Tuesday, August 5, 2008

But I Don't Have a Prostate!!!!

The prostate (from Greek προστάτης - prostates, literally "one who stands before", "protector", "guardian"[1]) is a compound tubuloalveolar exocrine gland of the male mammalian reproductive system. Women do not have a prostate gland, although women do have microscopic paraurethral Skene's glands connected to the distal third of the urethra in the prevaginal space that are homologous to the prostate.

Intraoperative floppy iris syndrome occurred in approximately 2% of a cataract surgery population and appeared to be caused by tamsulosin, a systemic sympathetic alpha-1A antagonist medication that is the most frequently prescribed medication for benign prostatic hypertrophy.

The male population that uses Flomax has some ungodly percentage of thie floppy iris syndrome. Flomax is used with men that have prostrate problems.

Nowhere is there an indication that I can find that I should have this. None of the meds I take, nothing, but, I DO!!!

So here is the poor pitiful person after her cataract surgery today. No makeup, patched eye, hair in great disarray.

I was supposed to have this surgery last week and I didn't get my hair cut or re-purpled because I wanted to wait until the surgery was done. I intend to get it taken care of this week. Well, Aud, in one of her HSN moments, ordered this volume shampoo, conditioner, and concrete pomade. She has been bugging me for a month to use it so last night I did. Hah! My hair feels like it is glued together, I want to wash it out, and now I can't for a couple of days, lol.

Do you feel sorry for me yet? lol, well, no need. I have enough for all of us.

The surgery went well, it lasted over an hour of course, and Doc explained about this iris crap. She put me under long enough to give me a local in the eye area and then woke me up to do the surgery. That was rather interesting. Not fun, but interesting. Evidently, when my iris is touched it starts moving around, and she went to great lengths to keep it from getting in the way as she removed the cataract. I intend to ask her tomorrow on followup if she used a dremel tool to remove the cataract, I swear I heard something that sounded like a dentist tool, lol.

And, of course, it is going to take a good two weeks for my iris to settle back down because they don't like to be fiddled with. I think that means a month or more, knowing my luck.

Looking on the bright side, she did fix the astigmatism (I don't think that is spelled right, sorry). So, it is done at least, perhaps one of these days I will be able to see real good. Hope springs eternal.

Thanks to everyone who sent me good wishes. I really appreciate them.

And if anyone wants to know more about this floppy iris stuff, there is a plethora of info on google, including some fascinating U-Tube videos, lol.


Cheryl said...

What a trooper you are!! I just know your eye will be good as new before long!!

Mar said...

Good to see your spunk girl! Heal quickly! Isn't Sharon coming soon?

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Hope you heal up soon!!

G'G'ma said...

So sorry to hear about the iris problem. Hope you heal fast. Don't worry about the hair, that can be taken care of later...miss the purple tho!!

Lisa D. said...

Sending you fast healing vibes, Perry!

Candace said...

Hope you heal quickly. Sorry about your gluey hair, that is a icky feeling, and not something you need after all you went through. Considering though, I think you look good.

creativedawn said...

I wish you a speedy recovery from your eye surgery!


Nancy said...

Oh, my friend, I am so sorry that you have had such a rough time with this entire eye-fixing experience. Mine has gone well; I return to see the doctor today 6 weeks out from eye #1 and 3 weeks out from eye #2. She is talking about a glasses rx today. There is a slight cloudiness in eye #1 and she says she can fix that (I've not inquired how) and eye #2 has something small going on, the feeling that there is something in it. But all of this is small potatoes. I hope you are on the mend very soon.

n, np

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Sooooo you have a floppy iris??? LOL!!! Could be worse. I'm just sayin. And by the way that is an awesome eye patch you have there. Shall we quilt you one??? I'll do that before I get there to see you ok?

Ginger Patches said...

I'm so glad you finally got your surgery! You'll be seein' better than ever before you know it!!

JudyL said...

How are you? I've been thinking about you and hoping for an update. You look happy . . even if you feel kind bad! Hope everything is going as expected and you're back to "normal" soon!

Jean said...

Just think, if it were Oct. you could be a Pirate for Halloween! My grandsons favorite theme right now! LoL... I do hope that you heal up quickly. Take good care of yourself. And get plenty of rest... don't forget to listen to the dr. orders! My MIL kind of makes up the orders as she goes along... some things she follows and some she doesn't!
Hope to see you all smiles soon!