Let me start out this article with a quick update about Paul Thompson. Monday is usually “Paul” day here on LiP, but for the last few weeks Paul has been absent due to some health issues. I don’t know too much, only what I find on Paul’s Facebook page. Paul had surgery for some kind of stomach ailment a few weeks back. It is my understanding that last week he had another round of sugery. I have heard various news about Paul’s health, but because I cannot verify the things I have heard, I am choosing not to pass that information along at this time. Suffice it to say that with the length of time that Paul has been away, and with more than one round of sugery being done, it would seem that this is a fairly serious situation. I hope I can get some solid news to share, but at this point, I can just say that I wish Paul well, and hope he makes a quick and full recovery.
Get well soon, Paul.
Now, on to the real topic of the day, which is somewhat related to Paul’s condition. Today, I will be writing about my own health condition.
Last month, I wrote a pair of articles regarding some issues that I have been having with my eyes/vision. If you did not see those articles, you can find them here:
I saw a Retinologist
I had a doctor’s visit last week. This is the one that I have been really waiting for, and wanting to do. I saw a retinologist. She is said to be one of the top retina specialists in the country. It has been hard to get an appointment to see her, and yes, surprisingly she does have an appointment system, first PH doctor that I have ever seen who has actual appointments. Reason it has been hard is that we have had so many holidays lately (Araw ng Dabaw, Easter/Holy Week, etc). Also, the fact that she is such a top specialist makes her very busy. But, I got in last Thursday. My schedule was at 3:30, and it was 5pm before I got in, but it was well worth the wait. I got both good and bad news, but the good news was very good, and the bad news was only marginally bad.
The doctor was really great to deal with. She listens very intently, and does not speak until you are done explaining your situation to her. Very refreshing. She is the first eye specialist that I have seen that I was able to ask every question that I wanted to ask, and got satisfactory (good or bad) answers to each of my questions. I absolutely fell in love with the lady.
The bad news, which I fully expected, was that my vision problems are not reversible. The damage has been done and cannot be “repaired”. The damage can be stopped from going further, which is a relief to me. Good control of my blood glucose is the biggest key to stopping further deterioration, and I already have a very good handle on that, so that was fine with me.
No Retinal Detachment!
The really good news was that she examined both eyes, but particularly focused on the left eye. The left eye is the one that I had been diagnosed with partial retinal detachment, and they wanted to keep a very close watch on it. This doctor, though, said that I have no detachment of the left retina. She said that I do not need surgery, and even if I wanted to have surgery they would not do it, because there is nothing to be fixed. That was a huge relief to me. I give her opinion a lot of weight because it is her specialty, and also she is considered one of the leaders in this specialty in the Philippines.
Basically, she said that my right eye is looking quite good. My vision in my right eye is not great, but also not that bad. I can get some correction in my right eye with glasses.
My left eye has very poor vision. When you have an eye exam and they have the chart on the wall with the different letters, I have to struggle to read even the top row with the large letter on it, my vision is that bad. However, she said that on the left eye, she can see that it needs more laser treatment. She said that there are still areas with significant bleeding, and areas with masses of blood that are clouding my vision. So, when I have more laser treatment, that will clear up the bloody areas and stop the bleeding, and that will help clear my vision to an extent, but not a huge amount. She feels that I probably need two more laser sessions on the left eye, no more laser needed on the right. I will have the laser treatments done at the hospital where I had it before, then go back to see this doctor for a follow up. I intend to start seeing her at least twice per year to follow up and have ongoing exams, to stay on top of any problems that come up. She was a bit expensive, but in my view (no pun intended) well worth the price. One thing that she did, which I really was happy about, was that while she was examining me, she took the time to map out the areas of my eye that needed additional laser treatment. I will give this map to the hospital people and it will help them in addressing the still existing problems.
That’s what I know
So, now you pretty much know the same as what I know from the doctor visit. I am very happy with what I learned last week. The bad news was already expected, but there is a lot of upside to what she told me.
I really was not looking forward to the surgery that I had been told would be needed. Having a real expert tell me that I did not need any surgery was great news and I was happy to hear that. As long as I keep my health in control, I should be able to avoid such surgery altogether. That, to me, is great news. I don’t want to go under the knife, and I will do anything I can to keep that from being necessary.
I just wanted to share this information with readers, because many of you have been very supportive, and I appreciate that greatly. You deserve to be kept up to date, it is the least I can do in exchange for the support that you have shown me.
Thanks for listening!