Shirley - I am actually 90 minutes from Boston, in the little nipple of Massachusetts on the CT border. So luckily there is a great surgeon here, otherwise I would have to drive to Boston for this. I went to UF, so I'll always be a Gator
What kinds of ice packs do you recommend? I am pretty loyal to the 88 cent bags of frozen peas but I want to make sure whatever I use won't make the pain worse or press too much on my eyes. The head of my bed is already raised, and I need to buy some jersey knit sheets so that when I raise it a little more, I don't slide down my bed (I already do sometimes!).
Todd - I like your idea. I have always had a weak immune system, so I am kind of a jerk when it comes to people around me who are sick and refuse to stay home, so this will not be a problem. I might even steal some masks at my next appointment and wear those whenever I'm out in public before the surgery, and maybe even after. I'm really stressed about not being able to blow my nose because I normally do that about 15 times a day and can't take my Claritin the day of surgery. How are you feeling now that's it's been almost two weeks? Are you back at work? Back to normal activities? How's the bruising and swelling?
I still don't have an official date (should today or tomorrow), but my boss told us she needs our time off requests for now until the start of the academic year (I work for a college), so I had to break the news to her and my two officemates. I was worried they would freak out, but they actually said, “Graves?! That's what our previous director had. He had the eye problems, too!” So they totally get it, and we spent the next hour discussing thyroids and eyes and the surgery. What's strange is that I work in PR/marketing. He was the marketing director. The PR director at my last job has Graves and TED. We all enter this profession knowing it's high stress and not something you can shut off at 5 p.m., but I find it curious that I know three people, including myself, in this profession with Graves, something my first endocrinologist has always attributed to the extreme stress in my first job out of grad school.
They want to know what accommodations they can make for me to make life easier from now until I am recovered from surgery. I told them I already work in the dark and wear sunglasses all the the time outside (now they know why) but that the nurse at my surgeon's office said computer work might be difficult during weeks 2-4, and nearly impossible if I get double vision. Does anyone know if there are special computer screens that can help, or software problems that help ease eye strain? I think my best bet will be to take one full week off, then plan to play it by ear from then on, probably working from home or even coming in to the office a few hours a day as long as someone drives me. Again, that's a bridge I don't want to cross until I must.