I was at the eye doctor again this morning for followup. No change in the size of the abrasion from last week. My eye is less red and the pain is almost nothing. I wasn't doing the blood serum tears and erythromycin gel in the right order, so we got better instruction on that.
The long term plan is a permanent (but reversible if for some reason I don't like it) stitch in the lower outside corner of my eye. This will reduce the surface area and thus the evaporation from my eye. I will still have to wear either goggles or the bubble to protect my eye from drying out at night, but should be able to wear nothing in the daytime. So next week on Tuesday I go to Proctor hospital and they will put me out lightly to do this procedure. We talked about other options with the doctor like eyelid weights, lenses, and such but she really seems to think this stitch will work and help me quite a bit. She said it will be totally unnoticeable to most people, so there is not the social implications like there is with a patch. She considers other options to be more aggressive and we can do them later if needed.
I was talking today with the doctor and nurse. I told them that for the record "I wouldn't trade with anyone". We just all need that reminder from time to time. She was commenting about how this person had breast cancer, this person has some family issue, etc. To us, it often looks like everyone else has it easier. But in reality, everyone has challenges. We just don't know the full extent of what others are fighting many times. I'm reminded of Paul's verse in Philippians 4:11, "..for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content"
Other than the eye I have been feeling great lately. I am eating more, which is a huge pleasure. I still eat very small quantities by everyone else's standards but was able to eat a whole bratwurst over the weekend. I think it's been almost a year since I could eat that much. My feeding tube has been working fine since I got out of the hospital. I don't entirely understand what was wrong then but it is not leaking now. It still "pops" when I am hungry in the morning but that just serves to get me up and going.
I was kind of reflecting today, the biggest impediment I have is my challenge with speaking and people being able to hear me clearly. Because of my facial nerve problems, my words don't come out as clear as most people's. This is tough for me since my personality is so dynamic.
So big picture, I am really thankful for how well things are going. I give the credit to your prayers and to God being compassionate to me.
Derek & Leann