Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Class 101

The post of today is one to answer as many questions as possible which  I received but couldn't answer last week. So let's start with a lesson on eye-haemorrhage 101.

http://www.healthkey.com/healthwise/media/medical/nci/cdr0000543553.jpgHere you see the inside of an eye. Now on the drawing you see a line going from the lens to the optical cells. In any part of our body we have very small bloodvessels, one of these very small bloodvessels broke in my eye and lost a small amount of blood. Unfortunately it happend at the place in my eye were the optical cells lay.

This happend monday afternoon a week ago but I didn't go to the doctor straight away because of the snowstorm and a feeling of 'oh it will pass'. On wednesday morning I went to the doctor. He immediately referred me to an eyespecialist. She made pictures of the inside of my eye, called the hospital and informed me to get straight over there. They were expecting me. So some more pictures were taken and the only option was eyesurgery. Now some gas had to be blown into my vitreous humor. The operation wasn't painful at all. Although I was very nervous because it just sounded scary to me, eyesurgery.

While I was laying on the operationtable waiting for the anaesthesia to set in, I heard some music on the radio. The first few songs were Danish songs, I grew more and more nervous but than I pleasant surprise reached my ear. If you want to know who it was click here. Now I could relax a little bit.

So the doctor did what was needed and gave me orders to keep my head down in 45 degrees, which means to keep you chin on your chest. That sounds pretty straight forward until you have to do it for 4 days for as many hours as you can stand it. My eyesight was depending on it, so it was almost a 24/7 task for me. Don't ask how much my neck and back were hurting.

But with your kind comments and mails, with the musical wishes of Edit and the prospect of a visit of Julie I got through.

Today I went back to the hospital to check for the last time the outcome of the surgery. Unfortunately no good news. The blood moved a bit but not enough to give me back my sight. That doesn't mean that all is lost because the body including the eye has an amazing way of cleaning itself. Now I just have to be patient and wait about 8 weeks until the doctor can give the final word. He measured the layer of blood and it is only 0,3 mm thick, so I just keep my fingers crossed.

Now how do you know if you had a haemorrhage in your eye. You see a circle and within that circle a straight line isn't straight. After a while this circle becomes a blackspot. Now why do I tell you this? Because it can happen to anybody, a sneeze or cough can be enough. So if you are so lucky, don't think about snowstorms but get to the hospital right away. I promise you, it won't hurt and the sooner you get the surgery the higher the success rate because the blood is more fluid.

This was the 101-class. Hope your questions are answered and thanks again for your support.

Love you  all.



Protege said...

Thank you for avery thorough explanation. In fact, I work on the eye in my research, usually only the cornea and the vitrius humour though. We work on characterizing proteins within the cornea.
So I knew a bit about the anatomy.;)
I am so sorry about this happening to you, but I believe all will be well. You seem to be pulling through nicely as well and seem to be in good spirits despite everything.:)) You strike me as a very strong woman.;)
I am so glad Julie could be there for you, it is so important with a support of good friends during times like these.
Please hang in there,
much love

SE'LAH... said...

Prayers sent up for you that all will be well. Sending lots of positive vibes your way love.

one love.

B said...

Oh no! I'm sorry this happened to you, but I hope that you get back to normal soon! And thanks for the explanation! I'm so happy that you're still posting, despite everything...

julochka said...

i read this and linked to it, but realized i never commented.

although i have to lie down when i look at diagrams of eyes (i've fainted at the eye doctor on more than one occasion when they flipped up my eyelids), i'm glad to have this explanation. and i'm hoping it will clear itself out with time.


Bee said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your eye! Glad that Bryan and Julie could bring a bit of comfort, though.

There is such a dichotomy of strength/fragility about the body. I'm thinking about how you make yourself strong through tae kwon do, but then have had to accept the limitations of your digestive system and work around that.

Pursuing Art... said...

I am so sorry, Elizabeth...what a difficult time. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and my fingers and toes are crossed that your eye will heal with time. Take good care of you and keep thinking positive.

Thank you for explaining also. It is important to know the signs that no matter the storm, you need to get to the hospital. My first reaction tends to be the 'oh, it will pass' too.

I'm so glad Bryan was able to help you relax (amazing and perfect timing) and it was so thoughtful and kind that Julie came to visit!

Sending much love and a big heartfelt hug from me...~Lisa