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Old Apr 24th, 2017, 04:54 AM   1
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Eye surgery, has anyone had it?


I have loads of problems with my eyes and had an appt with my consultant last Friday who announced it was time to operate. I'm now on a waiting list for a vitrectomy, retina attachment and lens replacement. They've advised I have to stay in a face down position for 50 mins out of every hour for 2-3 days after the surgery which should be fun with a 3 yr old wanting my attention. Has anyone else had a similar surgery/after care instruction who can tell me how it was and how they coped?



 
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Old Apr 24th, 2017, 11:17 AM   2
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Gosh that sounds tough. Honestly I'd be making alternative childcare plans for those days.



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Old Apr 24th, 2017, 13:38 PM   3
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I'm hoping I'£ll get plenty of notice of the op, unfortunately with it being NHS I could be waiting months then have for a date a couple of days later.

If it goes the way I want it will be a Monday or Tuesday so LO has W,T & F in nursery 8am-6pm and my hubby can do mornings and evenings with her while I'm in bed.

Bit that makes me shudder is that it's done with a local so 60-90 minutes of them operating on my eye while I'm awake 😱



 
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Old Apr 24th, 2017, 14:59 PM   4
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It sounds tough the fact that you are awake, I imagine you are sedated to some point though so you are more relaxed. My dad had eye surgery on his cataracts and he was awake, and he said it was "okay", he is quite a good patient. I am not so, and I have some problem with styes and rosacea in my eyes, and my doctor said something about them turning my eyelid back to front and injecting steroids in them. My problem is I'm the worse eye-patient there can be, I am basically blinking and pushing backwards when the doctor has barely touched my eye. I agree that you can't be looking after your child. I am due hip surgery in the next years, and I'll be in hospital for quite a few days and then at home I will be limited for some time, so I find that daunting that I won't be able to look after the kids as normal and the dreaded in laws will be hand. I really hope it goes well, I imagine the anxiety of it all will be worse that the actual op X



 
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Old Apr 29th, 2017, 07:41 AM   5
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Well got my pre-op assessment through for 16th may so looks like surgery june-ish.



 
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Old Apr 29th, 2017, 07:55 AM   6
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Let us know how it goes X



 
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Old Apr 30th, 2017, 08:01 AM   7
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I'm sure the eye surgery will be fine. People can be a bit squeamish about eyes - I wear contact lenses and people wonder how I can touch my eyes! But it will be fine. You'll need to have a childcare plan ready to go for those three days, though!



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Old Jun 15th, 2017, 12:54 PM   8
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I'm going under the knife on 12th July. I'm fine don't I'm not too bothered by the surgery aspect but the recovery bit is bothering me. The idea of having to be face down for 3 days with only 10 mins an hour when I can raise my head is getting to me.

How do I stop the boredom? How do I prevent or deal with the back/neck pain?

It's a Wednesday so lex will be in nursery all that day and the next 2 days so that will help.



 
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Old Jun 15th, 2017, 15:26 PM   9
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That does sound very tough. I can only recommend for the boredom thing getting some audiobooks that you could listen to. I'm not sure about the neck thing though, could you possibly hire one of those massage tables that have a hole for the head to lie on? It might be easier on the neck? But that is only my personal guess X



 
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