a mARTa update

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 10:32 AM
On Monday May 10th I had an appointment at the Jules Stein Eye Institute of UCLA for a consult on controlling my persistent battle with congenital glaucoma.  I was there from 10am to 6pm for this first visit.  When all was done the specialist said, "We will be doing emergency surgery on Wednesday."  So on Tuesday I spent the day getting all the pre-op exams and tests done.  Along with all this I had a previously scheduled appointment with a gynecologist because of the persistent uterine bleeding I've been experiencing for a few months now, despite the use of hormones.  Well, that didn't go so well as she decided to do a biopsy then and there and send me next week for a trans pelvic ultrasound.  Back up, one step at a time, just breath.

On Wednesday I had my eye surgery and despite the anesthesiologist not being able to get me completely sedated, I was calm enough to stay awake through the surgery.  When I was done I was in pain and tiered.  Rudy checked us into the UCLA guest house where I spent the night. Yesterday morning the doctor checked me again and said I had done really well with the surgery.  The implant was doing its job and my pressure was way down.  Very good news!  

Yesterday evening was the opening reception for the student honors show at the college where I take my art classes.  One of my paintings, La Cinta Roja no. 2 was chosen for the show so I really wanted to go.  With Rudy on my arm, a pair of dark glasses and a codeine tablet on board; I went to the show.  I didn't stay long, but long enough to see my picture on the wall and chat with some friends.

Today I thought I might go to art class but I'm still sore and the light outside a bit too bright just yet.  So, for now, no new art work to show.  I wanted to share all this with you because I realize not all of you follow me on Facebook or  Twitter  (find me as marta gonzales or martasart).  Maybe you were wondering where I'd gone to?  


  1. Joan Says:

    Marta - I was hoping you were missing because you were off on some nice trip. Wow! You've gone through quite a lot in the past few days. Take it easy and I will keep you in my prayers for a full and speedy recovery!

  2. Diahn Says:

    Glad to hear things are going well so far! Sending more wonderful good healing thoughts to you for the other problem...keep us informed, okay?

  3. Shirley Says:

    I'm sending a huge hug from New York! You're a trooper and I really hope the eye surgery will allow you to continue making fabulous art for a long time. Your class show piece was amazing. Anyone who can create believeable reflections is my idol.

  4. Sharon Says:

    Best wishes for a quick recovery Marta. Glad to hear it went well! (And I ike the new look of your blog...)

  5. Ai Says:

    Marta, get well soon. I will keep you in my prayer. Take the rest that your eyes or your body need. I am glad to know that you are OK.

  6. Quilt Knit Says:

    My ongoing ((( Circle of His Healing Angels be with YOU))) has come to tell me so good news.
    I cannot tell how long I have prayed for this news.

    I have added you to my Facebook.
    I will have to check twitter.

    Blessings of His for your Healing and all the Family.
    I know how hard it has been.

    My son had a bunch of tests done in January and February. The bills Ugh such Pain. But all well. Just - could have beens.

    Oh please check out my EDM blog just started.
    Sherrie Roberts

  7. Sandy Says:

    Oh Marta!!!!!!! I have been away and thought you had too - Soooo glad the eye surgery is over and successful!!! You are Such a trooper - you are due for some smooth sailign - be Well, hugs from me - and the art of exhibit is simply Stunningly Gorgeous!!! hope you are back posting soon!!

  8. jackie Says:

    Marta, Hang in there! You have inspired me to do so many things over the past year since I found my way to your blog site. I took up running (again) and sketching,etc. I'm sending you positive thoughts and many prayers.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Poor Marta, you are having a bad time. My brother also has glaucoma and has had an operation.

  10. Sherry Says:

    Hello Marta, Sending hugs and hopes for your continued improvement with your health issues. I've been out of town two weeks, and only saw your news today.

  11. Wow--so glad to hear you came through this ok--I imagine that must be scary for anyone, but for an artist who sees the world through those beautiful eyes, it must be frightening indeed. Best of luck recuperating! Your work is lovely!

  12. Thanks for the update. Hope recovery feels like 10 steps forward and NO steps back.

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