I met with the Neuro-Opthalmologist yesterday, and he told me that it looks like I will have to have the orbital floor implant after all. It is ultimately my choice, of course, but he said that not having the procedure done will increase the chances that my eyeball will be sucked further into my head and my double vision will get doubleier and doubleier until I see triple and I really will have to quit my job, sell my house, move under the bridge, and collect tolls from those billy goats who cross over to Jersey for work each day.
The risks of the surgery are your typical extremely slight chance of death, infection, blindness, blah, blah, blah. but I figure I face those on a daily basis just walking down the street so I'm going to go ahead and get this procedure scheduled.
The sinus doctor (Si Guy) and the Eye Guy are buddies, and surge together all the time. So that is reassuring. Both doctors said that although my problem isn't common, the surgeries are. The implant is done for people who break their face in car accidents, fights, sports, or whatever and the sinus surgery is done for people who snore all the time or have chronic sinus problems. That helps me feel better too. The sinus work is done through my nostrils and the eye stuff can typically be done through the eye hole, so scarring shouldn't be an issue. I tried looking online for pictures of these procedures, but trust me when I tell you that you do not want to see them. Or maybe you do. Go ahead and Google yourself silly over the blood and guts and red shiny squishy stuff that is in your face. I don't want any part of your throwing up. Key words are orbital floor, maxillary, orbital implant, enophthalmos, imploding antrum, and any other goopy snotty bloody eyeball stuff you can think to plug in there.
The recovery time is 5-10 days, and it sounds like I'm going to look and feel pretty rough for a week or so. Anyone volunteer to take the brat while I'm recovering? The surgery will be done on a Friday and I'll stay in the hospital until Saturday afternoon, then I am restricted to bed and couch for four or five days. Sounds good now, but I am such a damn spaz that I'm going to have a hard time come day two. Maybe I should re-sign up for Netflix.
I'll let you know more as it comes in. The people in charge at Jefferson are surely scurrying around as we speak to coordinate a date for me. You'll know as soon as I do.