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Dec 16th 2012 new

Hi Everyone,


4-1/2 days since my eye operation.... I am fortunate that the pain is essentially gone and the swelling surrounding my eye too. My eye is still quite red and a bit itchy (from the sutures scratching sometimes when I move my eye), but there appears to be no sign of infection. Over time, the sutures will dissolve and disappear, so fortunately they will not have to be removed. The doctor gave me steroid drops and antibiotic drops to help the recovery.


My next appointment with the doctor is on Tuesday, but I can definitely tell that I am on the mend. It is a very good feeling that the top half of my right eye is no longer dark, as it was before the operation. It is still very blurry, but I'm not wearing a contact lens in that eye for another 3-1/2 weeks. Maybe i'll be able to get a temporary glass lens from the doctor for that eye. It will be several more weeks before the vision has stabilized so that I can check if any adjustment is needed in my current lens prescription.


Thank you for all of your continued prayers and well-wishes. They have certainly been very productive and most appreciated.


It is surprising how much life circumstances can change in just one week.


Take care and God Bless you all.


Ed

Dec 16th 2012 new

(Quote) ED-20630 said: Hi Everyone, 4-1/2 days since my eye operation.... I am fortunate that the pain is essenti...
(Quote) ED-20630 said:

Hi Everyone,


4-1/2 days since my eye operation.... I am fortunate that the pain is essentially gone and the swelling surrounding my eye too. My eye is still quite red and a bit itchy (from the sutures scratching sometimes when I move my eye), but there appears to be no sign of infection. Over time, the sutures will dissolve and disappear, so fortunately they will not have to be removed. The doctor gave me steroid drops and antibiotic drops to help the recovery.


My next appointment with the doctor is on Tuesday, but I can definitely tell that I am on the mend. It is a very good feeling that the top half of my right eye is no longer dark, as it was before the operation. It is still very blurry, but I'm not wearing a contact lens in that eye for another 3-1/2 weeks. Maybe i'll be able to get a temporary glass lens from the doctor for that eye. It will be several more weeks before the vision has stabilized so that I can check if any adjustment is needed in my current lens prescription.


Thank you for all of your continued prayers and well-wishes. They have certainly been very productive and most appreciated.


It is surprising how much life circumstances can change in just one week.


Take care and God Bless you all.


Ed

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clap Great news, Ed! Eyesight is soo important to us, isn't it? theheart

Dec 16th 2012 new

Thank you John.


It does certainly seem like more than just mere coincidence that my operation was at Mercy (Catholic) hospital in the city of Sacramento (named for the Blessed Sacrament) on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec 12) with my first follow-up visit on Dec 13, the feast day of St Lucy, patron saint of those with blindness and eye ailments. The hospital staff said that I seemed very relaxed going into surgery, and I'm sure that this all had a lot to do with it.

Other interesting facts related to the eyes of the image (on the cloak) of Our Lady of Guadalupe.....


Scientists have discovered that Mary’s eyes possess the three effects of image refraction in a living eye.


>> www.truthsoftheimage.org (a Knights of Columbus web page)


Reflected in Mary’s eyes are 13 tiny figures, including Bishop Zumarraga and St. Juan Diego.


>> www.truthsoftheimage.org (a Knights of Columbus web page)



Some food for thought or contemplation.



Ed

Dec 17th 2012 new

Thank you, Lina.


Yes, it certainly is very important.... And unlike many injuries, some serious eye injuries (like retina detachment) often happen rather suddenly and with no indication of pain. It can be quite deceptive as to the urgency of needing attention. Sudden changes in the eye must be treated as emergencies.


Ed

Dec 17th 2012 new

Thank you so much for the update, Ed. We miss you here and are so thankful for your successful surgery. Will look forward to hearing about your continued recovery.


