Thanks for all the get well wishes on my last post. I'm still not feeling too great, but thought I'd come on and post about my post-op check-up... Which was today.
They really annoy me when they keep insisting on wanting to check my vision. Normally I just explain that there's no point and keep repeating that (along with the reason) until it sinks in. Today, however, I was tired, I was feeling like crap, and - to be perfectly honest - I'd had enough of their stupidity and refusal to read and think about my medical notes before taking action. Not to mention the patronising tone they adopt when talking to me (and every other disabled person). The result was a conversation that went like this.
(Bear in mind that this same nurse has seen me and tried to check my vision every time I've been there in the past four months or so, and says she remembers me).
Nurse: We need to check your vision, sweetheart
Me: There's no point
Mam: Do we have to go through this every single time? Can't you read her notes? She's had her eyes out... There's no vision to check
Nurse: Well, it's the procedure... We have to check everyone's vision
Me: Well, you checked... I've got none... So, we're done here. Let me know when it's time to see Mr S... Thanks!
Nurse: Er... Right
She goes off for a moment (presumably to read my notes) then comes back.
Nurse: I just looked at your notes... I know you've had that op done but can I check for light perseption?
Me: I have no light perseption... If you read my notes properly you'd realise the op was to remove my eye. And - before you ask - the other one's not real either, so you don't need to check that one
(I've dealt with nurses like her before... She knew there was no light perseption, she just wanted to get a good look at me... I hate that... I'm not a bloody science experiment!)
Nurse (while attempting to look in to my eye): Well, let me just check
Mam: We've told you... There's no point!
Me (deciding I've had enough of this): OK... Fine... You want to look at my eye... Here, take it!
At the same time as I said that last bit, I pulled my artificial eye out and held it out for her to take.
I'm not sure why, but after that she decided I didn't need my eyes checked after all. *Grins evily*
My Mam says her face was a real picture, and that it was worth watching me take the eye out (which always makes her squemish) for the look on the nurse's face.
Mr S and his assistant said I was evil, but that "that was fantastic!"
And my Dad says she might remember my eyes don't need checking the next time I go there. *Winks*
Everything seems to be healing nicely now. I haven't needed pain killers for about a week now, and the only pain I have at the moment is from the headache going along with the head cold I have. The pain I always had before seems to be gone. :)
Mr S (my specialist) is happy with how my eye looks. He just thinks it's a shame we had to go through all that hastle before it would get to this point. Still, at least we seem to have gotten there this time.
I'm allowed to call back the person doing my artificial eye to book an appointment now. He says I can ask her to see me for a fitting in four weeks... Or as soon as she can after those four weeks are up. I doubt she'll be able to fit me in before the holidays, but it'll be something nice to look forward to for the start of 2009.
In the meantime I've got to keep the shell thingy in, taking it out "once a week or something" to clean it. And I've got to keep putting ointment in "once or twice a day" and - if I think it needs it - do the ointment more often (like 3 or 4 times a day instead). But we all agree that once or twice a day will be plenty... It's just to keep out infection until they get me an eye sorted.
I'm supposed to see Mr S again on January 26th at 2:15 pm. But if anything happens that I'm worried about in the meantime then I'm supposed to call him right away.
Oh yeah, and... I was right about my appointment for Mr D not being necessary. We mentioned it to Mr S and he said, "cancel it... You don't need it, but someone else might." So we cancelled it while making the one to see Mr S in January.
That covers everything I want to post about today. I'll probably come around checking all your blogs some time tomorrow. If not, then I'll definately be around before the end of the week. I'm still not well, but I managed to get some sleep and it has helped a bit.
Hope you and your family are doing OK, and that anyone not well gets better soon. *hugs*
Enjoy whatever's left of your day. :)