Eyeballs and legs — Let me say this about that

So…I’m on the third day of this lens that was inserted on my eye to heal inflammation. I have burry vision in that eye so my brain is working overtime trying to put together the right information to see. Net result – headaches, crankiness and general displeasure with life.

The eye does more than just see. On a walk to my happy place down at the creek yesterday, I took a major fall. Don’t know how I did it (you never do, do you?) but I went down like a hundred-pound sack of potatoes. Right on my knee. The one I fractured 15 years ago. It wasn’t very graceful. No one was around. That’s the good news and the bad news.

It knocked the wind out of me so I sat on the ground for a while realizing that I had no phone, and it may be a while before someone came along. After a few minutes, I was able to get up and put weight on the leg so I hobbled home. I have major brush burns, but nothing is broken. I have a strange gait. Sort of like what I remember Quasimodo having. My legs are bruised so there will be no beauty contests in the immediate (or distant) future.

Was this a result of my normal klutziness or the result of my eyes not focusing properly on a gravel path?  Another mystery of life.

I get the lens taken out tomorrow and on Friday they will put one in the other eye. Come Monday that lens will be taken out and this episode will be behind me. Hopefully I get as much healing as they promised but it’s very doubtful I’ll do it again unless in dire circumstances.

71 thoughts on “Eyeballs and legs — Let me say this about that

  1. Sorry to hear that and, as your fellow walking pal from afar, I know how you enjoy that nice morning nature walk so you should encourage your hubby to walk with you if the knee holds up until you get rid of that second lens implant. It’s always something isn’t it? I hope your eyes are better after all this because that will justify the aggravation.

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  2. I am so sorry to hear about your fall, Kate, and hope you’re doing much better. Also hoping this lens “treatment” will indeed be over on Monday and all be well again! I sprained my ankle (again) a couple of weeks ago and it’s still bothering me. I do have a weak ankle, but also some degree of regular klutziness, too. I hope you heal well!!

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  3. OUCH! I imagine not only did that fall hurt like mad but the feeling of “uhoh I’m here and I can’t get up and don’t have a phone” made an impression. Gravel can be really dangerous. Anyway, glad you didn’t reinjure your knee and I would think blurry vision had a bit to do with the fall. Hope the lens is doing its’ job and I’m sure you’ll be happy when the OTHER eye has completed its’ therapy too! Fingers crossed.

    Love, Pam

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  4. I’m glad that you are – mostly – okay! I took a recent fall while walking with my husband. I stepped on the end of a long leaf of a plant that was sticking out onto the sidewalk. Basically, I created a trip wire by doing that and tripped myself when my other foot hit it (not sure if that makes sense). I fell on the same hip I broke several years ago… no further injuries, thank goodness, other than a nasty bruise. I understand the “good news, bad news.” I was glad my hubby was there, but I was pretty embarrassed. I hope getting that lens out improves your vision and balance!

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  5. Oh, ugh. Not a great past few days for you, but the good news is you didn’t fracture anything again. Whew!

    When I was in my 30’s and living in Florida, I used to ride my bicycle around the neighborhood. One day I took a spill and was awakened (lying on the pavement) when an unknown neighbor was calling an ambulance for me. Talk about not knowing how I did it! The knock on the head blacked out my memory. I remember riding my bike but don’t remember falling. I wished I knew how I did it so I wouldn’t make the same mistake, but the doctor said I’d never remember. He was right.

    Hope things look much brighter once your lens is out. 😉

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  6. Kate! What the H E double L with you falling?! I am so happy you didn’t break anything. I slipped on our slippery tile in the bathroom two weeks ago and did the dang splits to keep from going down on that tile. My thigh muscle a couple of days later thought I had been shooting hoops. I read one of your comments before this post that your happy place had a lot of loose gravel and I was kinda worried for you then. No walking alone without a phone, right? Fingers crossed that both lenses eliminate the inflamation.

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    • I sure hope the eye treatment is worth it! I’m staying away from the steep decline with the gravel, at least for now. The HOA should really topcoat the road. It isn’t used much as it’s a single lane but it’s very popular with bikers and walkers.

