Lauren Scruggs is a model who was injured when she walked into a propeller after disembarking an airplane. She was gravely injured, losing her eye and part of her arm. She did several interviews earlier this month. Her outlook and perspective on this loss is quite remarkable, thanks Lauren for sharing your struggle and the source of your strength! Check out one of the 3 news reports below.
Posts Tagged ‘eye loss’
John Sharify with King 5 News followed a patient of ours through the whole process of having their eye removed due to pain and being fit with their new ocular prosthesis. This story aired on November 18th, if you missed it, check it out here: Artful Eye Surgery.
Laurie Erickson runs a company out of North Bend, Washington, The Finest Accessories, who makes hair accessories sold at Nordstrom and Sak’s Fifth Avenue. A ministry of hope and encouragement has been borne out of one of her customer’s requests for a hair accessory for those who have lost their hair due to cancer. This could be helpful to those who have lost eyes due to cancer and also lost their hair through treatment. Many patients are affected by interocular melanoma, choroidal melanoma, retinoblastoma and other types of cancerous tumors. Read more about her response to this request in this Seattle Times article.
This week, we heard an excellent lecture at our semi-annual meeting of the American Society of Ocularists about psychological coping techniques for our patients with ocular prosthetics and vision loss. Allison Fine, MSW is a medical social worker and counselor who works with individuals, couples and groups in the Seattle area. She provides compassionate support through her private practice for those dealing with chronic illness, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and end of life issues. Below is a synopsis of how patients can be affected by depression and how they can cope with it as well!
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
- Increase or Decrease in Weight (Lack of Appetite or Eating More Frequently)
- Increase or Decrease in Sleep Habits (Fatigue/Insomnia)
- Loss of Interest in Daily Activities
- Irritability, Anger, Frustration, Restlessness
- Trouble Concentrating or Difficulty Making Decisions
- Unexplained Aches and Pains
- Feelings of Hopelessness or Helplessness
- Suicidal Thoughts or Actions
- *If you are experiencing any or all of these, you may be experiencing depression.
Common thoughts and feeling related to ocular prosthesis/eye loss/vision loss and depression:
- I feel sad that I have lost my eye/vision.
- Why did this have to happen to me?
- Will I ever get used to my new prosthesis?
- I feel damaged.
- Will people still see me the same way with my prosthesis?
- How do I explain to others what I have been through?
- Do I have to explain to others what I have been through?
- Eat Well
- Sleep Well
- See medical professionals regularly for check-ups and medical concerns
- Take medications/supplements regularly
- Spend time with partners, family and friends
- Participate in hobbies/activities you enjoy or try something new
- Practice positive thinking
- Make time each day for relaxation and fun
- Meditate/practice breathing exercises
- Seek the support of a counselor
- Join a support group