Thursday, January 20, 2011

The One-Eyed Blogger

As if there weren't already enough...stuff... falling off my plate...
The good news is that the surgery is over and it seems to have been successful. The bad news is that I have some nerve damage and paralysis in my face and right eye. The doctor said I need to be extremely patient. (Me?!) It could take a few weeks for things to get better or up to four months for the double vision to clear, too. Double vision? I have no control over my right eye muscles, so I am not really aware of double vision yet. I have no sense of depth of field though. It's like reaching for a hologram when I try to grab a glass of water or a doorframe. And I can feel parts of my face, but it's like they are floating in numbness. It is truly bizarre. My left eye does not want to be open for long either so I will try to make this post quick! I want to thank everyone for their notes and emails - it means a lot to me! When I can see again, I will reply to everyone, but I felt you deserved a quick update. In case you have no idea what's going on... I had to have surgery to have a wedge put under my eyeball to prevent it from sinking further due to damage from radiation I had when I was a kid. In order to place the wedge, a small bone seems to have been cracked and some damage to the orbital floor so that's where the nerve damage happened. In other words, I can only feel half my nose and lips and various other sections of my face! And all the drugs and gooey stuff... yuck. I just want to sleep.

But, I did get this great email... actually two emails that I wanted to share with you. I hope Fabi doesn't mind:

Hi, Sandy!!
I've got your book at last!! And I can tell you I LOVE IT!!! You are such a great artist!!
I`m learning  to tangle by my own, with your book and from the net too.
I`m a Graphic Designer and I `d like to bring this wonderful experience to my country (Argentina), but I can´t travel to yours. Do you know any way I could do it?

My love and best wishes to you for this 2011!!


P.S. I`m adding here one of my tangles. I hope you like it! 

Dear Sandy!!
Oh, my God!!!
I`ve just learned that you`ve had eye surgery today. And I had sent you five hours before, a zentangle of mine called "the Eye of Time". I am quite surprised!!!
I hope you get well soon!!
And of course, I will try to buy your next book from Etsy or so.
All my Love!!


  1. Oh my dear Sandy !! When it rains it pours. I pray you will get back on your feet quickly. This has to be rough on you for sure. I can't imagine..well I can as I had to have a patch on my good one, and my depth perception was so out of wack. My son was little at the time and he thought it was great fun to dodge the Momma ! Lol !! Boy, when I got the patch off... he got his !! lol !! Sending you a big hug and many get well wishes... Kristy...aka Rosie

  2. Hope you regain your (single) vision soon :)

  3. Hi Sandy, just found out about the eye operation. Keep on healing. Sending best wishes.

  4. HI sANDY,

  5. Sandy I didn't know you had surgery. My mum always said "it will get worse before it gets better" :-((( I know you didn't want to hear that.

    Thinking of you.

  6. Thanks for the update, Sandy, and your post about Fabi is a good reminder of how mysterious this life is and how there is support all the time! We are all sending you healing wishes and love. You are such an inspiration to so many!!

  7. Sending you loving & healing thoughts for a speedy recovery, Sandy, from Montréal, QC. May your inner vision enlarge as your outer vision heals!

    --Vicky :o)

  8. Keep your chin up Sandy. It will all get better in His time. As a breast cancer survivor and open-heart surgery survivor, I know firsthand how we can get overwhelmed with health problems. My feet and hands have been extremely numb since back in 2002 when I had to undergo chemotherapy treatments. My heart was severely burned by 38 radiation treatments that I had to undergo, thus total congestive heart failure. I feel blessed that I'm still here on earth and able to send along prayers to you for a speedy recovery. Somehow our darkest moments seem to turn into some of the best inspirational moments of our lives. Keep on keeping on. You shall overcome. -- Karen Marshall

  9. Sandy, Good to see your post and hear that your recovery is progressing even if slowly. You bring wonderful energy and beauty to the world. Know you are in my thoughts. -- Barbara Allen

  10. Dear Sandy, you are an inspiration to us, and we wish you a speedy recovery from such delicate and tricky surgery.It must be very frustrating for you ate the moment.Our hearts go out to you.
    This too will pass.

  11. Sending you love and light and healing for your eye!!!

  12. I wanted to stop by and say 'hello' to one of my fellow 'fishies'. I hope you continue to heal right up! I know how hard being patient is in these situations! Looking forward to seeing you around the fish bowl! :)

  13. To help you feel better I'm sending you some pixie dust.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸..✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.

  14. Not fun, not fun at all, but hang in there. The nerve damage appears to be (relatively) mild and while it takes a ridiculous amount of time, people often forget that NERVES DO HEAL AND REGENERATE. Do your best to put up with the healing time and follow your doctor's orders. My day job is running a Neurosurgical practise and he specializes in brains and spines. It is truly miraculous what heals and repairs. I'm putting your eye health in my prayers.

  15. I hope your eye heals quickly! You'll be in my thoughts.

  16. I received "totally tangle" friday and i've been drooling over it since! Hang in there! Sending you positive vibes! *hugs*

  17. Sandy.....if you get this message, I would really love to have your snail mail addy. There are members in my group that would like to send cards your way. JacquiG at bellsouth dot net

    (((((Sending Hugs and Kisses)))))) and hope that you are feeling better soon!

    Artists of the Round Table

  18. Thanks everyone! And I love that pixie dust. :-)
    Jacqui, here's snail mail addy: BeezInk Studio, PO Box 359, Warner, NH 03278


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