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    Paul_Guraedy
    Historian Observing Life

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    Well my Frien's the light at the end of the tunnel has dimmed a bit. I have not been on WCI for a couple of weeks due to my eye problem. A new medication was used about 8 weeks ago and did a marvelous job. The Doc told me that they wanted to "wean me off the medication" and scheduled my next appointment for 6 weeks instead of the usual 4.

    At the 4 week mark I realized the importance of this interval. My vision started to deteriorate and in a few days had returned to the level that sent me to the Opthamologist in the beginning. It was bad enough to keep me from carving ~ unless I closed the "bad" eye and then depth perception was gone. Luckily, the time period coincided with Diana and my 50th anniversary. Company poured into Whooping Hollow and there would have been little time for carving anyhow. Now ~ Hopping Holler ain't Hoopin. The normal peace and quiet has returned! The celebration was nice, company appreciated ~ but it has been 22 years since I retired back here and I am totally unfamiliar with crowds of people around for extended periods of time.

    The Doc gave me another injection and I am to return in the usual 4 weeks. He also informed me that there was a medication that was supposed to last for 6 months. He is ordering it and will use it at the next session based on the results of this shot. The good news is that this injection returned my vision to where it had improved ~ and only took a couple of days to get there.

    So, I am now aware that it is unlikely that I will be "weaned off the shots" and my best hope is that the interval will stretch out to 6 months. Although the shots sound terrible ~ they are painless. The main downside is that from the time I arrive at the clinic until I walk out treated is about two hours. The eye "tears" for a few hours and the medication is visible as dark spots for about 24 hours before disappearing.

    But ~ hey ~ I am back to carving.

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  • joepaulbutler
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    What injectable are they using?

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  • Brian T
    Senior Member

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    I think that the quacks have used DeWalt or Black & Decker on me.
    I sincerely hope for the best possible outcome, here.

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  • joepaulbutler
    Senior Member

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    Brian, It feels like a cold chisel. I don't know about Paul, but I think my toenails are going to roll up

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  • TreeWizard
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    So sorry, I wish you well. I always enjoy reading your posts.

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  • Brian T
    Senior Member

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    Did you happen to notice if the opthamologist was using Flexcut or Drake?

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  • joepaulbutler
    Senior Member

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    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

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  • Paul_Guraedy
    Historian Observing Life

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    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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  • honketyhank
    No facebook, no twitter

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    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.

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  • Nomad
    Super Moderator Michigan

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    Sound like things are going in the right direction Paul. Good to hear.

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  • joepaulbutler
    Senior Member

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    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.

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  • Tinwood
    SW Coast Ontario Can.

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

    Tinwood

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  • Paul_Guraedy
    Historian Observing Life

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    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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  • MDWine
    Senior Member

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

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  • squbrigg
    Super Moderator

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    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

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