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  7. Oh no! Those sudden out of the blue falls are the worst. Last time it happened to me was on some rocks on the shoreline on the west coast of the island. They didn’t LOOK slippery. Unfortunately my ungraceful face plant did not go un-witnessed. Thankfully my pride was hurt more than anything else. I hope you don’t have any lingering effects, Kate.

    Deb

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  8. If Kate falls in the forest, does she make a sound?? 🙂 So sorry that happened to you! The Quasimodo visual made me laugh (that’s okay, right???). Glad your sense of humor is still intact. I c choose to believe it wasn’t klutziness, only your vision ruining the equilibrium. Heal well! – Marty

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  9. (Yes, WP is wonky and weird sometimes I can comment and sometimes not…sigh)
    Yikes – that fall is scary – even if nothing broken. Possible that irritated eye/ struggling to see through blur is causing iffy balance and causing brain confusion as it tries to figure out what is wrong. Humans have to mess with everything – even themselves – like we can’t have enough havoc with ordinary – have to dump additional things to be coped with. “Consider it a challenge” gets a little tedious, right.
    Hope you’re back to running smoothly soon. (and more coffee?)

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    • Yes, every year my doc quizzes me on how many falls I’ve had. Usually when I lose my balance I catch myself before I hit the ground. This time those little ball bearing gravels bit did me in. I’m blaming it on the eye too.

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  10. Oh no…so sorry about your fall. I think your husband should make a couple trips to your liquid happy plalce-falling deserves some coddling. No doubt your eye and brain are working extra hard to try to put things in context. Hopefully this new treatment will be worth it. Put your feet up, chill out sipping a nice beverage (or two) and feel better.

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  11. Glad you are mostly okay. So frustrating and painful, though.

    I’ve fallen–well, more like been knocked down!– multiple times when walking my dogs. Nothing for it but to limp home. Not too many people want to give over 100 pounds of canine fur and drool a ride.

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  12. Ouch! Will you please carry your phone! My Apple Watch knows when someone falls….but I don’t know if you have to have your phone nearby. I hope your bumps and bruises heal quickly. And I sure hope the eye procedure works!

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    • Stiff and sore but I did a short walk on the macadam roadway and that loosened things up. I’m going to stick to the solid pavements for now and shorter walks with a cell. More annoying than anything else.

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  13. I imagine your balance is off with one eye blurry. Every time I’ve had a significant change in my glasses I’ve had to take the new ones off going up or down stairs, or risk falling. And what were you doing taking a walk without your phone? I hate to imply that I can’t live without mine, but I do live in fear of falling without my phone at hand. I’m very glad you weren’t hurt badly and I hope these lens things do the things they’ve promised.

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    • The blurry eye has affected my depth perception. The section where I fell is a relatively steep slope that was once macadam but it broken up and mostly gravel now. The gravel is like ball bearings but I’ve never fallen before. I really don’t know it I tripped on a broken part of skidded on the gravel but I’m convinced the poor vision had something to do with it. The doc says people drive like this but I’m not. Maybe when you are younger your other senses compensate but I’m not taking the chance.

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      • Yup. That’s what I was trying to describe. That’s also why I couldn’t wear new glasses and walk up or down stairs. My foot would be desperately trying to find the next stair before the rest of me could fall but my depth perception was completely off. Again, glad you weren’t hurt worse. Take care of you and I agree with you about the no driving. I’m sure you would get used to it if it were a permanent vision change but for a few days, it’s not worth the risk.

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  14. Headaches, crankiness and general displeasure with life? I have days like that without having blurry vision to blame! I am sorry about your fall, and I clearly understand how no one being around when it happened can be both a good thing and a bad thing. Hopefully, in the end, this journey with your eyes will give you some respite. (If not, it DOES make for good blog stories!)

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  15. Yikes, falls are never good and they get less good as we age. I’m glad the damage wasn’t worse. And what a miserable “cure” for the eyes. I hope you’re still getting your Starbucks runs with help from BH.

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