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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Lot Going On Here

Please see Mr. AOW's blog for the info.  I know that he will appreciate comments and well wishes.

He has a posterior subcapsular cataract, a bit unusual and the surgery for this type of cataract carries a higher risk of detached retina and other complications.  

The causes of this kind of cataract are not aging but rather steroid use and/or diabetes.  Mr. AOW had huge doses of steroids after his brain surgery in 1993 for acoustic neuroma so as to prevent post-op brain swelling.  He also has controlled diabetes.

I'll be tied up for most of tomorrow, June 21, I think.  We must arrive to the surgical center no later than 7:00 A.M. I'm not sure what time we will return home.

I may take Mr. AOW's iPad with me.


  1. I've been wondering when the surgery was scheduled. All my best for a perfect outcome.

    Sounds scary. I don't like anyone messing with my eyes.

    Keep us updated.

    Right Truth

  2. Ewwww! I hate surgery! I had it one time; A biopsy on a growth on my vocal chords. Before the surgery, the surgeon assured me it was minor surgery. When I awoke, he told me not to try to talk too much because I'd just had MAJOR surgery! Recovery was the most painful experience I've ever experienced.

    I made up my mind right then, that if I ever have to have surgery again, even if it will save my life, I won't have it done. I'd rather be dead than suffer like that again. (Don't let Mr. AOW see this post)

  3. As someone with fading eyesight I can offer the most sincere best wishes for a smooth aftermath. In a macarbe fashion, I wish that I had something that surgery could fix.

    Please tell Mr AOW that what he may experience for the first days does not represent what he will benefit from later on - ie no need to feel low and depressed for an instant result that comes a week later and with wonderful results!

    Damien Charles

  4. Heavenly Father, that it will be your precious hands working through the physician's during the operation. I pray for peace, complete restoration and no residual pain.

    In the precious name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

  5. The pre-surgery NONSENSE that Mr. AOW and I have been put through for nearly an entire week now is driving us crazy.

    I think my head may explode! So, I'm not going to go into all the hideous details right now. Worn out!

    I just hope that we don't arrive to the surgery center tomorrow at the crack of dawn -- only to be told, "Not here. Not today." Sheesh!

  6. Hi AOW.

    You both will be in my thoughts.
    As a docter once told me 'apparantly there's a better surgeon here above' meaning our faiths are in the Lord his hands.
    I hope he will be assisting the surgeons for Mr AOW.

  7. I am sure Mr AOW will do well. He is in my prayers.

  8. Please extend my best wishes to Mr. AOW for a speedy and successful recovery.

  9. Even with the miracles of modern medicine, it is still full of trade-offs...

    I too wish Mr AOW a speedy recovery.

  10. I hope by now, Mr. AOW has already gone through the surgery, and is well on his way to recovery.

    Naturally, I have prayed –– and will continue to pray –– for the best possible results –– and the grace and the strength for of you to bear whatever must be endured.

    I imagine we'll be hearing good reports from you very soon.

    All the best,


  11. Best wishes as well, and I will be thinking of you.

  12. Prayers for Mr. AOW are on the way. I know too well how precious is the gift of sight.

  13. We are home for a few minutes. Then off to the doc's office for a pressure check.

    Mr. AOW is amazed at how well he can see!

  14. Good News, AOW!

    I think doctors these days are generally prone to giving "worst case scenarios," and "lowering expectations," so any surprises you may have will be pleasant.

    Do be very careful, though, because post-operative care is as crucial as the surgery, itself.

    Wish I could be there to help. I can be quite handy in the kitchen, believe it or not.

    Keep on keeping on, and may God bless you both!

    ~ FreeThinke

  15. AOW, this is just wonderful news!!
    I'm so glad for you both!


    Post-op vision check about 4 hours after surgery = 20/150.

    About 10 days ago, Mr. AOW's vision check was so low as unable to be measured.

    Everything, including the retina, "looks fine" according to the doctor. The retina couldn't be properly examined 10 days ago because the lens of the eye was so opaque.

    The doctor says that vision should improve -- how much, we don't yet know.

