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My Second (and hopefully last) Retinal Detachment

Yes, you read that right. I had another retinal detachment at the beginning of December. But, today I got the news that I'm officially allowed back to work and full activities!


What is a retinal detachment?

I had no idea until I had my first one three years ago, in the opposite eye. The retina is a layer of tissue at the back of the eye. A detachment is when it pulls away from the layer of blood vessels that provides it with oxygen and nutrients. This can affect your vision, and the worse case can cause blindness.

Why do my retinas keep detaching?

Great question, but we don't know. The doctors say it has to do with the shape of my eye.


I don't have a cool story about being roundhouse kicked to the head or some other sort of trauma. I was at work, like any other day and developed a blind spot. I was rushed to Rocky View Hospital, then to another eye clinic, and told I had yet another retinal detachment in my right eye. I saw 5 different Ophthalmologists in 24 hrs.


I cried.


I was grateful we caught it early enough to fix it. But, I remembered being off work for weeks and when I did go back it was a slow process.


I went in for surgery the next day. I ended up with another sclera buckle, cryotherapy, and a gas bubble.


I truly had the best team looking after me. I will forever be grateful for everything they did for me pre and post-surgery. The medical system is drained and exhausted. But, every single person in that operating room greeted me with a smile and made me feel like no matter what everything was going to be okay. They were AMAZING!


I'm also very lucky to have such an amazing support system. Calling and checking in on me every day, bringing me food, and distracting me. I don't have the words for how much I appreciate each and every one of them.


Now it's time to go back to work. I will be coming back slowly for the first few weeks.


If you would like to book an appointment for you or your kiddo feel free to reach out! Please be patient as I was just off for 4 weeks and need time to get back into my groove. I cannot wait to see all your beautiful faces.


We have some exciting things planned for this year and can't wait to share them all with you!


Cheers to the start of 2022

Maggie

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