I woke up late that morning of January 18, 2004. It was a Saturday, and both my husband and I didn’t have work on Saturdays. I got off the bed to use the bathroom. When I opened our bedroom door, I noticed there was something terribly wrong with my right eye. I was having double vision again (Note: In 1999, I had double vision of my right eye, which I thought was just a result of the medication given by my OB/GYN at that time for the treatment of my hormonal imbalance. My right eyeball was actually moving to the left, and I couldn’t control it.
I woke up my husband, and we rushed to the emergency room of the Makati Medical Center. Physical tests, blood tests, and MRI of my head were done. My neurosurgeon, Dr. A., then told me that an operation was imperative. I had to undergo frontal craniotomy to remove my pituitary tumor. Prior to the operation, I had a chest x-ray and ECG to make sure I was fit for the procedure.
On January 23, 2004, I went under the knife for an operation that lasted for five hours. When I was being wheeled out of the operating room, my husband told me my eyes were wide open, but it seemed like I wasn’t seeing them (my husband, my sister, and my parents) because I had no reaction when I saw them. I could hear them talking to me, but I wasn’t seeing anything. My husband feared I had actually become blind.
I stayed for a total of 17 days in the hospital. Biopsy results for the tumor showed that it was benign. Initially, I could only see a silhouette of my neurosurgeon’s fingers. The only color I was seeing at that time was black. Later on, I could see the color of things, too, but I left the hospital with very limited vision.
To be continued…