Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dilated Eyes

Hi everyone!

Yesterday, I had to return to the ER in Tampa. I had a reaction to all the meds they have had me on and my left eye dilated and would not return to normal. It is still not completely back to where it should be, so it is blurry, but it is getting better. Fighting a headache that goes along w/dilated eyes, but it is going away as all the meds wear off.

I stopped taking all pain medications because of this, so I get to feel every little pinch or ping from Monday's surgery and I must admit that I believe my threshold for pain has been steadily rising.....positive thoughts, positive thoughts....

Today I'm still nauseated, but I'm sure that is due to the heavy antibiotics I am on. I will say that I am very pleased thus far with Monday's surgery. The scar lines will be much better as Dr. Albear did a fine job tightening up the area's of concern.

Anyway, this morning, I had to go in for what is called a "MUAGA" (sounds like mugga). After the nurse destroyed a couple more of my veins, they finally got a butterfly in, drew blood, spun it w/radioactive stuff and put it back in me. (Doesn't this sound fun??) I then had a machine placed closely to my side and above me that took 20 total minutes of pictures of my heart. The MUAGA is designed to provide the doctors a baseline and tell them how strong your heart is (to ensure you can take the killer chemo they want to administer). It was tolerable, but since the procedure, I've had a bit of heartburn and am feeling tired, which is unusual for me....oh well, small cost for big news I guess.

Oh, I can't wait until my days no longer revolve around doctor's offices and people poking me with needles. Within the next week or two, a port (for the chemo) will be inserted into my chest and all blood and drugs will be put in/out through that, so from that angle there is light......

Wishing you all a special weekend and hoping you take the time to really enjoy everything around you.....because I have learned that everything can change in a New York, go out and laugh, smile, dance, be silly - whatever makes you feel good!!


  1. Arla, I hope you past the worse of it. Take the time to rest and catch up with yourself. I think of you often and wish this time in your life would come to a quick closer so you can move on to bigger and better things. If you need anything just call....

    Thinking of you, Donna

  2. Hey Arla:

    What a scare that must have been for you but I'm very happy to hear that you are recovering from everything. I do hate to hear that you are having to experience the pain because of not being able to take meds, but again "this too shall pass". It was great to talk to you Tuesday morning. I did try to call you this afternoon but didn't get an answer. I hope you are resting and didn't answer the phone because you didn't hear it because you're sleeping and getting some rest. I know you can't wait for all of this to be over and life get back to normal, and it will - just remember that patience is a virtue and God will see you this. Remember my favorite "poem" that I always had in my home, and I still do. "Footprints in the sand"....right now he is carrying you.

    I love you,

  3. ms. tweedy just thought of something from the old sod: may the road rise to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, the sun shine warm upon your face,the rain fall soft on the fields, and until we meet again may g-d hold you in the hollow of his hand.