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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Mish-Mash Update

I'm tired.

And heavy-hearted, today.

Somehow that seems to be enough said. The last 4 weeks have been gruelling. Although my arms are feeling much improved, I'm now in physio for the next six weeks. The good news is that I have resumed my running and am easily ticking off 300+ calories in a 30 minute session. Our bodies are amazing machines, their resiliency is remarkable.

I always swore I would never run. That I hated it! I've always been a walker so to suddenly find myself running - and enjoying it no less - comes as a surprise I would never have expected. A most pleasant one in deed. And I've found a time of day that really works for me - somewhere between 4 and 5 in the evening.

My mom called this morning to let me know that my dad's eye has been causing him problems again. A few years ago he lost the sight in his left eye due to a stroke that affected his eye only - no other impact on his body or brain. It resulted in months of painful therapy and elevated eye pressure - for which he need laser surgery that actually burned a hole through the eye to allow draining and relieve the pressure. He had to have the procedure done in Halifax where we were living at the time. His recovery took place at our house - I'm not sure who it was harder on. Obviously him, but to see a man so strong rendered so helpless - not to mention the pain (he was awake for the procedure and no pain meds could be administered) that ensued throughout and afterward was heart breaking.

The call this morning was to let me know that the pressure is once again up in the damaged eye and his good eye is also elevated. I am absolutely terrified that my father could lose the vision in his good eye. I can't even go there. There are two solutions being considered. One is to put a stint or permanent drain in the eye or to remove the eye all together. Today he has gone to talk to a couple of people who have had similar surgeries in the recent past. The consensus in my family is that he should have the eye removed. I think they would then be better able to monitor his good eye for changes without wondering if its elevated pressure is linked to the damaged one.

For the most part, my family has suffered very little when it comes to personal tragedy or sickness. For this I am most thankful. I know that there are lessons to be learned - like dependence and pulling together and facing your fears in uncertain times. The most difficult part is that our worlds are these self-made vortexes that don't stop - we somehow get them wound so tight that when we need to break free of them to care for ourselves or the ones we love, their forces are so strong that they keep pulling us back in - dividing our hearts and minds.

May peace abound fully with you today. Namaste.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

My father in law managed for over 20 years with elevated pressure (to the extreme) in both eyes and my brother in law who is in his 20s has the same thing. They both use drops to control it with various interventions like laser, but they've not had to have their eyes removed.

Just wanted to give you a little hope.

Smarts said...

Thank you for your comment. I expect in the next couple of days my dad will make a decision. He has not had a lot of success with the drops and the doctor who did his initial laser therapy did more of a butch job than anything help - thankfully he now under the care of different specialist. The pressure is currently at 58 in his blind eye - which is high enough to cause the cornea to bubble. Given that he is blind in the eye, losing it doesn't seem so devistating.

Your brother-in-law, what do they attribute the elevated pressure to?