Sometimes I think all of life is really about twists and turns – never a path that goes from Point A to Point B – but a circuitous route that can challenge the most adventurous spirit. And I’m not referring to a Robert Frost philosophical ‘road less traveled.’ I’m talking about those everyday things that happen – flat tire, no heat, bad weather, whatever, that you have to fix before you can do the thing you woke up to do in the first place. Well that’s been my year.
As many of you know I decided to go forward with the vitrectomy to peel a macular pucker from my left eye. A sensitive operation, sure, but not life-changing. Even with known allergies to medications, I put myself in the hands of competent doctors and nurses on November 12, 2012 for the operation. It went without a hitch or so it seemed. I woke up with no pain and learned that three layers of membrane (scar tissue) had been removed from the macula. I left the hospital and went home to recover for a few days. My eye was a bit blurry but that was to be expected……and then came one of those twists and turns.
The blurriness in the left eye continued, and continued. Seems there was unexplained swelling at the back of the eye. First, we assumed it was from the peeling of all those layers of tissue but after three months there was no change. I was on a prednisone-type drop four times a day and then eventually an injection of Avastin – still no change.
Twist and turn number two occurred when I found out that now a cataract was developing in the left eye – an always possible side effect from the operation. Reading became quite difficult as did driving. Since I didn’t drive much anyway, I gave up everything but local travel.
Throughout all of this time, I was experiencing severe stiffness and ongoing pain from my osteoarthritis. Difficulty walking and doing simple chores around the house became a nightmare.
I could continue this story, twist by twist and turn by turn but you would soon tire of reading about this. So, how am I now?
My arthritis is somewhat under control, aquatic therapy helped ease the pain, cataract surgery on the left eye went better than hoped for and I now read with that eye 20/70 without glasses. I’ve learned that I don’t have to do everything TODAY, I can let others help me and I’ve learned the happiness that a small white dog can bring.
There have been some other things trying to divert me from the path, but I’m determined to just go with the flow and try to learn and enjoy what comes my way.
Next time I will explore the Ups and Downs that came along for the ride with Twist and Turns.