Sorry I haven't been around to check blogs properly or reply to comments for a couple of days, but I haven't had the time. The only reason there was a post from me yesterday was because I'd already set it up to be published on 22nd September with the scheduled post thingy. It's one of the posts I was refering to when I mentioned scheduling some things to post in the next few weeks because not much was going to be going on. Anyway, I did make a start on blog checking on Sunday, but other than typing up a shopping list for Kelly and checking my bank to make sure my money was in I haven't been on the laptop since then. You'll understand why (and why I never finished checking blogs) once you've read this post.
You may remember my "Trying to heal" post from a few weeks back? The one where I mentioned all the yucky eye gunk? Well... On Saturday I noticed that the gunk - which had started to lessen in amount - had increased in amount again and was stickier. Plus, it seemed to smelled different. I wondered if it had gotten infected or something, so when I saw Eleri I told her my suspicions and she agreed that it looked like it (Eleri's a trained nurse). She told me to give it a good clean and make sure I cleaned it several times throughout the day. So I gave it a good clean.
When I got up on Sunday it was more gunky than I'd ever seen it before, so I asked my Mam to come and give it a "proper" clean (I didn't want to bother Eleri to ask her to do it). So Mam arrived with her friend Kelly (Kelly was co-driving, so she had to come too).
My Mam started cleaning the gunk and realised there was blood too. She cleaned it all up though and then handed me the shell thingy to put back in, since I'm better at doing it myself. But when I went to put it in it hurt, and I knew there was no way I could do it. I just said, "I can't," and burst out crying because it hurt so much.
So there I am with blood, gunk and tears all running down my cheek, and nobody knowing exactly what to do. All we could think to do was get Eleri and ask her what we should do. She came and had a look, and it took my Mam and the two Kellys to hold me still so she could look. Not because I didn't want her looking, but because it hurt so much.
We decided the best option was to give me a couple of Paracetamol for the pain and call the out of hours doctor. Only problem was that when we did we got a message saying the surgery was closed and if it was important to call 999. It wasn't really a life or death thing, but with no other way of getting a doctor to look at me we had no choice, so we called 999.
An ambulance came and took me to the hospital I normally go to for my eye treatments. The crew was really nice, but it was obvious they hadn't dealt with blind people before (or not many of them anyway) because of some of the things they asked me on the way to the hospital and before we left. Like the question I've been asked so many times I've lost count about how I watch movies. I gave them the same answer I've given others, "I watch them with my ears."
To cut a long story short, they said I had a bad infection in the eye and gave me some antibiotics. And I've spent the last couple of days back and forth to hospitals.
Today I found out that there's a slight "gap" near where the stitching is from the op, and that's where the blood is coming from, and - obviously - it's the blood being trapped in there because of the shell thingy that caused the infection. Despite that they wanted me to keep the shell in, but I refused. They weren't happy about that, but since it seems to me that shell is the main cause of the problem (especially when you consider the fact I never had this problem with the other one, and I didn't have one of those shell things for that one) and it hurts enough being cleaned right now, so there's no way I'm going to add to that by putting that thing back in. Especially since it's my theory that the shell keep twisting and rubbing on the inside of my eye socket is what caused the problem (I also have a small cut on the side of my eye... Just inside it... About where the side of the shell was scraping before).
So tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon I've got to go back and see the proper specialist (the guy who did my op) so he can have a look and decide if he thinks the tear is going to fix itself or if they need to take me back in to hospital so they can put another stitch in there to close it back up. Since you can't actually see the coral implant the doctor I saw today isn't sure what - if anything - needs to be done, which is why I have to see the specialist tomorrow.
In the meantime I'm on both antibiotic drops and antibiotic tablets 4 times a day to clear up the infection and stop it from spreading to my brain or some other part of my body.
So that's why I haven't been around over the past couple of days.
If they do want me back in hospital then I don't know how much notice I'll get, so I don't know if I'll have time to come on here and let you know. At the moment we're having to just take things as they come and see what happens next.
P.S. We found out yesterday there is an out of hours doctor, but the number from our surgery is meant to transfer to the place where he/she is (they did tell us, but I can't remember) and all we can do is assume that the transfer just didn't work, or too many people called at once so the system couldn't transfer all the numbers. Or something like that.
P.P.S. I asked the nurse at the hospital today if it's accurate to say that I have an eye condition when I don't have eyes to have one in. After much stammering she went and asked someone or looked it up (not sure which, but she went somewhere) and came back with the answer that it is accurate to say that. So, now we know. LOL!