I was in a bike accident this past January, as many of you know, and I am still recovering.
I took a corner too fast and basically landed on my left arm, shoulder, and head/helmet. My shoulder has long since healed, yet my head/vision has not. It was an accident that I should not have been able to walk away from -- my eye doctor said I am lucky that I only got away with double vision and my physical therapist looked at me several times in disbelief asking me, "how did you not break anything?" It was also a miracle no one was behind me, as it happened at a busy intersection.
Since the accident, I constantly either see double or suppress one eye -- the danger in this is that my brain ignores one eye which can lead to other vision problems. Both of these mean a lot of headaches, eye fatigue, that I often cannot read for long periods of time, and I can't get back on my bike since my balance is off and sometimes my vision jumps. (All of my food allergies came back as a result of the bodily stress, but I am finally able to tolerate a little bit.)
Vision therapy (VT) is $105/session which is every week and my expected recovery time is anywhere between 6 months to one year (I also have 20 minutes of daily homework). I have already undergone 3 weeks of therapy. In this time my headaches have gone down (I've actually been able to make it 68 hours without headache medicine), and I was able to focus a short distance for five seconds one day and one minute the next day. A full minute of both eyes working together to form one image may not sound like a long time, but this was one minute longer than I have ever done in the past 6 months!
VT is not covered by insurance and the VT office currently does not have any scholarships available. I am setting a goal for $2600, which will cover 6 months of therapy (and the 5% gofundme takes out for their services). As a humble children's bookseller I am already on a tight budget and am still paying off my MRI bill (my eye doctor and neuro-ophthalmologist were concerned about possible brain bleeding for a while). Without this therapy my eyes may not relearn how to focus (and glasses wont help the cause). Can you please help me out by contributing financially? Any amount helps!
Please let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to pass this along!
Thank you and God bless,
- Lindsey Carrillo
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