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March 28, 2011

Mr Burns Visits the Hospital

Filed under: — brendan @ 17:33 GMT

This morning I had a followup eye exam; instead of being pushed, one of the nurses walked me to the other ward (same floor), which was a nice chance for a little further exercise.  The eye doctor said they’re healing well, and that she definitely sees improvements over last week.  Hours later I still hase massively dialated pupils, reminding us of the Simpsons episode with Mr Burns looking stoned.  I’m tying this with still-blurry vision, but I can see it *just* enough to say most of the words intended.

As a change, this time I wore a face mask over my mouth and nose down to the eye doctor.  (Apparently I really should be wearing these any time I go off the ward for other stuff.)  It wasn’t the most pleasant experience; breathing in got nice clean air, but then exhaling filled the mask with warm air.  Since it took a while to do the examination—after dialation drops, had to wait a full half hour to have them really do their job, apparently—I ended up going for about an hour and a half with the mask.  It made my tummy a little upset; not serious nausea, but enough to make it unpleasant.

Hearing that the eyes are healing was really gratifying, but it didn’t take away from the satisfaction when I was able to go back to my room (this time they had a porter come to offer to walk with me, but I was totally fine being pushed).  As soon as I got back to my bed, off came the mask, and I lay down and rested for a little while, probably doing a bit of a nap: the whole experience took a lot more energy out of me that I’d expected, in contrast to the energy level I’ve felt for the last few days.  Knowing I feel better now, I think my initial experience with wearing a mask, and having it be for so long, really took it out of me.

Warrior Needs Food Badly

Relatively late in the afternoon, I managed to eat my lunch (actually really good, on contrast to most hospital food).  Lots of apple juice helped, too.  That was a bit past 2; ironically, dinner at around 4:30-4:45 means I’m probably not going to be particularly hungry for dinner (“tea”, the “dinner” comes at 12:30pm, Ireland is confusing sometimes, even if you’ve lived here for more than ten years).  I managed to eat my full dinner (tea) too, implying my appetite was still there.  Since this hunger for dinner was a bit of a surprise, I’m noting that I’ve still got two great oranges which E brougcht in from the Punnet in Glasthule.  Even out of season, their fruit & veggies are spectacular.

Numb3rs Still Holding

The white cell count numbers haven’t gone up yet.  It’s no big deal; after another day or two, if they’re not doing it, the doctors will use the growth stimulation (mentioned a few days ago) to encourage while cell development.  They’re confident with either approach; we’re just looking for how the numbers play out tomorrow and probably Wednesday.

On the plus side, my red cell count is staying at a good level.  This means the cells are humming along, and that any small discrepancies are, according to the doctor, being replenished even a little bit.

No more blurry typing. :)   The nurses say I still look stoned.

6 Comments »

  1. Very heartening news about your eyes! Hope everything else falls into line in the same way soon. You ‘sound’ so much better over the last few posts. Keep on keeping on.

    Comment by Michael — March 28, 2011 @ 19:45 GMT

  2. Hopefully you will soon be out without the mask. Dinner (meat, potatoes, 2 veg) in the middle of the day is mid 20th Century term, with ‘tea’ in evening being things like rashers, sausages and tomatoes with toast.

    Comment by Sheelah — March 28, 2011 @ 21:09 GMT

  3. Oh! Knitting! Yay! If it helps, I was totally unable to learn to cast on until I watched a video on YouTube. Any video; it just helped to be able to slow it down and review it over and over as I did it again and again.

    After you’ve got that part going, the knitting is easy enough. (Everyone knits a scarf the first time.) Welcome to the coven!

    Comment by Sabrina — March 29, 2011 @ 00:08 GMT

  4. :o ) On a high note – in the picture E posted you don’t look stoned at all!

    Comment by Li'l Bro — March 29, 2011 @ 02:18 GMT

  5. Keep knitting, from the inside out!!! And hum “Red Cells in the Sunset” to encourage white cells to increase…

    Comment by kuku — March 29, 2011 @ 04:41 GMT

  6. Lookin’ good, Brendan! Yes the Punnet is great. I had a Saturday job there when I was at school. I used to spend my day snacking on fresh peas popped from pods and the odd fig (NOT TOO MANY!)

    Comment by Maria — March 29, 2011 @ 10:40 GMT

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