Friday, February 3, 2012

Back to work and 20/20 Vision!

Ok, so the 20/20 vision is with my current contact/glasses prescription but it means I haven't suffered any additional vision loss from the tumor or surgery. I had to go to the "low vision" clinic this past week because of the vision problems I was having prior to surgery, some deficits I had immediately post op and the general nature of my surgery being primarily behind my eye it was suggested that I follow up here. Luckily I passed all my tests with flying colors and don't have to go back.  I am still experiencing "blackouts" in my vision, they usually occur when I stand to quickly but are not as severe or as frequent as prior to surgery. The ophthalmologist said I still have swelling in/around my optic nerves and it will take a while to go away. As it goes away the blackouts should also improve.  I had to do my third round with the peripheral vision test and hopefully my last! If you have ever had to do one of these then you know it's like the worst video game ever. Basically your head goes into a half egg shaped device, you close one eye and stare down a black hole with the other. Flashing pin point lights appear one after another around the dark hole and you hit a buzzer each time you see one. It goes on and on and then you have to do the other eye. I'm not a fan of it.

This is what it looks like. 

In other news I am finally going back to work! I start this Tuesday. I'll re-orient with a preceptor for a few days since they just moved to a much larger unit and because I was only off orientation for a month when I left just to make sure I haven't forgotten everything!

The new Cardiac ICU. It's huge! It was like no mans land each time
I went to visit, very pretty though, much nicer than adult hospitals!

That's all the news here, hopefully no more for a while! And if you're wondering, my hair is slowly making it's way back in though I think it's going to be a while before it resembles anything I could have chosen for a hair cut but oh well, it's just hair, it grows.

From the front
And the side. 


  1. Hi Erin-

    I've been checking in on your blog since I found you via The Liz Army. She's a hoot! I've been meaning to comment and introduce myself. I'm a brain tumor patient, as well. Grade II Oligoastrocytoma, diagnosed November of '07, surgery the next month. I've had a 30 treatment round of radiation, and went back to work as soon as I completed that. So I'm glad to hear you're going back to work now. It will lift your spirits, and give you a purpose. Looking at the pictures of your healing incision, it reminded me of how itchy mine was. Plus the lack of feeling there is weird, but that will come back. Anyway, I wish you the best going forward, and I'll check back in soon.


  2. Thanks for visiting! Hope you are doing well. I'm thinking my blog will start slowing down soon now that I'm back to work and moving on but who knows! Yes, the incision is itchy at times but I can't feel myself scratching it! Drives me crazy! I hope I do eventually get the feeling back.