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Hello beautiful people! I wanted to write a post before I had surgery, but I had so many things to do in preparation I simply ran out of time.

So what’s the deal with surgery?

The Short Answer:

I had my left eye removed a few weeks ago. Yes, it hurt very badly.

The Long Answer:

I was born with very poor vision. As time progressed, it got a lot worse. I lost all the vision in my left eye at age 9. When you go for long time without vision in one or both of your eyes, it’s possible for the eye to start shrinking. It’s like any other part of your body, if you don’t use it you lose it. My left eye started shrinking about 5 years ago. I took a variety of eye drops in hopes of resolving the process. These attempts were unsuccessful. Halfway though the spring 2013 term, I began having daily migraines. After a brief consultation, my doctor informed me I would need my eye removed. I was horrified. I wanted to see if there was anything that could be done. I was prescribed a stronger eye drop. This did slow down the process, but I still experienced a lot of pain daily. I continued taking eye drops and seeing my doctor regularly over the next year. I returned to school this fall to work on my art degree. In October, I experienced a very sharp pain in my left eye. I immediately headed to see my doctor. My eye had started tearing and rapidly decomposing. After some second, third, and even fourth opines, I accepted that it was time to schedule surgery. I was scheduled for surgery in January and given some medicine to manage the pain.

So What Now?

Well, first I finish recovering. It’s been about a month, and I’m feeling much better. I was very sick for the first few weeks. Much sicker than I had ever been in my life. From the time of surgery it takes about 6 weeks for the eye socket to heal. After 6 weeks, which is around the 1st of March for me, the doctor will check my eye socket to see if I’m ready to be fit for my prothesis. If everything looks good, they’ll order my prothesis, and a few weeks after that I’ll have everything put in place. I should start to feel much better overall, have fewer headaches, and fewer uncomfortable days in general. I’ll be able to do many of the things I’ve been missing out on for the last 11 years like riding roller coasters, and playing laser tag. There are still a lot of things I can’t do, but it’ll be nice to have more options. My whole quality of life will improve, and this is only one piece of the puzzle. I’ll be getting my guide dog very soon, but that’s a whole other post.

Eryn Rochelle

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