I arrived in Cairns six weeks ago to go to the hospital to have a severe eye infection treated. For six weeks I have had to manage an intensive series of medications – mostly antibiotics, steroids, and pain relievers – to treat the eye to make the infection go away. This photo shows what I’ve pretty much looked like most of the time. The eye shield is a small plastic cover, with a gauze pad, to protect the eye from accidental rubbing and to protect from light. I have to take it off several times a day to put in eye drops. I’ve mostly been sitting in front of my computer on the Internet, playing games, reading, etc. I have to keep my mind occupied all the time since I can’t do anything physical.
We have been waiting for the corneal ulcer to shrink and go away so the eye can regrow the layer of skin that will protect the eye from further infection like normal. Because of the severity of the infection and defect in the eye, I will likely have very poor vision left when the healing completes. At some later date, months or years from now, I can have surgery to fix the vision. If I had not followed this treatment, we could have lost the eye and I would never have been able to see from it again. So, it was worth the effort.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been hoping we were near the end. The doctor has even ventured to say it would be another two weeks or so – for the last two weeks. Yesterday, my usual doctor wasn’t available for some reason. With another doctor I had measurements taken, and comments that this must have been a serious infection. But, she could not give me an estimate on when healing would be complete. I can see that the defect is thinner, if not much smaller. So, progress is being made still. In fact, I can even see a bit less opaqueness in the bad eye and can see a little bit more – like objects of dark and light around a lighted room. Will it be just another week? Two weeks? Even more? God only knows!
The problem is that we are so cooped up on the boat. We would like to at least go and do some sightseeing or something. The eye was too sensitive to light and too delicate to do any activity these past several weeks. But, during the last few days I can now actually get outside for several hours without painful repercussions. But, the doctor wasn’t available for me to ask if its ok for us to do some short, non-active, sightseeing trips. The next appointment isn’t until next week. And, we still don’t have a possible departure date. It’s soooo frustrating just sitting around waiting for this “day” when the eye will be healed and we can finally go.