With prayers and good wishes,


- Elizabeth

Dec 17th 2012 new

(Quote) ED-20630 said: Hi Everyone, Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and prayers for my succe...
(Quote) ED-20630 said:

Hi Everyone,


Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and prayers for my successful eye surgery.


The entire surgery went very well. The surgeon said that it could not have gone better. I had a follow-up visit on Thursday and the surgeon said that the entire retina is now fully attached and now it just needs to heal and stabilize over the next 4-6 weeks. He is very happy with the result.


Before the surgery, it appeared as if a window shade were suddenly (over a day or two) pulled down over my right eye to the middle. If I put my hand in front of my eye, it would disappear as I moved it above the mid-line of the eye.... kind of scary when it happens. Now, even as soon as the follow-up visit a day later, that "shade" has disappeared and I can see all the way to the top of my eye. It is still very blurry.... I'm sure partly from the surgery but also because I can't put my contact lens in that eye (to correct the vision) for four weeks.


I believe that I was very fortunate to have been referred to this doctor. He is a retinal specialist who has performed thousands of retinal surgeries. He has been recognized as one of the “top doctors” in Sacramento by his colleagues and as a “Top doctor in America”. Also, all of the office staff and hospital staff were great. It was a total of only 48 hours from the time that I first called my optometrist on Monday morning to walking out of the hospital on Wednesday morning. It was all very efficient, fast and high-quality service.


It was a rather serious surgery, as it was imperative to do as soon as possible in order to minimize damage, hopefully avoid the need for a more invasive surgery, and increase the probability for a successful result. They did what is called a "Scleral Buckle" procedure in which they fasten a small silicone rubber band around the outside diameter of the eye and suture it permanently in place. This applies the appropriate pressure to the inside of the eye so that the retina will reattach and heal. This small band can't be seen (in a mirror) because it is hidden behind the eyelids. Fortunately, this procedure worked very well and they did not have to perform the additional, much more invasive procedure, of injecting silicone oil inside the eye to provide more pressure. If this had been done, then I would have had a more serious recovery plus another operation in several weeks to remove some of the silicone oil. It all kind of makes me wince when I think about it.


I had doctors orders not to try to read at all for the first couple of days, as it would cause the eye the jerk. As it turned out, he really didn't have to tell me this because it was quite painful (to my right eye) whenever I would move either either side-to-side. I really didn't do much the last couple of days except rest in my chair, listen to the radio or TV and get lots of sleep. Today the pain has reduced considerably and I am more mobile.


My next follow-up visit in on Tuesday. Then I'll be flying to Washington state to see family on December 24-31.


Thanks again for all of your support. It is very comforting to have such a caring community here at CM.


Sincerely,


Ed



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Hi Ed, I'm glad to hear your surgery was successful and I'll be praying for a speedy recovery. God bless you!

Dec 18th 2012 new

Elizabeth,


Thanks for the nice thoughts and prayers. It is nice to be improving each day.


Sometimes it is good that we don't know the challenges lie ahead for the next week, as it could be really difficult to proceed. It is probably best that we just have to take one day at a time.


Ed

Jan 11th 2013 new

Hi Everyone,


I just had my 4-week follow-up appointment since my operation on December 12th.


My doctor said that the results look great, and that my retina is completely re-attached. I can start wearing my old contact lens in my right eye now and resume any normal activities. My eye is mostly healed now, but my vision in that eye should still improve somewhat over the next 8 weeks as it finishes healing. After my next appointment in 8 weeks, I can then get a new prescription contact lens for my right eye. The new prescription will be needed because the surgery makes the eye a bit more near-sighted than it was previously.


The whole operation and healing process could really not have gone better.


Thanks again for all your kind thoughts, prayers and support. They are very much appreciated.


Sincerely,


Ed

Jan 11th 2013 new

Congratulations, Ed, on your good news and continued recovery. God is good!

Jan 11th 2013 new

So glad to hear all is well. It's good to hear from you, Ed. We've missed you.


- Elizabeth

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