Heather R. Breaux Blog
Donít get me wrong - the lazy days of sitting around the house in my pajamas watching day-time television and having my family members take turns waiting on me hand and foot are definitely days to remember, but I truly did miss being at work and seeing my colleagues on a daily basis.
For the first ten days after my surgery I was required to lay face down for a total of 22 hours a day in order to help the newly-placed gas bubble implant behind my retina stay in place.
It was a situation that I dreaded, but I must admit that staring at the ground really wasnít that bad.
I could only listen to the sounds around me, and it is amazing how heightened your other senses become when one is impaired.
I slept probably more than I think Iíve slept in years the first few days of my strict face-down recovery.
But once the haze of the pain medicine wore off, I was all ears.
I caught up on my own audio-version of Oprah, Dr. Phil and my favorite television indulgence, the soap opera Days of Our Lives.
And when the credits rolled for those programs, I got my fill of courtroom reality shows.
Not only is there the infamous Judge Judy, but thereís Divorce Court and countless other small-claims court television programs.
I learned so much about the law and the crimes that people commit that if for some unfortunate reason this journalist gig doesnít work out I could probably land a job in the legal profession with an honorary degree in courtroom dramatics.
The retina surgery was my first since I was three months old and my doctors say that the total recovery process will take almost two months. My eye is extremely bruised and bloodshot and very sensitive to light.
I canít open it all the way yet and the pain makes itself known from time to time.
But I donít get discouraged. This process has made me a stronger person by testing the limits of my patience.
I would like to send out a warm and heart-felt thank you to my parents, grandparents and my sister for helping me through those first few weeks with love and understanding, and to my fiance Sean - I know that it has been hard to see me in such a compromising position. You are my heart and I thank you for standing by me.
To my co-workers, thank you for the flowers and the card - youíll never know how much that special delivery meant to me.
And last, but certainly not least, to my readers, your get-well emails and sweet words of encouragement will be etched in my memory for a long time to come. Thank you.
I look forward to continuing my career as Lifestyles and Sports Editor for the St. Charles Herald-Guide.
And all I can say is that it feels great to be back.
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