Sunday, August 26, 2012

Head Injuries

The world is obsessed with all kinds of sports.  For me the sports I love is basketball and soccer.  We all love the olympics, and we should support those that represent our country. 

It has started to come to the attention of the world that sports can cause dangerous head injuries.  Boxing is one of the sports that is most damaging along with football.  There are other things that can happen to cause head damage.  For instance, motorcycles, bicycles (wear your helmets even if it's not a state law), car accidents, and many more.

Years ago at the age of twenty-two while riding in a car I was thrown from the vehicle when the driver lost control.  We rolled down an enbankment and up the other side (fortunately, the car didn't roll back down), and I was thrown from the car.  I landed on my right shoulder, neck and head.  I suffered for a year with horrible back pain before I found a chiropractor who was able to help me. 

This accident was the cause for my fibermyalgia and neuropathy.  It caused some damage in the brain but to what extent I don't know.  True, it could be the start of dementia or alzheimers since those diseases run in my family.  It's too soon for it to start for me, but if it is starting, I'm sure the accident I suffered in my 20's is the cause for it to start so soon.

Am I worried?  Hell yes, I am.   It's something that can't be prevented.  I have a friend named Louise Biehl who has a blog up right now titled, We All Have One, But How Are We Using It? 

Her blog is about the brain, and she'll be doing a series on the brain.  Many of you will find her blog interesting.  Be sure to explore because she has discussed many topics that might be worth your attention.

Anyone who has wants to buy any of the books in The Odyssey Trilogy, The Catalyst, Addiction and The Deceived, need to know they have been taken down from Amazon temporarily.   I hope it won't be for long, but you never know about these things.  You can still find them at my publisher,

Have a safe week, and I'll see everyone next Sunday. 

Sandy AKA Sandra K. Marshall

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Update On Cataract Surgery

Hi Everyone,

One of these days everything is going to get back to normal, but not quite yet.  My right eye has healed very well, and my left eye is healing.  Am I happy with the outcome?  Yes, I am. 

Will I have to wear glasses?  Yes, I will still wear glasses all the time.  Instead of trifocals, I will wear bifocals.  I knew this could happen, and it doesn't bother me.  Glasses don't have the stigmatism that they used to have, and I'm used to wearing them.

My optometrist, Dr. Queen, would tell me as a kid that I was very lucky to be born in my time period, or I would have been a blind little bird.  I believed him and was always grateful even though I had to wear glasses as thick as coke bottles back then. 

In a few weeks, after my left eye has completely healed, my ophthalmologist will give me a prescription for glasses.  Once that happens, I'll be posting more interesting blogs.  I have many topics that I want to write about.  Grin!  Some of them will be controversial as usual. 

Have a great week. 


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Contest! Contest!

Hello Everyone,

This is going to be very brief as my eyes are still trying to adjust to my recent catract surgery.  My vision will need reading glasses for close work such as reading and computer work, but I'll have to wait for my eyes to heal.  I did try a pair of reading glasses, but for some reason they made me dizzy.

Anyway, I want to let everyone about the new contest at Romance Books 4 Us.  As always there is a $50.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble or Amazon, whichever the winner prefers.  There will be many other prizes as well.  Just go to to learn the details for entering the contest. 

I'm hoping my eyesight will be back to normal soon, and I'll be able to post more interesting blogs. 

Good luck in the contest at RB4U. 

Have a great week. 

Sandra K. Marshall

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Cataract Surgery

On the 25th of July, I had cataract surgery on my right eye.  This type of surgical procedure is one of the easiest to do.  They whole operation takes about fifteen minutes, and you are able to hear what's going on.  I was the exception, I was out, and that's unusual.  I believe it was because I took 5mg of Ambien the night before, so I could sleep.  It worked because I slept most of the day after the surgery.  I did forget to tell you my surgery started at 6:30 A.M.

The procedure on my left eye will be Wednesday, August 15th, at 6:30 A.M., and like I said this is easy.  Two days before the operation I have to put one drop of Ciprofloxacin and Nevanac (antibiotics) into my eye four times a day. 

The day of surgery place one drop of Ciprofloxacin and Nevanac in the operative eye.  At 11:00 A.M, I start putting in one drop each of Ciprofloxacin, Nevanac and Durezol into my eye every two hours until bed time.  One other thing to remember is these drops have to be put into the eye five minutes apart. 

The next day for a week, you have to put in Ciprofloxacin (4 x day), Nevanac (2 x day) and Durezol drops (2 x day).  The second week, you put in Nevanac (2 x day) and Durezol drops (2 x day).  The third week, you in Nevanac (1 x day) and Durezol drops (1 x day).  The third week is when you have the second surgery, so you are also doing the drops for that eye. 

You really need to keep track of the drops and times you use them, so I suggest making a list with date, right/left eye, and number of times you need to put that drop in.  Write the time you put the drop in, and remember there has to be five minutes between each drop. 

The first week there is no bending, straining, heavy lifting, or make-up around eye for 1 week.  It is okay to take a shower, but do not splash water in face.  Do not rub or bump your operative eye and you have to wear eye shield for three days while sleeping or napping.  Also, do not wash hair leaning forward. 

For me the hardest part has been trying to keep from bending over.  Do you know how many things we bend over for?  I tried to remember to stoop instead of leaning over, but it's such a natural reflex to bend over.  Snort!

Lately, I've had some trouble keeping from rubbing my eye, but that's been in the second week, so I think if I don't rub too hard I'll be okay.  My right eye is healing just fine, but I'll be feeling a little lopsided until both eyes have the operation and are healed. 

I do have astigmatism in both eyes, and although there is a chance to remove it, I elected against that procedure as I didn't fully trust it.  My ophthalmologist removed as much as she could though.  I also elected to have distance for both of my eyes, so I will need glasses of some type for close work. 

All in all, I'm very happy with my experience with this surgery.  I just can't wait to get back to normal. 

Have a great week, and I'll try to see you next Sunday. 

Sandra K. Marshall