Monday, November 24, 2008

Eye update (AE&D... PTMI)

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. :)



KAYLEE said...

I am sorry! I am praying for you hon!

Tori_z said...

I'll be OK. It hasn't hit me as hard as it usually does (or as hard as I expected it to). Thanks though. :)

LadyStyx said...

*laffz* You are positively evil but the bimbo had it coming. Will she remember? Maybe. On the off chance that she really is the airhead she's coming across as, I'd make sure to have the eyeball out and in a baggie and when she comes in just hand it to her....

My dad used to do that with his teeth. One photographer, instead of saying to say cheese or smile, would say "Show me your teeth"...big mistake. He popped his uppers out (never wore his lowers) and gave her a huge gummy smile. *laffz*

KAYLEE said...

Okay, just take care of yourself! LOve you!

The Wife O Riley said...

What kind of idiot wants to check someone's vision who doesn't have eyes??!?!?!?! That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard!! I'm glad you gave it to her, she so deserved it.

Intense Guy said...

Hmmm...perhaps she could go one step further...and take a fake eyeball with her and a packet of ketchup - then when nurse airhead asks, perhaps a hard (but fake) sneeze and ketchupy eyeball (or two) in the hand to show the nurse...

I even freak myself out sometimes...

ChicagoLady said...

That was evil, but the b*tch had it coming. It's so stupid that they won't read your what's the point of even keeping one if they're not going to read it.

I hope popping the eye out did the trick, next time she asks you she might remember suddenly and backtrack a bit.

Tori_z said...

Very tempting. LOL!

LMAO @ your Dad! ;)

Will do... You too, OK? *Hugs*

My thoughts exactly!

LMAO! I think my Mam would be as horrified as the nurse if I did that one... Hmmm... Could be fun! ;)

Yeah, no kidding... They waste all that paper to make the files up, so why can't they just take a few minutes to read them? Even just a quick look at the most recent page would be a start. But... Nooooo.... They can't possibly do that! Stupid idiots!

MarmiteToasty said...

(((((Tori))))))))) oh my, you still have such a great sense of humour even though you are having to go through this..... I would of loved to of seen the look on the face of the nurse when you took ya eye out lmfao.... you are to dam funny....

I use to have a friend when I was in my early 20s that had a glass eye... actually as strange as this is, I knew 3 blokes back then with a glass eye...... but this one particular friend use to always be taking his eye out in different situations.... I do remember once having an Indian meal in the Indian Cottage at Horndean and the service was shit, he took his eye out and placed it in the middle of his curry and then complained to the waiter that he had found something in his meal..... it was just to dam bloody funny.... one of the lads that had a glass eye was curtisey of me brother that shot it out with an BB gun when they was about 15......

Hugs to you dear Tori for all that you are going through and what you have been through, you are one strong woman, even if you are Welsh LMFAO...

Happy Tuesaday....


MarmiteToasty said...

ps.......... I am so gonna look for a squeeze eye in the joke shop so you can take it with you on your next appointment lmfao....

Its a shame halloween is over cos we had some well real looking jelly eyes....


Tori_z said...

Thanks, and LMAO @ your friend. :)

AliceKay said...

You done good. LOL

Hope you feel better soon. *hugs*

Tori_z said...

Thanks AK. :)