Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Kind of scary experience...last night as I was working on a painting, the sight in my left eye gradually became almost non-existent...put my hand up to my eye, and it came away covered in blood. Hm..."self," says I, "do not panic. Panic will not help." Off I went to the E.R. where the doc informed me that I had a cut cornea. Now I have had a couple of those in my time, and I knew this was not the case, since I had not experienced any injury, and had not even the slightest degree of pain. So, cold compresses, antibiotic drops, and a night of mopping up thimbles full of blood every hour or so, and I saw my retina specialist this a.m. Sub-dural hemorhage and possible scleral rupture is the tentative diagnosis. He said that in 40 years of practicing medicine, he had never seen this before. That is not reassuring somehow. The bleeding is down to an ooze by this time (about 5:00p.m.CST). Barring no further awefulness, I'm to see him again Monday a.m. and he says "possible scleral patch." I have already had a detached retina and cataract surgery in both eyes...I'm not excited about this.