I have finally recovered from double vision and been discharged from the eye hospital and I’m super happy!
I must admit, four months of struggling to see anything without a double image did get me down, and there were times when I wondered if my eyes would ever get back to normal.
After two months, I was still very much in double vision territory, but the images were getting closer together. Several visits to the hospital for checks and adjusting the prisms did help. This last month really gave me hope when I saw just a shadow image, and this week I was given the “all clear”. Yay! Happy Dance!
Why did it happen? They can’t say for sure, but it was probably a sharp spike in blood pressure, a sort of very mini stroke or TIA (Transient Ischaemic Attack). Thankfully, there is no lasting damage from the MRI scan I had either. Thank you once again for our wonderful National Health Service!
Although I did give painting a go, it was hard work, even painting small. I had prisms to put on my glasses that brought the images together, but after a while a sort of blur set in so I could only paint for short periods. So, I decided to give myself a rest.
I’m focussing now on getting all my work onto my website, but it takes time! When people say you are lucky you can paint all day, it doesn’t work like that. There is so much else that needs doing as well. But I am not complaining. I am super grateful that I can see. Having something taken away from you that you have taken for granted is a harsh lesson that really makes you learn to appreciate what you have. I no longer walk into walls, grasp for things that aren’t where I think they are, or struggle to draw things that look right perspective wise. Best of all, I can now drive again! Life is teaching me that it’s the things we have not even thought about that are important. So I wake up in the morning now and do a little happy dance in my mind, grateful that I can see!