Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I've really been prescribed REST. No, really.
I can't even... rest? That's IT?
Well, a few other things too. My eye is paralyzed to let the inflammation of the optic nerve that's behind the eyeball in the brain heal, I have no pupil reflex and am currently wearing an eyepatch and getting a blackout contact lens tomorrow (basically an opaque black soft contact lens), which will stay in for two weeks whenever I'm not wearing the eyepatch. All in all, I got off easy- it's a brain thing, but one I can heal from.
The bad news is that I can't take the steroids normally prescribed and will have to rely on my immune system to heal, an immune system that's apparently compromised due to... exhaustion? I haven't been feeling exhausted at all really, even today when I haven't had a chance to catch any sleep in over 24h because I've been keeping up my work despite the hospital hours. The docs were rather astonished I didn't fall asleep in the MRI (but who can, it's VERY loud).
I'm prohibited from working more than 42 hours next week and 21 this week. What am I going to do with all this time?
Well, for one I plan on getting a head start in the search for a personal trainer. I'm to keep up my exercise regimen, it's apparently the thing that kept me going when I shouldn't have been able to. Still, just seven hours of work a day six days a week leaves so much time... I just hope I won't be climbing the walls out of boredom or start crazy projects just because I can.
Thank you so much for all your well-wishes, everyone. I read through them before every one of the diagnostic steps taken today, and the gave me the courage and willpower to keep on keeping on with a smile on my face.
Here's to healing, and to happy new beginnings, and to resting.
Who knows, maybe I'll get used to that and will be so lazy I don't want to return to working full-time at all!