30 Nov Thanksgiving 2010: My Eyesight Returns
Happy Thanksgiving! I had a great weekend and hope you did, too. This year, I am thankful for my friends and family …and especially my eyesight.
As with many of you, we had a marvelous feast. We celebrated with our parents, friends and the kids. Amy did a wonderful job with roasting a turkey, stuffing from scratch and her famous garlic mashed!
I usually smoke a turkey, but this year I fried a turkey! 3 gallons of peanut oil, a 12 lb. bird and 40 minutes is all it took! No rubs, seasonings or marinades. I recommend it. (Actual cooking took place in the middle of the driveway to avoid any potential fire hazards!)
It was a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving. I’ll be doing it again next year.
Double Vision from Accident
Last winter, I fractured my right orbit. The orbit is also known as the eye socket. I had a freak fall that broke my cheek bone…and that resulted in double vision.
Since last February, I had double vision any time I looked to the left. Fortunately, I had single vision when looking straight ahead or to the right. I had no problems working and operating as those activities require only that I look straight ahead.
I did, however, have to give up both tennis and kick-boxing. Neither could I do with double vision.
The broken bone caused damage to one of the muscles of my right eye. As a result, my right eye didn’t move to the left easily and I saw double. To compensate, I’d close my right eye when looking to the left, but at the same time, I’d lose my depth perception.
Multiple Operations to Fix Me
I had three surgeries to fix my “eye.” The first two were performed over the Spring and Summer. The goal, at that time, was to simply fix the broken eye socket and see if function returned. I had limited success.
The most recent surgery was about 3 weeks ago. I immediately saw an improvement and 2 days later hit some tennis balls for the first time in over 9 months!
What Does This Mean? I realized how hard it is to be a patient. Not only is the vision compromised, but the surgical results were disappointing. How similar this must be with my own patients with retinal disease!
As a physician, I am now more empathetic and sympathetic to my own patients. Many of my patients have lost depth perception, and I was surprised how this impacts every aspect of our life!
I would guess that I have about 85% of my function returned (far up and to the left is still weird). For that, I am very grateful. I thank my coworkers, family, and especially Amy for helping me through this difficult year.
I am lucky. I have great support systems and resources. I am also lucky that this was not a disease.