My Eye Injury
Friday, January 27, 2012
September 15, 2010 I was standing about 10' away from my husband as he was mowing down my fall garden for me when he ran over a potato size rock. I remember hearing the grinding noise and before I knew it I had fallen onto my knees with blood pouring out of my right eye. I tried waving and yelling to my husband as he drove away on the tractor, unaware that the rock had jettisoned out the back of the mower and hit me in the eye.
Next thing I knew I was in the car being rushed to our rural urgent care center. They called the fire department and I was rushed to the suburban hospital and there they sent me by ambulance to Henry Ford Hospital in downtown Detroit. I was admitted to the hospital and put on steroids by IV, orally and drops in my eye. I knew it looked bad when the nurses would nearly pass out when they had to put the drops in my eye. There was so much blood in my eye that the doctors couldn't determine what the exact nature of the damage was until 3 weeks later. It was then determined that I had a ruptured eye globe [eyeball] and 2 detached retinas.
After surgery for the detached retinas I was lucky that my eye globe had begun to heal itself and I did not lose my eye. But as my eye healed and I recovered from the surgery I was left with double vision. In October 2011 I had another surgery with an occular mobility opthamalogist to remove the scar tissue from my eye muscles in the hope of allowing the muscle to move freely thereby eliminating the double vision. It has helped my peripheral vision, better aligned my eye visually, but I still have double vison.
I had gained 20# during this period due to the drugs I was on, inability to exercise and probably emotional eating. That weight has finally come off. Now I am working on those stubborn pounds that I'd put on over the years before the injury. SparkPeople has been an important part of my weight loss journey. I love all the support, love supporting my teams and Sparkfriends and try my best to participate in teams and challenges. I still have double vision, and sometimes it is hard for me to read and write long lines of text. I do the best I can and try not to let this overwhelm me.