Friday, 4 September 2015

The Wheels of the Bus? go Round and Round ...

I had hoped to write this post last Saturday but lethargy and laziness got in the way. Determined to show off my writing skills in a font size smaller than that an Elephant's toenail, I was looking forward to seeing what I was writing once I had my new glasses. I do wonder if I have a saying on my forehead that says, "If anything can go wrong to this woman, it will", because my new glasses were not to be. The optician worked hard to make a prescription that would overcome the troubles with my eyesight but it was impossible. The big problem that was too difficult to work around was the fact that the cataract operation was a "bodgie job' (her words not mine) and the lens was "skew-whiff" (again, her words not mine). 

As you can imagine, I was a bit miffed. (A bit of an understatement.) However, all is not lost. The optician has referred me to the Lions Eye Institute because they have developed a new procedure that allows them to take out the faulty lens and replace it with a properly positioned one. With luck and a fair wind, they will be able to help me.

I am still debating with myself about whether to complain about the surgeon who supervised the intern who performed the operation. If I do this, I have to get legal advice; this may lead to a case of suing the surgeon, intern and other surgeons who examined my eye at subsequent appointments, for negligence. The thought of going down this road is giving me the heebie-jeebies. My stores of fortitude are very low and I'm loath to enter the strange world of the law via legal aid whilst taking on the public health system. Will ponder this problem some more.

OK, that's all I can manage with one working eye. If the post reads a bit cock-eyed, you now know why. (Sorry, I couldn't resist, he he.)

1 comment:

  1. Oh Tez,
    I'm both angry and sad at what you've had to endure due to the botched cataract surgery. >:-( That's awful that the optician wasn't able to help you by setting you up with some new glasses. At least you got a referral to the Lions Eye Institute. I'm sincerely hoping that you've been able to get there to see (no pun intended) them and that they're able to help you!

    As far as whether to register a formal complaint, that is completely up to you. You have to do what you're comfortable with. I'm not the type of person to ever sue. I've had instances where things have happened to me that others would sue over and I didn't. Part of it is just not wanting to bother and having to jump through hoops with no guarantee of winning. But of course, some things still sit badly with me and maybe if I'd "made them pay", I would be over it by now. (That's doubtful...) Anyway, I haven't been in the position of having someone mess with my eyes and I don't think I could overlook (*cringe* for the pun) that. The doctor supervising the intern is definitely responsible and if nothing is done to either of them, I'd wonder how many others they will ruin the lives of. I don't have to tell you, this is no small thing to not be able to see. To not be able to do anything you want or need to because they made a grievous mistake.

    I would've commented sooner but we were on vacation when you posted this and since we've been home I've been buried in chores. Please do an update (if you can) or let me know so I won't wory. Thinking of you and sending all the hugs you can handle, Chrisor