Hospital Daze…

For the last several days Mom has complained of a sore eye. Initially it looked no more irritated than Pink-eye.

But today it was far worse, she woke up with her left eye entirely discolored into a cloudy white mess accompanied by a milky discharge and a contracted pupil.

I called her ophthalmologist who unfortunately was out of town and was advised to head to ER.

So at noon off to St. Jo’s we went. The Doctor’s expressed concern but no ophthalmologist was available to consult.

The St. Jo ER doctor then made arrangements for us to see an ophthalmologist off site – the associate of my Mom’s doctor at the clinic we called first.

Off we went.

The Dr. did an exam and determined that Mom had a severe infection in the eye. Where it originated from is still up in the air as it may relate to glaucoma surgery she underwent some years ago.

Then began the long process of finding a hospital that could accept us.

After a couple of hours hunting Toronto Western came through. I was instructed to bypass ER and head straight to the 6th floor Eye clinic.

Except we couldn’t find an elevator that would let us off at the 6th floor. I’m not kidding.

We had to settle for getting off on 7 and finding another set of elevators that would drop us off at 6 , which of course meant hauling a 93 year old woman and her walker around half the hospital. Great fun.

We finally found our contacts. The diagnosis was made and the first step taken.

They froze the eye then injected antibiotics, freezing does not work as well with a bad infection I was told. The procedure was not pleasant to listen to.

We left the hospital at 9 pm and headed for home.

We have to return for 8 am on Friday morning. It is then that a decision will be made about surgery.

The Doctor is concerned Mom may lose the eye and says surgery is likely the only option.

It is a day procedure but that means we will be there all day till at least 5 PM I am told.

Mom is doing OK under the circumstances, plenty cussed which is a good sign. We removed her bandages and did our best to apply the drops they provided but her eye is a zombie like mess. We put on a patch and off to bed she went.

Please thank Nightmouse, Denyse, Black Mamba, Osumashi, Frau and  DB Cooper for keeping it all together.


  • Frances

    Our prayers are with you. Remember the days of taking aged p off to emergency (left us some years ago at 99). Do hope the surgery goes well.

  • Martin B

    “plenty cussed which is a good sign” Yes it is. Hope she makes it to 100 with her spirit intact.

    • Frances

      Agreed – plenty cussed is a good sign. Even when it’s quietly but politely plenty cussed. And – Blazing – don’t hesitate to stand up for your Mum. Experienced a fair few bullies on the health care side of things in my day; hesitated to call them because of repercussions, but did speak out when could.

  • SDMatt

    Sorry to hear about this Arnie. I hope all goes well with your Mom. Press the docs & nurses to get what she needs.

  • Editor

    My thoughts and prayers are with your Mom and you and your family.

  • Waffle

    My thoughts and prayers are with your Mum. hope all goes well and that surgery is successful (i’ve been there)

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Good Lord!
    Prayers for your mother.

  • Dana Garcia

    Good grief, that’s crazy about the elevators.

    I hope your mom gets well. Eye stuff is scary.

  • Linda1000

    Sorry to hear about your Mom, BCF. Hope the drugs start to work and maybe she won’t lose her eye. It’s great that she has you and K to help her.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I wish your mom a speedy recovery.

  • Ogmios “Not applicable” Dragon

    You may want to try this, I have done it many times and it worked.
    Cut an onion in half, put half in the microwave/oven for 15 secs, squash the juice out and put in in the appropriate ear hole, repeat every three hours. However given the severity of your family member it may not resolve the problem, but I can assure you it will not hurt.

  • David Murrell

    Cat, our prayers are with your mom, you and the family.

  • Thanks everyone, it’s 6:30 AM now, we will beheading out shortly.

    Hopefully surgery can save the eye.

    Yesterday at the ER I was asked to cover Mom’s eyes one at a time while she did a simple eye chart test. It was then that we discovered she can’t see out of the eye at all other than”light”. It was weird as she kept insisting I was covering both her eyes whenever the “good” eye had the shield placed over it.

    • CoolTolerance

      Will be looking for update on Mom. I hope it went well.

  • marty_p

    Best of luck to you and your mother – you are a good son.

  • Exile1981

    I hope everything goes well.

  • Justin St.Denis

    BCF, your mother will be remembered in my prayers. Which are increasingly frequent. We all need to turn to God more often in these times. God bless you.