going for surgery

By melaniebecerra Latest Reply 2012-02-14 14:20:18 -0600
Started 2012-01-19 01:16:46 -0600

i am going in for surgery february 9th, to have my eyeball cut open :( :( so scared about this never had surgery especially on my eyes. good news is my right eye is now at 20/55 from 20/80 which used to be my worse eye, ny good eye is now the eye i am legally blind in and gone be getting surgery. it has too many floaters and is preventing me from seeing so they are going in to manually remove them. the doctor said unless you are planning on getting scratch by a bear in the eye you dont need this part, i told him only thing i am planning on doing is seeing again. i am just so freaked out about this surgery…another good news is my pink pump is on its way YAY FINALLY :)

27 replies

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-02-08 20:34:12 -0600 Report

Best wishes and prayers for your surgery.

melaniebecerra 2012-02-14 00:53:56 -0600 Report

i got 4 days before surgery and getting more nervous by the minute lol

jayabee52 2012-02-14 14:20:18 -0600 Report

Please relax melanie! Just do some guided visualizations of being in a green mountain meadow with a murmuring brook running through it. Tranquil, serene, peaceful.

I am praying that God's "got your back!"

pixsidust 2012-01-20 16:57:07 -0600 Report

The medical profession is so good at this
The surgical equipment used to perform surgeries so precise…
I know you are scared and have every right to feel that way
You are going to see!!!! I am thankful and glad for you.

be with Melanie
Calm her fear and apprehension
Guide the doctors in doing this surgery
Let her heal quickly and results
be better than expected
Give her sleep and peace in the meantime
We know you love her more than we do
and thats ever so much!

I will remember you on the 9th and can't wait to see how you do

Young1s 2012-01-20 10:37:33 -0600 Report

Sending you lots of well wishes for your upcoming surgery. Be brave and try to visualize (no pun) a positive outcome. Take care.

jigsaw 2012-01-20 10:23:03 -0600 Report

A pleasant thought:… Before you know it, the surgery will be over with and you'll be back to your reg routines, only feeling great !

berrykins0 2012-01-19 16:38:50 -0600 Report

hope surgery goes well for you itwill make things better for you so you can see again thats what matters most.

northerngal 2012-01-19 15:01:54 -0600 Report

Sounds like you are having whats called a vitrectomy. I needed that last summer. Woke up with very clouded vision in my left eye and it got worse throughout the day. Saw an optometrist, who sent me to an optalmologist. Had surgery two days later. It went fine and is actually considered minor (not for the person recieving it). They remove the gel from inside the eye (it fills with blood from leaking vessels) and replace it with a bubble or liquid. They didn't even have me remove my pump (didn't use any magnetic equipment). It left a dark circle in my vision that dissipated in a week or two. Had to use about four different eye drops for various amounts of time, the longest of which was two or three weeks. One thing to be aware of: I am VERY sensitive to steroid based meds, and one of the eye drops was steroid based. It raised the blood sugar readings by about 100-150 points. They insisted it wouldn't affect me, but it did. Not being able to exercise didn't help, but beware that you may need higher doses of insulin for a while. Also, Make sure they are aware of ALL PRECAUTIONS needed for your diabetes. DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO TREAT YOU LIKE JUST ANOTHER PATIENT, because you aren't. Bring a friend or family member who is well informed about your situation and not afraid to speak up. The hospital where I went was on top of everything, even though the surgeon wasn't. I've had multiple eye surgeries for various reasons and I was fastideous about sanitation and following instructions. They're the only set of eyes I have and they need to be protected. Good luck to you, and if you have any questions that I can help with, please ask.

melaniebecerra 2012-01-19 16:48:42 -0600 Report

whats the pain like? lol

northerngal 2012-01-20 13:56:11 -0600 Report

There wasn't any pain. It felt uncomfortable, like maybe something in the eye, but nothing more. The toughest for me was not lifting anything (over ten pounds, which is everything), no strenuous exercise, minimal reading, minimal computer use, and avoiding looking down too much. (Similar to cataract surgery) but the recovery seems to take a long time. The dark bubble in my vision dissipated fairly quickly, but its never fast enough because you can't see through it and it's very annoying. It worked out great and the vision is perfectly clear in that eye now. It's the weaker one, so it will never be 20/20, but I'm ok with that. I was careful to follow precautions and instructions to the letter because diabetics take much more time to heal. Keep a positive attitude, I think that makes a world of difference. Get all questions answered before-hand, so you are comfortable with it when you go in. Mine was VERY early morning, I was too tired to worry! lol! Good Luck!

melaniebecerra 2012-01-21 02:32:18 -0600 Report

well that makes me feel better, i am hoping it will go back to 20/20 since this used to be my better eye but i will take what i can and hope for the better, just want to drive a car again need 20/40 for that :)

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-19 20:13:11 -0600 Report

Melanie I have no idea but I think I would leave it unanswered as that is one of the things you might not want to dwell on. No matter how much it involves, you have a very cute daughter and I think you will do what ever you have to see her grow up in to a stunning young lady.
Take Care

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-19 12:51:38 -0600 Report

Melanie, I know it is difficult but just keep the good thoughts of why you are going through this,and not dwell on the negatives. You will be in my thoughts, please drop-in so we can keep offering our support.

GabbyPA 2012-01-19 10:58:01 -0600 Report

Surgeries are always a bit scary, but if you focus on the great results you are going to have, it will all be worth it. I will be praying for you and a speedy recovery so you can go out and face those "bears" .

Nick1962 2012-01-19 10:00:54 -0600 Report

Melanie; good to hear things are improving and you'll be getting the floaters fixed. Eye surgery is a freaky thing but the things they can do these days with eyes is amazing. Just make sure to keep up with the drops they'll probably give you, and stay away from the computer for a few days to allow healing. Best of luck!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-19 02:24:27 -0600 Report

Oh sweetie, so sorry you are scared, but just think of the outcome, better vision:) Also, at least you have that option and I'm sure all will work out well for you. I'll say a prayer for you.

Good luck