As you may remember, I was having incredibly bad headaches from the end of August, until about mid October, which have been attributed to the swelling of my pituitary stem (a side-effect of Yervoy,) as well as a tumor growing inside my pituitary gland. The good news is the tumor was benign. My Yervoy treatment was stopped, the tumor was removed and my headaches have tapered off. Although I'm thrilled to have had the tumorous peanut plucked, I have been left with a torn retina and tasteless taste buds. This has infringed largely on my life. Both of the doctors that performed the surgery stand firm in their belief that the torn retina is not in any way related to the surgery, but is a natural occurrence that has happened in accordance with my age. The dissipated everyday tasting abilities of my tongue is a natural part of healing and may or may not come back months from now. As of now I can taste certain foods well, other foods less well and some foods might as well be cardboard. My vision problems on the other hand, to me, are not so coincidental, and seem completely related to the doc’s knocking about inside my nasal cavity. Up and over my optic nerve, and definitely related to sawing a hole through my skull to retract the problem nugget with a tiny metal clamp. To me, it seems very likely that that was the cause of my retinal tear and also the subsequent bane of my life! Horrible floaters which dip in and out—up and down, forever swirling about in, and out of focus, these things infringe on my life on a very different level.
|These dark spots are constantly swirling around.|
|Nose normal looking - eyes with floater protection|