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Let The Music Play

Looking Through Waxed Paper

The accurate medical terminology was “whoa it’s like looking through waxed paper,” this from my ophthalmologist who said “there is a thick membrane…” She used additional jargon that by now quite frankly, I should understand but I still have to ask her to speak on a 3rd grade level.

My decreased vision was the result of this overgrowth of cells leading to the coating on the sack which contains the lens implanted during my cataract surgery from two years ago. The prognosis is very good and requires a simple laser procedure that will zap the membrane thus restoring my previous bad vision (which I’ve really, really come to appreciate).

Surgery is scheduled for November 3 which gives me plenty of time to plan <crickets> something.

Thanks again everyone for hanging in there with me. I gotta tell ya though, the office staff was pretty steamed that I brought all of you with me but they’ll get over it 😉 ~Steph

 

22 thoughts on “Let The Music Play

  1. I am praying that all goes well.

    1. Thank you Theresa, I just sent a quick note to one of my other followers letting them know I probably will be MIA for a bit because it’s getting increasingly difficult to read my screen even with the magnification. I hope to reblog some previous posts until I can get back into the swing of things after the surgery on Nov. 3. I appreciate your prayers.

  2. Stephn,
    Thanks for being vulnerable in sharing your story on losing additional vision. I remember when that happen to me it was pretty quick and not much time to adjust. I too was in the doctor’s office trying to assess the damage and think through my options; that at the time were very limited. I knew that it was going to go but we had no idea of how fast or when. I was just biding my time. But the wonderful thing is that I did have a good support system in place and I had done my homework. I talk to friends and I knew about blind rehab programs and services for the blind. I think that part was half the battle.

    1. It’s frustrating not knowing what you don’t know. I feel like I did things a little backwards because when I began losing my sight my doctor (bless his heart) told me what he “thought” I wanted to hear as opposed to what I “wanted/needed” to hear. I like being proactive and could have done a better job if I had an inking of what the worse case scenario would be. But all was not lost because I had family and good friends who were there for me every step of the way and I eventually found awesome support systems in the blindness organizations that I began volunteering with. I still feel a bit like a poser just because of the rarity of macular holes happening to me when I was in my 40s. Most people that get them are in their 60s or older.

  3. Thank goodness it can be corrected!!!

    1. Amen Glenda! I’m sure that once I have the surgery it will almost be like I have 20/20 vision.

  4. So happy to hear this Steph. Your positivity inspires!

    1. Thank you Khaya!! =D You won’t believe how relieved I feel knowing that this will be fixed in November.

      1. All the best:-)

      2. Same to you. How’d the ortho appt. go?

      3. Thanks Steph. I’m only seeing ortho next Mon, I’m hoping for a good prognosis.

      4. Oh okay, for some reason last week was stuck in my mind. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Steph, I’m just catching up on your posts. Scary stuff you’re going through. I admire your sense of humour and ability to share your situation and your feelings. I’ll have to try the ball cap “therapy”. I’m glad to hear that the prognosis is good, in a relative sense anyway.

    1. Thank you Caroline for stopping by. I’ve gotten so far behind in visiting other blogs. Yeah for a minute there I didn’t think I’d be able to cope with what I “thought” might be going on but as we know our thoughts can run amok. I’m so grateful that this issue can be resolved. Thank you again for your kind words.

  6. Isn’t there a way to restore even better vision? I’m glad the at least can help you some. I’ve read several people who used the product Bright eyes , with good results. I know it gets frustrating looking for solutions..

    1. Hi Katelon, at this time with my particular vision issue(s) (macular holes, glaucoma, scarring in the central area of my vision due to bleeding at the back of the eye, etc.) there isn’t an a way to restore better vision . But the good news is, researchers are making remarkable strides in the area of vision loss so who knows there could be a solution just around the corner. After going for my 2nd opinion after my last surgery back in 2009 and a ton of research on my own, I’ve become acclimated to the vision loss but this last go round nearly took my breath away because I’ve been so stable for the last few years. After going through the emotional adjustment period it’s easier to just go with the flow vs. being frustrated. I’ve been able to work with the most fabulous people once I accepted my status. It’s not an easy thing to go through but it’s not impossible to get through it either, if that makes sense.

      1. Glad you’re keeping a positive attitude. And, as I’ve shared, I believe soon, amazing healing and rejuvenation will be taking place.

      2. Thank you Katelon. I know you mentioned the healing/rejuvenation and I’m sure you’ve written about it, do you have a post that you can point me to?

      3. This post talks about the work I’ve been doing https://empowerandbalance.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/crossing-the-finish-line/ My posts from Nov. 1st to then off and on talk about the spiritual work I was doing, at an energetic level, to help bring about this shift into the light. My work partner got weird and turned against me so I’m now doing the work daily on my own (along with a lot of unseen help). So this will give you some idea. We truly are in the midst of an amazing shift on this planet. Many are writing about it.

      4. Wonderful!! Thank you Katelon I will take a look at this to get a better understanding of your work. I’m trying to get my email newsletter together so I probably won’t be able to look at it until tomorrow but I’ll circle back with you.

  7. Good to hear the fix is scheduled and while it won’t be right away it is on its way! Hang in there!

    1. Thanks Bruce. Yeah it’s such a relief to know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

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