Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Vitrectomy Webcast

Not too squeamish? Check out a webcast of a vitrectomy similar to the procedure I had done 3 weeks ago. It's pretty amazing, and you'll see it performed by the excellent doctor that did mine! Just click the title above!


Sunday, November 25, 2007

All’s Well That Ends Well…

…And my 3-week “vacation” is drawing to a close with some good news on the medical front. And, of course, some bad news as well.

First, my dad is doing great, and was discharged from the hospital today. He still has a little of the pneumonia, but they prescribed some antibiotics for him to take. We drove him home early this afternoon, and he’s glad to be home.

On the bad news front, it looks like there will be another family member leaving us soon. My sister-in-law’s (on Jo’s side) mother is losing her battle with leukemia. It won’t be long, most likely. It seems like this is happening far too often lately.

Tomorrow, I start work again. In a lot of ways, it will be good to get back in the mix again. Of course, I’ll miss sleeping late, staying up late, and just goofing off. I really must see if I can find a way to retire or work from home. Soon. Life is precious, and it’s passing by much too quickly anymore.

At any rate, I’ll be slowly getting back to some of my projects that I started before this eye problem cropped up. I’ve done a bit of redecorating on the website, as you may have noticed by now. I hope to post a small synopsis of the month in my November section in the next week. But for now, I’m going to take it easy for the rest of the evening, and get ready to start the early-morning routine again.


Saturday, November 24, 2007

Getting Back To “Normal”

Of course, “normal” depends on one’s point of view. For me, normal apparently means unrelenting chaos and stress 24/7.

My eye seems to be slowly improving. The gas bubble that was inserted in my eye as part of the procedure has completely gone away, replaced by the vitreous fluid that normally fills the eye. At least now, I don’t have to sleep sitting up. My vision is still somewhat distorted and blurry at a distance, and things still don’t line up quite right. My doctor said the eye should continue to improve over time – which could mean a few months. At any rate, it has improved enough for me to go back to work Monday.

I’m finding I am able to start drawing again, albeit with a little more difficulty than before this eye episode. I hope to get started with some new art, and to finish up some other projects I started months ago.

Of course, it seems to be impossible to completely get through one medical crisis before getting hammered by the next one.

This morning the phone at awakened us a little after 8:00. I had to jump out of bed, and rush my dad to the hospital. He was having pains in his chest. I got him to the emergency room, and they checked him out pretty thoroughly. It looks like he may have a slight case of pneumonia in one lung. They started him on antibiotics, and are keeping him overnight at least. He was doing pretty good when I called him earlier this evening.

At the rate things are going, I don’t know what kind of shape I’ll be in by Monday morning. Right now, I feel like I’ve been dragged under a train. It seems like I can’t get through more than a few days without another episode involving doctors and/or hospitals.

This is beginning to suck.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Latest Eye Surgery Update

It’s been nearly two weeks since my surgery on my left eye, and today was my latest checkup with Dr. Dyer. My eye is continuing to improve, and Dr. Dyer was very pleased with how well it’s doing in such a short time since the surgery.

I can start driving again, as long as I don’t overdo it, and he wants me to continue to take it easy this week. I’m to take this week off work, but I’ll be able to go back next Monday, the 26th. With the Thanksgiving holiday, there are only a couple workdays left this week, anyway. He wants to make sure my eye continues to heal as well as it has so far. I have another appointment on December 10th, and hopefully, my eye will be even better by then.

I asked about working with my computer, and he said as long as it didn’t cause any eyestrain, it would be OK. I’ll be doing a little work on my website, but updates will probably be a little slow for a while.

This whole thing has been quite the adventure. I’ll tell you, when you’re used to just getting in the car and taking care of business anytime you want or need to then suddenly, that ability is taken away for a couple weeks, it’s hell! I’ve been just about to bounce off the walls not being able to do anything. I hate having to ask to be driven to the bank, drugstore, or wherever. I’m usually the guy who is busy helping everyone else!

At any rate, it will feel good to get back into a normal routine again – whatever “normal” is around here anymore. I’m anxious to get back into my shop and get to work on some of my projects, and yes, I’m even looking forward to going back to work! But for tonight, I’m going to sign off, and vege out watching James Bond movies on cable. Till next time…..


Thursday, November 08, 2007

Eye Surgery Update # 2

I'm doing better today. My eye doesn't feel as scratchy, and isn't as sore. Vision is still extremely blurry, but this is normal. As part of the procedure, a gas bubble is inserted in my eye, and it will affect the focusing ability of my eye. As the gas bubble slowly evaporates, better vision will, hopefully, follow. I've placed a link below that goes into detail about retinal detachment, and treatment:

Retinal Detachment

My eye doctor - specifically the retinal specailist who did my surgery said I cannot drive or return to work until he sees me again on the 19th. I can't do a whole lot other than take it easy, and watch a little TV, or DVDs on my laptop. I probably shouldn't be typing this, so I'll keep it short.

Until Next Time......

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Eye Surgery Update

This will be short. The eye surgery went well, but the recovery period is going to be quite lengthy. I cannot drive for at least 2 weeks, and of course will be unable to work. All I can do is watch a little TV or movies on my laptop. I can't evn read - my doctor probably wouldn't want me typing this.

Updates will be infrequent for a while.