That was the advice of the ophthalmic surgeon once he had finished repairing the retinal tear in my left eye.
In case anyone reading this didn’t catch my 5-minute YouTube video on what happened to my eye, and why I won’t be making any videos for the next few weeks, I’ve linked to it here.
And a zillion thanks to everyone who commented on that video, sending me good wishes and hopes of a speedy recovery. It really cheered me up no end.
But I still want to find the three people who down-voted that video! I mean, really?
Anyway, the surgeon then explained how I was to lie on my right side, in bed, for the next 5 days. Day and night, with just 10 minutes an hour to get up (gently does it) and go to the loo, or shower (with goggles) or just feel sorry for myself a bit.
The following five days after that I was to sit up in bed, during the day only, and sleep on my right-hand side at night. I could read and watch TV. Or Julian’s YouTube videos. Just to pass the time.
“Never sleep on your back or on the left side,” he said. Put your life on hold for two weeks, he said. No kidding.
So I followed the instructions, pretty much to the letter, and had my eye drops every four hours, administered by my wife. I’ve promoted her to full carer status, as she waited on me hand and foot during this time as I lay motionless in my bed. 33 years of marriage and she still does it.
Do you know how uncomfortable, nay, painful it can be lying on the same side for 10 days?
But today is day 11.
I no longer have to stay in bed. I can move gently about and do stuff. I just must not bend down below waist level or lift heavy stuff to avoid putting pressure on my eye.
Did I say do stuff? Easier said than done when my left-eye vision is that of a porthole with liquid at exactly the mid-way point, sloshing around and really, really irritating me as I try and do anything.
Above the liquid line, I can see much more clearly, albeit a bit smeary, with lots of “floaters” – black blobs and strings floating about in my eye. This is normal but very disappointing as I had hoped that as the surgeon had sucked out all my eye-jelly (vitreous) he would have also sucked out the floaters. Not so. I’ll keep the eye-patch on for a while longer, I think.
The best I can do is sit still at my workshop bench doing some R&D for my next video (or two). I was about to start filming when I was interrupted by the whole eye incident, so that will be a good starting point.
The gas bubble in my eye should be gone in a couple more weeks, so I can return to work and life, in general.
The saga doesn’t stop there.
Just to add icing on the cake, I’ve also been told that my part-time job in a well known UK DIY store will not pay me sick-pay, as I’ve only been there 5 months. I’d only be eligible for sick pay after six months.
“Unfortunate timing”, said my manager. Really, you think?
I really need to stop being resentful and be more grateful that things are currently progressing well. Imagine if this had happened 100 years ago; I’d be blind in that eye by next summer.
Anyway, the doctor reckons I should get SSP (Statutory Sick Pay, a UK social benefit) but as I only work a couple of days a week it will not amount to much. But anything will be gratefully received! Perhaps I really do need to up my YouTube game and make it earn money!
So here I am, pretty frustrated that I can’t really do that much after all, and I’m super-wary of stressing out the eye by over-doing it anyway. I shall do lots of research on all things Arduino, ESP8266 and Raspberry Pi (including Tasmota and Node-RED) so I can hit the ground running once this episode in my life has been successfully concluded.
Keep tuned and I’ll keep you updated.
Tags: Ralph Bacon