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O_O [Oct. 2nd, 2009|11:21 am]
Zoethe
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Just got off the phone with my mom.

You know how sometimes you can be sick or injured, but not realize how sick or injured you really are? Until medical personnel say something meant to reassure you? And how that something assumes a possible outcome so far beyond consideration that it fills you with absolute horror?

Just before they put Mom under to perform emergency surgery on her eye, the doctor patted her on the shoulder and said, "Don't worry. We're going to save your face."

Save your face???

They put her out in ER (didn't want to wait to get her admitted and up to surgery) and inserted a drain behind her eye. Apparently, they drained almost a cup of noxious gunk out of there, and the drain is still in place. They are very impressed that she still has sight in that eye and it appears that the ocular nerve was not compromised by the infection. She will be there at the very least through the weekend. They are still concerned about the infection to the bone, but have hope that they got to it soon enough that they won't have to go in there again.

Mom told me all this and then we discussed the fact that seeing double out of one eye is *not* normal and that maybe she should have gone to the doctor sooner.

Oi.
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[User Picture]From: perseph12
2009-10-02 03:39 pm (UTC)
I am relieved that your mum is getting help. I can only imagine what she's going through, and I am sending healing thoughts her way.

It's amazing how your body's malfunctioning doesn't become serious to you until a doctor confirms the worst case scenario. My last seizure felt tragic, sure, but when I was told I was "fortunate to only have had one," well, it hit a little closer to home.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 03:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, decidedly! And thanks.
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2009-10-02 03:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, holy hell. Keeping you and your mom in my thoughts!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm pretty gobsmacked right now.
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[User Picture]From: mamculuna
2009-10-02 03:46 pm (UTC)
How terrifying, indeed--I hope she recovers quickly and completely.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: manifestress
2009-10-02 03:54 pm (UTC)
WOW

Hope she gets through this quickly and is better than ever.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. And yeah, wow.
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[User Picture]From: sneakingyoda
2009-10-02 04:05 pm (UTC)
O.O

That is all I can say is.

O.O;;

(That and I hope your mom mends fast and that all ends up well.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 04:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was definitely stunned: "Whoa, waitaminute, he said what?!" And thanks.
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[User Picture]From: delosd
2009-10-02 04:07 pm (UTC)
"we discussed the fact that seeing double out of one eye is *not* normal and that maybe she should have gone to the doctor sooner."

Aargh. Well, maybe! And this from the guy that worked a whole day while having a heart attack without noticing... :)

I hope she takes care of herself, for both of you. Thinking of you.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you are not one to talk. ;-)

Then again, this whole year has been a series of, "I didn't think I was that sick..." incidents.

Thanks, dear. Thinking of you as well.
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2009-10-02 04:11 pm (UTC)

Warm healing wishes to your mom.

Wow... that is NOT something I would have wanted to hear before going under.

Glad to hear she's going to be okay though.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 04:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Warm healing wishes to your mom.

Definitely not! And thanks.
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[User Picture]From: chipuni
2009-10-02 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, heavens.

I'm glad that they got the junk out from behind her eye, and I hope that everything turns out for the best.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: sylphon
2009-10-02 04:12 pm (UTC)
ACK. I'm glad she went in, that's scary. I'll be keeping her in my thoughts for a speedy recovery, anything that deep regarding the eye is terrifying. Good thing she mentioned it to you before it went worst-case!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's frustrating being half a country away from her. Then again, it would definitely drive me crazy to live closer to my family!
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-10-02 04:22 pm (UTC)
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a lecture at Cleveland Clinic FL about new treatments and procedures for sinus surgery. The Dr. showed slides of what can happen if you ignore blocked sinuses. It. Was. Not. Pretty. And some of the consequences he described sounded remarkably similar to what your mom has endured. You maybe don't know it's happening until it has really progressed. She was so fortunate not to have lost her sight. Some of those pictures were positively grisly. Hope all goes well, from now on. *sends positive vibes*
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[User Picture]From: bunny42
2009-10-02 04:23 pm (UTC)
Ooops. Sorry. That was I. Dunno how I got logged out.
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[User Picture]From: celamity
2009-10-02 04:29 pm (UTC)
...in that case, I am glad I didn't say what I was thinking when I saw your previous post. Suffice to say I would have been comforted to hear that message from the doctor!

Here's hoping she has a smooth and fairly swift recovery!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 04:32 pm (UTC)
I am filled with curiosity: what didn't you say???
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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2009-10-02 04:38 pm (UTC)
Okay, you and yours officially need to be cut a break from all the health scares. Sheesh.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 07:58 pm (UTC)
Seriously! Did all our warranties expire at the same time???
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2009-10-02 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your mom is going to be okay. Like yourself, (and your mate,) I value my eyesight beyond measure, so a story like this really stays with me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 08:05 pm (UTC)
LossiPods of sight is a terrifying thought. I'm relieved for her.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2009-10-02 05:22 pm (UTC)
Wow! ::good thoughts::

::hug::
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: jnanacandra
2009-10-02 05:24 pm (UTC)
Yipe!

I had a similar moment last year when I had an MRI for my back pain. The doctor at my followup came into the room saying "Good news! No tumors!"

I hadn't even realized a tumor was a possibility until that point. Silly doctors. They mean so well, and sometimes fail so terribly.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 08:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's one of those "missed by a bullet I didn't know was coming" moments. You get the info only after the fact, but you still have to process it all. Weird.
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[User Picture]From: littlebuhnee
2009-10-02 05:24 pm (UTC)
Holy cow! I'm hoping it clears up soon. :(
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 08:10 pm (UTC)
Me too!!
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[User Picture]From: anderyn
2009-10-02 06:04 pm (UTC)
Hope your mom recovers completely.

Man, that sounds Very Scary, indeed!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 08:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I am sort of glad to find out only after the fact - it's still scary!
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[User Picture]From: triskelmoon
2009-10-02 06:08 pm (UTC)
Working at a hospital for almost a decade (though in admin capacities) has given me a big appreciation for how often people don't realize how sick they can get. I'm so glad it sounds like your mom's was caught in time.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 08:14 pm (UTC)
It must seem like people are either there when they shouldn't be or there much later than they should have been.
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[User Picture]From: brujah
2009-10-02 06:12 pm (UTC)
O_O

*hugs you and her*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks dear.
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[User Picture]From: elfwench
2009-10-02 07:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I cringed yesterday when you said it was in the bone, but didn't want to add to your worry. I really hope that they are going to be able to eradicate the infection without removing any bone. I'm keeping you and your mother in my thoughts and prayers. {{tight hugs}}
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 08:16 pm (UTC)
I do understand how pernicious a bone infection can be. Thanks for positive prayers.
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[User Picture]From: naamah_darling
2009-10-02 07:16 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

Dear heavenly wombats of paradise, that is scary and foul and I hope they are able to FIX IT.

My thoughts are with her today.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 08:18 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: violet_helix
2009-10-02 08:13 pm (UTC)
Throw my positive thought onto the pile.
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[User Picture]From: violet_helix
2009-10-02 08:14 pm (UTC)
*thoughts*
You definitely get more than one!
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[User Picture]From: tfcocs
2009-10-02 08:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, my goodness. My thoughts are with your family.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-10-02 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much.
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[User Picture]From: dana3
2009-10-02 08:31 pm (UTC)
Glad she's getting this tended to!! Healing for her ... :D
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2009-10-02 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thank Goodness they got it before it got any worse! I'll continue my prayers for a speedy recovery, and for you to have an end of the "bad medical news" syndrome!!!
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