It is evening and I am beginning to feel less dopey and sleepy. My Vitrectomy was this morning. I was told to arrive at the Surgery Center at 8:45. Paperwork and pre-op took about half an hour and then I had to wait my turn. I had never had surgery at a Surgery Center before. It was a very pleasant place. There are four Operating Rooms, so the Pre-op area worked like an assembly line. People came in, were processed, and went off to their OR when their doctor was ready. That is not to say that it felt impersonal or cold. The staff were all wonderful and treated each patient kindly. I didn’t feel like a number, even though I was one of many surgical patients to be seen. There was a little boy, maybe a year old, in the Pre-op area. From looking at him, I would guess that he was having surgery for correcting crossed eyes. He was so good and his parents were wonderful with him. They kept him giggling until the staff took him into the OR. I pray that everything went well for him.
At one point, the anesthesiologist came to talk to me about my sedation. I was happy to hear that, while I was to have local anesthesia, I would actually be put out for a couple of minutes while my rs numbed the area around my eye. Thank goodness! Then, I would be awake but relaxed during the surgery. Although I was very reassured by this, I found tears pouring down my face as they rolled me into the OR. I apologized to the nurse, but she acted as if this was perfectly normal. The anesthesiologist started cracking jokes and soon I was asleep. When I woke up, I was (as promised) completely relaxed. My rs spoke to me and I asked him a couple of questions about what was happening. I sort of drifted in and out until the surgery was over. About 80 minutes after I entered the OR, I found myself in Post-Op. They made sure that I was able to travel, gave my husband my instructions (including prescriptions for FOUR different kinds of eye drops) and sent me on my way.
I was dopey and sleepy and have been dozing all day. John has been taking good care of me and our daughter, Emily, stopped home to check on me. The upper left side of my face was numb for a while, but that wore off. A little Tylenol is sufficient to keep me comfortable. Now that I am awake, I am trying to maintain my “head down” position. I am leaning over as I type this. I can’t see very well, but wanted to let everyone know that I am doing well. Tomorrow I will return to my doc’s office and I think he will remove the bandage from my left eye. Then, we will see what the immediate result of the surgery is, although I realize that it can take up to six months to see the full effect.
I am grateful for the wonderful staff at the Surgery Center and, especially, for my retina specialist. I am also very thankful for all the kind messages and prayers people have sent my way. I am truly blessed to have such a great support system.