“My peace I leave with you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27)
On 19 October I fell while working on my land. “Oh no!” I thought as I went down, too late to put out my hands. I heard my nose ‘crack’ as it hit the ground.
I sat up, hands to face to make sure I still had a nose. Yes – but there was blood running down the right side. Off to the house, where I stanched more blood with cold water, tissues and vitamin C, and lay down.
Later I found out my sight was affected – double vision when looking to the sides and down. Considerably double, too – not just a ‘shadow’, but a full-blown double image, well offset. It looked like the ‘jigsaw puzzle’ of my vision had blown apart at the sides.
At first I hoped it was swelling, and took arnica. After 2 weeks I gave in and drove with one eye shut to our local clinic. It was my first drive out since the accident – my neighbor had kindly taken me shopping in the interim – and it was scary.
I was ambulanced down to the Emergency Department at Base Hospital (77 miles). There were blood samples, an ECG, 4 heart x-rays, umpteen lights shone in my eyes, nose and ears, many ‘touchy-feely’ tests to make sure I hadn’t had a stroke, and a CT head scan.
Up to the eye clinic next morning for more shining lights. An MRI head scan was ordered, since the CT scan showed nothing. My right eye was clearly not tracking properly. This is a bad experience for anyone, but especially so for a visual artist.
I went back down the line for the MRI scan on the 9th, and again this last week for the results. That was the scary part.
On the way down in the shuttle bus, as I prayed I got the message, “I am with you, no harm will befall you.” And so it has been. The MRI scan showed nothing. The eye specialist thinks there is a small speck of blood somewhere that will resolve itself, given time. They don’t want to see me for 3 months – Whew!
Thank you, Lord for your goodness and mercy! Thank you for giving me a specialist who is prepared to let You do Your work. Bless your Holy name!
Digital artwork, from acrylic paintings.