Wills Eye Consultation Center

Next month I will have orbital decompression surgery to address some of the issues with my eyes that have been caused by thyroid eye disease. There is a 30% chance that the surgery could cause some double vision which means that after recovery surgery, which can take up to two weeks, I may have second surgery a few months later to correct the double vision.

Recovery could be painful, and I may have to keep my eyes covered in bandages, something that I think will be challenging for me.

The surgery was successful. I was scheduled for surgery on 17th Monday at 7:30 AM. The surgeons were concerned about my elevated heart rate and body temperature.

My surgery was pushed back while the surgeons conferred. I was moved to a monitoring room to monitor my temperature, pulse and blood pressure and put on beta blockers to reduce my heart rate. I woke up in the recovery room.

My heart rate was still elevated, my surgeon had me stay in the hospital 48 hours for observation. My neck and throat area were in intense pain and my throat hurt. It is difficult to swallow solid food. My meals are soups and smoothies. But I am recovering quickly. I came home on Wednesday afternoon.

My neck is still sore and I was on painkillers until Friday but I think I may be back to work by Wednesday. I’m not allowed to drive until I can easily turn my head so I will most likely telecommute.

Uodate: I lost 20lbs in those two weeks. My clothes don’t fit.

Life has its trying moments.