Friday, October 04, 2013

Eye-drop Alley

In the last week or so, I have become quite the expert eye-drop installer.  Let me 'splain.

First, Mom returned home from a week-long visit up to Yakima, Washington.  When she came over to collect her mail, I noticed that her eye was very reddened.  She is already scheduled to see her eye doctor in Portland soon, but that date was 2 weeks away.  So Denis prescribed her some basic antibiotic drops to see if it would improve.  So twice a day, Mom comes over and gets her drops for a week.  It seemed to be getting better initially, but after about 5 days, it became more reddened again.  So we bit the bullet and got her in to see a local ophthalmologist.  Fortunately, it doesn't seem to be anything serious.  Now we have antibiotic drops that also have a steroid in and a more aggressive schedule to follow.  So, four times a day, Mom comes over for her drop.

Meanwhile, Denis had cataract surgery on Thursday this week.  Starting Wednesday night, he had three different eye drops that need to be instilled on different schedules.  Denis' eye drop schedule continues for three weeks, so I will be doing this for a while....  :)

I'm excited about Denis' surgery.  He's had a pretty bad cataract in his left eye for several years.  In the last three months, it's gotten so bad that he gets a headache from lights and the stress of working hard to see.  So far, he still can't see too great, but it's only been 18 hours since the surgery.  His eye stings a bit and it's watering.  We got for a follow up appointment today.


Martha said...

I have had lots of eye drop practice. First there was Josiah who was poked int he eye with a pencil when he was 10. He had cataract surgery on one eye. Then there was Mom who had both her eyes done this winter/spring. I thought the eye drop regimen would never end.

I hope Denis is feeling better and seeing more soon!

You are a hero!

Tracy said...

LOL. Well, I'm not sure about that last part.

Brian Slind said...

Has your mom's eye cleared up? Hope your doing well.