Monthly Archives: March 2014

A visit with Dr. Sacks

Three weeks ago I took my first flight, since brain surgery, to Punta Cana for a little R & R with my friend Elise.  I was very nervous about head pain due to the cabin air pressure that comes along with flying.  Since I had no side effects, (aside from my usual anxiety), I think it’s safe to say that I can check that worry off my post-Trudy list and be okay flying anywhere.  Hooray!  We had a wonderful time.

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Also, I had an eye appointment with Dr. Sacks this past Thursday.  For those of you who don’t remember, he is the man who saved my life and will be forever my hero!  It’s been almost 9 months since my last eye exam with him when he stressed how important it was that I go see a neuro-ophthalmologist because something was causing some serious swelling behind my eyes.  We all know what happened after that.

My eye exam showed improvement in my vision once again and slight astigmatism in my left eye.  My prescription changed a bit—from a -.75 in each eye to a -.5 (again, if you wear glasses, this will make sense to you), and he gave me a corrective lens for my left eye astigmatism.  Being the wonderfully thorough doctor he is, he showed me the difference between seeing with and without the corrective lens in my left eye.  It made a huge difference!  It really sharpened the way I see out of my left eye.  Thanks, Dr.!

After the exam, he took fresh images of my optic nerves.  Again, if you can remember, this is what really worried Dr. Sacks last July and showed the severe papilledema, or swelling inside my head.  I am SO happy to share that the swelling is totally gone and my left optic nerve looks normal again!

If you look at the left images below you can see the cloudy/blurry white fuzz around my optic nerve.  That was the major swelling caused by Trudy.  The images on the right are my optic nerve today.  Kinda creepy, right?  I still cannot thank that man enough for going the extra mile that fateful day and finding this huge problem I called Trudy.  Dr. Sacks, you are the best!

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Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

People say “no news is good news,” right?  Currently that’s how I feel and I think that’s definitely a positive thing!  I’ve been so busy with work lately that I forget to even blog anymore!  I am working full-time at the real estate office and love it.  The foreclosure real estate business is extremely busy; I can’t believe people are out buying homes in these frigid temperatures!  I’d say my stamina is back 100% and I can handle 40 hours a week of work in that type of setting.

A few weeks ago, I had my 6-month follow-up with Dr. Pula (for those who need a refresher, he is my neuro-ophthalmologist).  His assistant performed another OCT scan to test the pressure behind my eyes.  I’m happy to report the pressure has gone down even more!  This makes sense considering Trudy’s leftover piece shrunk 1 mm.

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He also said my eyesight will not change from this point forward.  Whatever my prescription is is what it will be (for now anyway; I’m fully aware most peoples’ eyesight gets progressively worse over time).  I still gotta schedule that appointment to get a new prescription with my hero, Dr. Sacks.  I will follow up with Dr. Pula again in one year. Hooray for fewer doctor appointments!

Aside from that news, I am looking forward to my upcoming vacation with one of my besties, Elise.  We will be spending 5 nights in Punta Cana.  I think I deserve a little vacay after what I went through last year, right?!  The only thing I am a tad nervous about is the flight.  Not only am I afraid of flying, but it’s a 4-5 hour flight (my first flight since surgery), and I’m concerned about the cabin pressure and it hurting my head.  Stay tuned for how that goes.  Bon voyage!