Happy Friday! I know it has been a few weeks since I have written a post. This is the longest time since starting my blog that I haven’t posted and it feels a little weird and a little eye opening (pun intended). I had an accident on my way to the Blogpaws conference two weeks ago. I was rushing because I am always totally over-committed and stabbed myself in my left eye with a round bristle brush. It hurt. Badly. I was and am mad at myself that I created this injury and tried to shake it off the best I could. Let me tell you that this has been a huge eye opening experience for me (pun intended again). I have to slow down.
The pain was terrible but in me fashion I pulled myself somewhat together and drove down to my conference. I made it through meeting each of the vendors while wearing sunglasses but I was determined to complete the day. I didn’t realize until the next evening that I was in trouble. My left eye completely swollen and the pain unbearable I finally decided to call my new eye Dr. and ask for some help. It is one thing to be tough and it is another to be stupid. I was a little of both but luckily I had a great doc on the other end of the phone who was smart.
Thankfully, I had one appointment with my new eye Dr. Cohen a few weeks prior to this incident to check the overall health of my peepers. I hate doctors but after my last few weeks receiving care from Dr. Cohen from Doctor My Eyes, I think I can make an exception for him. Dr. Stephen Cohen answered a call from me on Sunday morning at 7AM! He talked me through a few options but after hearing the amount of pain I was having he offered to meet me at his office that day and take a closer look! I don’t know many doctors would do that. I was desperate and thankful so I went and I am happy I did. Dr. Cohen found that I had scratched nearly 40% of the cornea on my left eye and couldn’t believe that I was walking around like that for the past few days. He immediately suggested placing a “disk” in my eye to begin the healing process. I can’t tell you the medical background of what the disk did but in laymen’s terms the disk had stem cells on it and placed in my eye while working to rebuild the cornea cells of my scratch. The advancements in technology and medicine are incredible and when you have a Dr. like Dr. Cohen who cares and is totally up to date on all treatments in his field you can’t ask for more.
The disk was in my eye for 4 days and the doc took it out on Wednesday with tweezers (ewwwwww). He said the scratch is nearly 100% healed but I still have blurry vision in that eye which can be corrected with prescription and he hopes over time. I need to get off this computer/my phone and work a system of being on for 20 minutes and off for 20 minutes to treat my eyes better and let them heal completely! This was not a joke and I am taking this as a warning from up above. I am very lucky and not taking this lightly. Thank you Dr. Stephen Cohen for helping me see so much more than with my two healthy eyes.
BONUS: Dr. Stephen Cohen and Doctor My Eyes is so forward thinking that his Facebook page featured moi. Here is the post….
AND SHE HANDLED IT WITH A SMILE…
Meet Melany, who accidentally scratched her eye last Friday with a hairbrush. By Sunday morning, it had increased to a large, full blown “erosion” of the front of her eye (“cornea”). We met at the office and she is being treated with an exciting relatively new method. I inserted a ring of amniotic tissue (stem cells) onto the surface of her eye. (www.biotissue.com) This will accelerate healing, protect the surface of her eye, and decrease the chance of vision-compromising scarring of her cornea.
She is getting better and has certainly earned the “I am a super patient” sticker she was given on Sunday! –
Anyone in the Phoenix area needing an eye Dr. – I can’t recommend Dr. Cohen enough. Thank you to Doctor My Eyes/Stephen Cohen, O.D. for EVERYTHING! Truly grateful for you and don’t know what I would have done without you. THANK YOU! And…now, per doctor’s orders…getting off the computer.
******(Special shout out to Brian and mom for taking amazing care of me during this entire ordeal as well. They get a special sticker too! I wouldn’t have been able to heal with out you both.)
**Stay snarky my friends!**