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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:14 pm    Post subject: OT - This is no way to start the year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Not a good way to end the year or start the new one for me... went to my eye doc last Friday due to some floaters and a growing area of blurred vision in my right eye. He put me on his fancy new machine and discovered a retinal tear and an area of separated retina. His office set up an immediate appointment to see a retina surgeon.

We hurried to their office in Columbus (same building where my wife goes to an ophthalmologist) and they got me in pretty quickly and did an emergency surgery to repair the tear and injected gas in the eye, making a bubble that would press against the separation and force the fluid from behind the retina. Problem is I have to lay on my left side constantly so the bubble floats up to the right side of my eye. Been this way since we got home Friday afternoon. Only to be up 5 min. an hour. So, no New Years dinner or celebration or the normal things we do. No back to work yet either.

My wife, God bless her, has had to feed the llamas and clean in the barn, this in 0 to 5 degree temps. I hate being inside while she is out there 2 2 1/2 hrs. a night in this weather. And taking care of everything in the house too, all without complaint . I guess I owe her big time. Going back to the surgeon tomorrow to see where we are with all this. At the very least I've probably saved the sight in my eye.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:16 pm    Post subject: Re: OT - This is no way to start the year Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Sorry for the double post, trying to do this on my side with a tablet.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:50 pm    Post subject: Re: OT - This is no way to start the year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Whoa! That does not sound like fun!

How long will you have to do this?

Sounds similar to what a lady from our church went through. She had to sit with her head down. Sleep with a special pillow with a hole for her face! Don't remember for how long, but it was quite a while.

Prayers for a speedy recovery!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:51 pm    Post subject: Re: OT - This is no way to start the year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just do what the doctor says, and you should be fine. It's scary all right when problems happen to our eyes. I have had floaters for a few years. They eventually sink, and you don't notice them. I was picking up rocks before a mowing job a couple years ago. I had this large floater appear in my eye. By the time I got home I couldn't see out of that eye. Think that didn't put me in panic mode. I called my eye doctor he sent me to a specialist. He said I had a tear of some kind. He used a laser to repair the tear. Kind of welding it together. It sure hurt. In a month my eye finally cleared up. Every time in the past when I would get my eyes checked the doctor would say: you have damage in your eye. This was not from the previous problem. All I could think of was, I was mowing years ago, a rock flew out from my mower hit the front tire, and came back in my eye. It hurt for a few weeks. Stan
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:03 pm    Post subject: Re: OT - This is no way to start the year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi W_B, I had a similar problem about 4 years ago but the treatment was different. Sent me to a specialist that basically spot
welded the tear in the retina with a laser. My only restriction was no heavy lifting for a couple weeks.

Good luck with your treatment and kudos to your wife for doing your chores.

All the best in 2018.
JimB
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:08 pm    Post subject: Re: OT - This is no way to start the year Reply to specific post Reply with quote


You dodged a major bullet!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: OT - This is no way to start the year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a friend who had to lay face down for three weeks,same deal,he is fine now, about four years later.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:02 pm    Post subject: Re: OT - This is no way to start the year Reply to specific post Reply with quote


My doc used some sort of super cold cryo probe to repair the tear. When he touched it to the retina I saw multi color stars, kinda cool actually..... no pun intended.

Thanks for the good thoughts.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:34 pm    Post subject: Re: OT - This is no way to start the year Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Went to the doc yesterday and he said everything looks good. Cleared to resume normal duties (and back to work, yuk). Another appointment next Friday.
 
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