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  • #16
    As always, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Here's to a speedy recovery.

    Tinwood

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    • #17
      Great news, Paul! Your description of the procedure gives me chills, though. Hard to imagine lying still while someone pokes you in the eye with a needle, but as you say, the good part is that the deadening works!

      You continue be in my prayers for a full recovery.
      Arthur

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      • #18
        Hi Paul, I go to a Retina Specialist Also for the Ole Shot in the Eye. It started out every 6 Weeks and has gone to every 12 Weeks now, shooting for every 6 months. The shot is working but mine can't be corrected just slowed down. Left Eye is Fine, just the Right. I use a Magnifier that goes on my Head and works fine. Lots of Luck with your treatments and Hope they Help you enough to get back to your Hobby. Prayers go out to you . Merle

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        • #19
          Yay good news! So good to hear from you and that things are progressing. I've had my share of visits to the eye doctors 6 months ago I was told I had early stage ocular melanoma in my right eye. Two surgery's later I was back home recuperating. Last week was my 6th month check and the tumor has recided and no sign of melanoma. I'm right back doing what I love and so thankful. So keep the faith and positive thoughts.

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          • #20
            Paul, do you know what they are injecting into your eye?
            It is good that you are getting some sight back. I have to take my shots every 5-6 weeks now but it has helped. So bear with it, will be worth it. After the shots does your eyes look like you've been in a good old fight, all red and bloodshot
            . . .JoeB

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            • #21
              Dammit Paul, I go away for a few weeks and all hell breaks loose! I hope your eye (and your butt) heals up quickly, you have plenty more carvings left to finish and create yet, so don't quit now. Take care my friend and Skype me soon so we can chat, I've missed our conversations. Your friend.

              Bob
              Before they slip me over the standing part of the fore sheet, let them pipe: "Up Spirits" one more time.

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              • #22
                Fabulous news Paul!! I'm so happy for you... You have my hopes and prayers for a continued recovery!

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                • #23
                  Joe, the eye continued to progress until I was able to read the "second" line on the eye chart. I do not know what they are using to break up the blood on the back of the eye ~ but, it is working. I went for my 2nd treatment yesterday afternoon and had quite a scare. Everything was over ~ the Doc had left the room ~ the tech handed me a tissue, ~as admonished I dabbed not wiped the eye ~ and instead of tears there was blood on the tissue. My Cajun explanation point drew the tech's attention. Before I could continue my verbal explanation of the problem ~ she calmly replied, "Oh, Dr. Thomas, must havehit a blood vessel with the needle. Not worry. You will probably have bloody tears for a while. It's fairly common." Then she really made me feel better by adding humor ~ what I consider the spice of life by adding,, "Might scare hell out of the people around your though".

                  Diana put the quietus on this as we stopped to get a soda. "Just sit in the car! You are not going in and scaring the clerks!"

                  I am off to Texas for a few weeks of my "urban fix" on Tuesday. Will be in the Dallas area in time to attend the Texas Woodcarver Guild show. It is held the first weekend in March in Grapevine, Texas. I will also attend the woodcavers club in McKinney, Texas. They meet every Friday morning from 9-11a.m. and usually have about 25 in attendance.

                  It feels good to get back to woodcarving.

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                  • #24
                    Glad that things are progressing well Paul. Nice to see the old spirit back up again. Take care.

                    Tinwood

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                    • #25
                      All good news Paul. Do you get those bubble floater that bounce around like follow the bouncing ball, If happens to get a little air in with the injection I gave the bound ball for about 24 hrs Got my next appt. Mon.
                      . . .JoeB

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                      • #26
                        Sound like things are going in the right direction Paul. Good to hear.
                        Terry

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                        • #27
                          The whole treatment sounds so scary -- I am glad it is working and that you are keeping your good frame of mind. I think you are now qualified for super discounts on the post midnight cross country flights (red-eye specials). Keep on keepin on. And keep us posted.
                          HonketyHank toot toot

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                          • #28
                            Retinal vein.jpg
                            I have been asked for more information on my eye problem. The condition is defined as Retinal Vein Occlusion. The vein became blocked by a blood clot that leaked fluid into the part of the eye responsible for sharp central vision (macula) ~ causing blurring as it swells with the fluid.

                            Treatment is injection of medication (several different available) into the eye every four weeks. Not as bad as imagination first presents ~ but, although relatively painless, not a cake walk either. It involves several topical numbing medications, one a gel that blurs vision for several hours, and a numbing injection in the eye prior to the actual injection of medicine. Dark glasses are recommended ~ by me ~ for going into public areas after the treatment. Yesterday's encounter says it all. I went into a local grocery store, got my Fresca (required for evening combination with gin), was at the check-out register.

                            The clerk did not look up when asking, "How are you today?" Then before I could reply she looked up and shouted, "Oh my God! What happened to your eye?" as she viewed the non-sunglass concealed bloody orb.

                            I got a shot in it ~ failed to clarify, and actually seemed to be more equated with weaponry. Maybe even the expectation of seeing it pop out and roll along the counter. Attention by shoppers at all nearby registers demanded more explanation. "A busted blood vessel requires me to get an injection (very emphasized) every month."

                            This elicited more exclamations of, "Oh my God." The clerk hurried my "check-out" and I hurried my exit vowing to wear sunglasses even if it is late in the evening.

                            Anyhow, I saw marked improvement with each of the first three shots. Yesterday, the Doc told me, "We have hit a wall on improvement..." I was very relieved as he continued, "...with this medication. I want to change meds and try that for another 3 shots or so." The promise of further improvement pushed three more monthly injections almost into oblivion.

                            Following the initial discomfort, and public consternation ~ the primary aftereffect is "floaters" in the eye for several days. These dark circles are disconcerting but are primarily a nuisance. Well, OK, a big nuisance. I can't do much carving until the old body gets around to absorbing them.

                            So four down, maybe only two to go. But, there is "floating" thought in the back of my mind. He said, "...several medications available." If this one, "hits a wall"..........!! Forget the floater nuisance ~ where is the light at the end of the tunnel.

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                            • #29
                              Thanks for the graphics Paul, I believe my sight is getting better. I lucky the floater are usually gone the next morning. But the eveing after the shots is not real enjoyable not only is the vision blurred, but it kind feels like you have a bad welder's eye burn
                              . . .JoeB

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                              • #30
                                Did you happen to notice if the opthamologist was using Flexcut or Drake?
                                Brian T

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