Liralen Li (liralen) wrote,
Liralen Li


... finally finally finally finished, I think, with the eye problem since last August.

It's called molluscum contagiousum on the lip of the upper eyelid for my right eye. It was really funny, incandescens that the doctor was having an interesting time coding what he'd done for the insurance folks and I was able to talk with him a little bit about it because of your journal. *laughs*

He actually finally diagnosed it in early May, let me go home with heat packs to see if it wouldn't just clear up on its own. Since it was threatening my eye with secondary infections from the inflammation, or glaucoma from the steroid drops we were using to keep the inflammation down, he said to get an appointment to deal with it if it didn't get better in a month.

So I did, for this morning.

The bumps were right on the very edge of my upper eye lid, right where the eye lashes grow. He warned me that the spots he was going to cut would probably not grow lashes back again. And I said that was acceptable.

Then he got out a numbing drop for my eye and an actual syringe for the anesthetic for my eyelid. Yeah, that was... scary... having him come at my eye with a needle. But the head frame I was learning against was solid, so I just kind of zoned out and the needle did the usual pinch and push thing most anesthetics have, and that was done.

I think the best thing was that the doctor's hands were dead steady.

He then had me lean against the frame while he looked at my eye through the magnification stuff, while he went in with things that were a bit like forceps, but with edges on the tips, and he pulled/cut off the bumps a bit at a time, until they drained.

Three of them. The first was on the very edge, so the anesthetic couldn't have full effect there. It was like getting pinched pretty solidly, and then my vision kind of flooded with the gunk draining out, which he caught on gauze. Then the second and then the third.

I thought we were done with that, but he then got out a disposable cauterizing instrument. Said that it would kill the infection as well as stop the bleeding. Since the eyelid is so vascular, and on the head, it was bleeding like... well... a shaving cut or something equally small on the face. So it was going pretty good. Gah. That was odd, to have a tissue and keep crying blood.

The cauterizing was odd. It was electrical, so I kind of felt the buzz under the anesthetic and it was really really odd to see the smoke floating up from where he was... well... burning me. *laughs* And on the edge one it felt pretty much like you might think.

It was... uhm... uncannily Scene-like for me.

But, as advertised, the bleeding stopped. He put an antibiotic ointment all over everything, and then gave me a little time to recover as he coded. *laughs*

I actually could see. But the ointment and blood and stuff made things kind of blurry, so I just sat in my car for a bit until it cleared, before I drove home.

I spent most of the day just recovering. Trying to do a little writing work, played with Jet a little, and took him to an orthodontist's appointment in the afternoon. I read another Brockmann book, and didn't eat much at all. My guts were pretty damned upset by the whole experience. Soupy rice finally really settled me, and it felt good and comforting. It's just rice cooked in a LOT of water until it's thick and really soft and easy on the stomach.

I'm already seeing a difference in how the right eye feels. I can't go swimming until the scabs heal, which is all right for a little while. I checked myself in a mirror as well, half-expecting a big gap in my eyelashes, but it's barely noticeable at all, and it actually looks better without the big bumps that were there. So yay!!

The doctor said that my irritated eye was a classical symptom for the problem, so he's really confident that we Got It Fixed this time around. And I'm very content in that and in having had the courage to just get it done.
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