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    joepaulbutler
    Senior Member

  • joepaulbutler
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    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

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  • Mottles
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    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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  • Merle Rice
    Senior Member

  • Merle Rice
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    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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  • Arthur C.
    Senior Member Louisiana

  • Arthur C.
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    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.

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  • Tinwood
    SW Coast Ontario Can.

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

    Tinwood

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  • scotia carver
    Scotia Carver

  • scotia carver
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    That's good news Paul, hope next poke in your eye adds more improvement in your vision
    Bruce

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  • Paul_Guraedy
    Historian Observing Life

  • Paul_Guraedy
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    Good mornin' my Frien's. I very much appreciate the words of encouragement from my fellow woodcarvers. The treatment for my problem turned out to be a little more complicated than I had initially thought. It involves not the one treatment I expected; but will be repeated a number of times over the next six months.

    Here's what happened. I went in a week and a half ago. The first step was to dilate my eyes and map the back. Then I had to sign a bunch of papers stating that I submitted to the treatment and understood the possible serious side effects. Scary!

    I was then taken to the treatment room where a technician spent quite a while sterilizing the area around my eye. He then used several topical treatments to "deaden" the eye. The final required that I keep the eye closed until the Opthamologist arrived ~ about 15 minutes later. I had been advised to not panic when I opened the eye as the last topical was thick ~ "like grease". That is accurate if you imagine a coating of grease that only permits light to enter.

    The opthamologist then used a hypodermic syringe to inject a solution in the eye to further "deaden" it. Finally the medication ~ injected into the back of the eye! The "good" side is that the deadening" worked. I only felt a push not a prick. Gives additional meaning to receiving an injury and stating, "it's better than a poke in the eye!" Under controlled circumstances ~ I will choose a poke in the eye.

    Today, I woke up to more clarity in the eye and decided to attempt a post. It's going pretty well. Vision in my left eye is still blurred; but at least it does not feel as if a shade has been drawn over part of it.

    This gives me hope for the next treatment (Feb 9th) and those following over the next six months.

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  • DiLeon
    Senior Member Hawaii

  • DiLeon
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    I got some eye issues lately also....they do not know what is causing it. I know it is worry....but I figure if that one guy can carve blind ...then there is a will.... then there is a way to find away around issues and problems we may face in the future. You will be in my prayers....take care.

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  • Tinwood
    SW Coast Ontario Can.

  • Tinwood
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    Never good news when we have eye problems but speedy recovery Paul. Hopefully they have for certain found the correct cause of the crash and burn in the first place and there are no further repeats. Scared the bejeezus out of me when they put me on blood pressure meds (too strong a dose to begin with naturally) and I found myself laying on the floor in the middle of the night wondering how I got there.

    Tinwood

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  • joepaulbutler
    Senior Member

  • joepaulbutler
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    There is hope Paul. Sorry for the old heart acting upon you, that is alway alarming. I don't know if we are haveing similar problems with our eyes, but about two years ago, the doctor who had taken my cataracts of sent me to a retina doctor. I too was having problems with blood vessels in the back of the eye.

    I happy to say that it has improved and hopefully stabilized. It requires me going in about every six weeks and get a shot of Avstiin in each eye, not pleasant, but with aid of a lot of lighting and magnifying glasses, I'm still making chips., I also increased the size of the carvings I was trying to do.

    Here is wish you be best of luck with your health problem.

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  • jimp
    Senior Member Western NY

  • jimp
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    I sincerely am hoping and praying for the best for you!
    I always enjoy your posts and am looking forward to you being back as good as new!

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  • Arthur C.
    Senior Member Louisiana

  • Arthur C.
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    Sorry to learn of your eye problem, Paul. Let's hope and pray that the upcoming procedure does the trick.

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  • Nomad
    Super Moderator Michigan

  • Nomad
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    Dang that's a bummer. Hopefully the docs will get you fixed up and back to your ol' self soon. Hang in there. Health comes first.

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  • Mottles
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    Dang Paul, sorry to hear the news sure hope that your vision will return to it's normal self and you will be back carving before to long. Will keep good thoughts for you.

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  • Brian T
    Senior Member

  • Brian T
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    I sure hope that there's some recovery in this. Best wishes.

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