Friday, February 24, 2017

Surgery a Few Days From Now

My cataract surgery is Wednesday at 8:00 am. Most people say it is no big deal. Well it is if you have other health conditions.

 Filled out pre-registration forms on line. Stated a person had to drive you home. No problem. Said someone had to stay with you for 24 hours. That is a problem when you have no family. What they don't know won't hurt them.

Just wish I could go back home.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Update on Cataract surgery

Saw my eye doctor Monday. After multiple tests, doctor scheduled surgery to remove the cataract on my left eye. She said she couldn't give me any hope in regards to improving my vision because I had too many things working against me: plaquenil toxicity, immunosuppressant medication (benlysta), glaucoma, lupus, and dry eye from the lupus, She also informed me that I run a higher risk of infection and possibility of losing this eye because of all of the above. With lupus my immune system is over active causing any physical illness to go off the charts. Instead of my immune system attacking the illness, it attacks my body. So Benlysta suppresses the immune system. It also opens me up for infections.

Surgery is scheduled for March 1st with a follow up on the 2nd. Not looking forward to this. The cataract on the right eye is now as large as the left. Thankfully the new eye drops have dropped the pressure in my eyes allowing me to have surgery.

This time of the month the Benlysta wears off. The pain is unbearable. Fevers are frequent. Bed rest is a must. My next IV infusion is Monday. Sometimes I wonder if it is worth it.

Appreciate your prayers!!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Lupus Flares and Update

Lupus flare hit me hard on Friday. Throwing up, severe pain, fevers, etc. Etc. Etc. Emotional upset, stress from neighbor problems, death, and life alone in general just all exploded like a volcano. Been in Bedford three days only to get up today to go to an eye doctor's appointment to do presurgery tests for cataracts.

No hope was given by the doctor to restore sight due to plaquenil toxicity, lupus, and glaucoma working against me. Hoping the removal of the cataract will lower the eye pressure and prevent blindness for awhile. Surgery is March 1st for left eye.

The neighborhood stress! If you wonder if your bad choices have any effect on others, YES IT DOES!! The police have been to the duplex next to me four times since February 1. The police now make it a point to patrol this neighborhood every day several times a day. Problem is they never take the problem away. I made a statement recently saying I wondered if I'd ever find a safe place to live. A friend responded with the question, "what is a safe place?" Spoken like someone who has never experienced unsafe places. I said a safe place doesn't require the police every other day!

Add all of this to the life of someone who is physically ill and whose life is going down hill every day and you have hope fading fast.

I have no patience with cry babies  in the news, fools who want to argue, and people who have never suffered pain. Sometimes I just want to tell Shut up already!

Trust me when I say screaming doesn't help!