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Day 1: The Morning After

Updated: Mar 13, 2019


  • Extreme light sensitivity. Hard to look at my phone, the TV, or have the window shades open.

  • Groggy from all the pain pills

  • Can't keep eyes open for more than a few minutes

  • Very blurry vision. Can't read my phone or see much on TV.

I woke up the day after surgery (Thursday) pretty early as the drugs wore off and I was getting tired of sleeping so much. It was still hard to open my eyes for more than a few minutes, if not just a few seconds. I kept my sunglasses on for most of the day and never left the apartment. The shades stayed closed. I tried to listen to some music and podcasts, which was a frustrating process to get them going since I could barely see my phone.

In preparation for the surgery, I turned the font up on my phone to what seemed like a ridiculously large size and also increased the scaling on my computers... turned out that wasn't even large enough. Between the brightness of the phone and the struggle to read it, I pretty much just gave up.

As the day progressed my eyes started to bother me more and more. It felt like pins poking me in the eye over and over again. It was hard to open them at all and when I did it was like a flood of tears would pour out of my eyes. The doctor had told me that day 3 would be the worst. I had my surgery on a Wednesday and was told the heavier pain pills were for Saturday, which would be the worst day. So when it started to hurt on Thursday, I started freaking out thinking about how bad Saturday would be.

Another dose of pain pills and some Tylenol PM and I finally got myself to sleep. This was a tough day.

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