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Playing Nurse

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I am not a nurse, but I am back in nurse-mode for a while because Cyndie had outpatient eyelid surgery yesterday. A procedure that only takes an hour required over four to drive to Stillwater and then wait an hour and twenty minutes for things to start because the patient ahead of her took longer than planned.

Now Cyndie’s convalescence requires extra rest, limited activity, no lifting or bending over, and not rubbing her eyes for at least a week.

She looks a little like she stepped on a rake. Twice.

The procedure sounds a little harrowing in that Cyndie was sedated but conscious and instructed not to move for the entire procedure. That included reaching up to scratch an itchy nose. She needed to ask for help with an itch. Imagine trying not to cough, sneeze, or flinch while someone is holding a knife near your eye.

The surgeon asked for a warning to stop if Cyndie felt a sneeze coming on. It makes me wonder if the urge to sneeze gets suppressed by the sedation or if it could sneak up on a person whose face has been numbed.

I’m glad she didn’t get the hiccups.

We are happy Cyndie’s procedure did commence without complications. Our return home was late enough that darkness had already arrived and Delilah’s dinner was over an hour later than usual. I took her for a walk and we closed up the chicken coop where all the hens were unharmed and safely perched on the roost.

I had clipped Delilah’s leash to a nearby tree while securing the coop and, out of my light beam, she suddenly started barking about something. When I returned to her it was obvious she was fixated on something nearby. When I released the clip she almost dragged me away, except the point she wanted to reach was just a few more steps over.

It was the trunk of a large old maple tree and I’m guessing she spotted a critter –likely a rabbit– disappear into an opening at the base of the tree. Delilah reacted with a frenzied, but futile attempt to attack the fortress. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed such a carnivorous fervor from her, except maybe the one time last summer when she had the lake-neighbor’s dog firmly clamped in her jaws.

Maybe I shouldn’t have let her keep the headless squirrel body she claimed from under a decorative pine tree near the back of our house on a walk earlier in the day yesterday. She was pre-primed to be in full-on predator mode after that.

I’m just distracted by a responsibility to focus on what Cyndie’s needs are during the recovery period. We are both going to work intensely on preventing any involuntary unconscious eye-rubbing when the healing causes itchiness. Doing so could completely defeat the surgical procedure results and the surgeon said that it happens to 1 out of 5 patients!

We don’t want her to be one of the ‘special’ ones.

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Written by johnwhays

December 27, 2019 at 7:00 am

4 Responses

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  1. Re: eyelid surgery – new to me: I checked back, briefly and didn’t notice any indication that this was coming and you don’t go into the reasoning behind it. That said, I can’t imagine Cyndie subjugating herself to this for no obvious reason. Whatever else, healing beams to her!

    Ian Rowcliffe

    December 28, 2019 at 10:18 am

    • See: blepharoplasty. Her doctor recommended it as the eyelids were interfering with vision, especially peripheral.

      johnwhays

      December 28, 2019 at 10:26 am

      • Well, here’s to a renewed and broader perspective: how we all need that in the face of all to come and no doubt Cyndie will be at the top of the class again as ever! Life has its way of twisting and turning such that here you are again, nursing THE nurse. Healing ripples and waves returning to their source. Great love to you both!

        Ian Rowcliffe

        December 28, 2019 at 10:53 am

      • Thank you! Healing seems to be progressing as time allows, but it tends to look worse before it gets better, so Cyndie is a little bothered by the look of a boxer who lost a brutal match.

        johnwhays

        December 28, 2019 at 4:34 pm


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