    I did learn this afternoon that all the nonsense we went through during the pre-cert procedure was due to "new regulations that took effect on January 1." ObamaCare, I suppose. **sigh**

  17. I have a funny story to tell about something that happened in the waiting room today.

    However, I'm simply too exhausted to post about it right now.

    Heading for bed shortly.

  18. Sleep tight, AOW. You deserve the rest of the just and the blest.

    Someday, after you've had a chance to gain more presepecitve, I hope you'll tell us what happened at yiur pre-op ordeal step by step.

    I might help those of us who might have to face a similar situation one of these days -- probably sooner than we'd like.

    "Forewarned is forearmed." At least we hope so!

    ~ FT

  19. I did learn this afternoon that all the nonsense we went through during the pre-cert procedure was due to "new regulations that took effect on January 1." ObamaCare, I suppose. **sigh**"

    AOW...I'm hearing this time and time again from friends re tests they've had, or not had, waits for certain things, complications that had never happened before. Too many things to deny that it's the new health care nightmare. They've pushed a lot through before it's become law. Awful. And I think many health care providers are starting to adjust now to accomodate what's coming. I'll never forget Mr. Z's very liberal urologist who argued with him for Obama until he heard about the healthcare bill and would finally say to my husband "Where the hell are the Republicans and why aren't they fighting this thing?" True.

    Mr. AOW: be well! We're rooting for you! xx And you get some rest, AOW!

  20. Glad to hear Mr AOW is improving. That's good. It sounds like his eyes are OK, and should heal, fine.

  21. Glad to hear it went well Always, you folks need a bit of good fortune coming your way.

  22. UPDATE:

    Mr. AOW's visual acuity has greatly improved overnight as his pupil has contracted now.

  23. Great news AOW, I'm so glad for both of you.

    Yes you are right about all the hoops you had to jump through, Obamacare. So much of it has already been put in place, it will be a pain -- but a good pain -- to redo it if the Supremes rule against it.

    Right Truth

  24. AOW, so less double vision? It's gone, or...?
    this is really TERRIFIC NEWS!
    God bless you both!

  25. Thank you for the update!!!! What wonderful news! Praise God!

  26. Leticia,
    You'll be interested in knowing that this particular cataract surgeon is a staunch Believer. He doesn't make a big show of his beliefs, but when I take a look at the charity work that he does (I know only of the public information related to missions work in South America and have donated to the fund myself; I suspect that he does much more here locally), the man's commitment to the Christian faith is obvious.

    We are so blest to have this particular eye doctor!

  27. Z,
    The eye is still settling down and will be doing so for about a month.

    However, Mr. AOW is now reading WITH BOTH EYES for the first time in many months! He used to have double vision and fairly recently for up close vision. Not now! Please pray that this blessing maintains because if it does, Mr. AOW can go back to dealing in coins, the profession that he pursued for some 20 years.

    I can't really test his distance vision without popping out the left lens from his distance glasses. Where IS that little screw driver? I can't find it!

    Mr. AOW doesn't need the same prescription for distance vision as he now has an IOL (IntraOcular Lens), as do most patients who have undergone cataract surgery. I myself have two IOLs. The best things since sliced bread!

  28. I take it the procedure was successful.

    Good news and best wishes to Mr. AOW.

  29. So far, so good.

    Now it's a waiting game to see how much vision he permanently recovers. The next appointment is in a month.

  30. Glad to hear the operation was successful. Hope Mr. AOW feels better. Also, send Warren my best wishes for his wife. Hopefully everyone recovers. I'll stop back soon. -Jason

  31. Thanks, Jason.

    Warren and his wife are going through a terrible time. She is now in a nursing home for rehab. The doctors say that she will walk again once her broken leg heals. However, the question is "When?" Health insurance won't pay very long for rehab. Warren is already working three jobs to pay the health insurance premium and clearly cannot continue to do so.

  32. I'm sorry to hear about Warren's wife. I know the high cost of self-funded health insurance; it's our greatest monthly expense by far. As you know, rehab is slow, painful, and uncertain. I hope she makes progress.

  33. Jason,
    Did you get my email?

    If not, please contact me. You can use the email found at the top of my sidebar:



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