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BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another

08 Dec 09 - 09:28 PM (#2784261)
Subject: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Bat Goddess

Well, Tom's been having a problem with a sporadic blurry patch in his left eye. He checked with his primary care doctor who referred him to an ophthalmologist whom he saw today. Despite leaving there with a Post-it with "Central retinal artery occlusion left eye" written on it, and appointments for blood work and a more specific echo cardiogram, and an appointment with another ophthalmologist next week (yes, at the same time he's supposed to be getting the rest of the vocal cord cancer removed, but not to change that date yet), I'm left wondering if they actually think that's what the problem is.

Everything I read about retinal artery occlusion indicates it's an emergency situation -- something needs to be done RIGHT NOW or the vision loss is permanent.

Maybe I can get some answers tomorrow (Wed), my day off, from one or several of his doctors, but right now I'm just confused.

Tom is, I think, both worried and frustrated because he has no real information either about a) what it is, b) what treatment there is, and (very importantly) c) how this will affect his ongoing cancer treatment (not to mention his general health -- one online source cites percentage increase in other potentially fatal problems because of retinal artery occlusion).

We would probably worry a lot less with a few actual facts.

Linn


08 Dec 09 - 09:32 PM (#2784263)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Ebbie

I'll be thinking about the both of you. We are fragile beings at the same time that we are incredibly strong. {{{{hug}}}}


08 Dec 09 - 10:00 PM (#2784276)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Rapparee

Eye doctor oughta be shot. If that's what it is.


08 Dec 09 - 10:09 PM (#2784284)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: bobad

Is this a blood clot? If it is, immediate intervention is called for otherwise permanent loss of vision may result.


08 Dec 09 - 10:17 PM (#2784290)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: katlaughing

I have been so angry at the docs I've been to in the past six months because of the way they cavalierly toss off this possibility and that, all scary as hell...it made so frustrated and scared, I now have PTSD and am being treated for major depression. I wish you, my friends, were not experiencing some of the same kind of crap. You have all the care and support I can muster. It will slow down and get better...just don't let the bastards get you down and make them give you some info! (I know you know this and will.:-)

with all my love,

kat


08 Dec 09 - 10:32 PM (#2784302)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: maeve

Thank you, Linn. I always want more information than I can get. I'll be interested in what you learn tomorrow.

maeve


08 Dec 09 - 11:11 PM (#2784322)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: ClaireBear

I'm so sorry. No one should have to deal with crap like that, ever, much less when so much else is going wrong. Hugs all round.

Claire


09 Dec 09 - 12:51 AM (#2784385)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: catspaw49

The second site below gives a good overview but the first goes into excelleent depth.......Neither are a "good read." From what I can tell, if it was in fact central artey occlusion it would seem that the damage is done within the first two hours (or thereabouts). None of it sounds good Linn and to me it would warrant more than a damn post-it with something else happening later! (I'm with Rap.....Kill the Doc).......I'm sure you can find lots of sites but they all say pretty much the same thing.....sorry to say.

Tom has the porcine valve so he's not on warfarin is he? I'd forgotten that at first and I kept wondering how he got a clot. I don't know what you do next but I'm pretty convinced that "nothing til next week" ain't a good option even if the damage is done.

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/799119-overview

http://www.stlukeseye.com/Conditions/ArteryOcclusion.asp


Much Love and Good Luck.......and let me know what, if anything, I can do from here.


Spaw


09 Dec 09 - 04:02 AM (#2784444)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Liz the Squeak

(((hugs)))... about all I can do really...

LTS


09 Dec 09 - 04:19 AM (#2784448)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Sandra in Sydney

I thought I had posted a reply, but it was 'only' hugs & good wishes so it's easy to re-create

sandra


09 Dec 09 - 04:32 AM (#2784451)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: mouldy

Thinking of you. Life's not fair!

Andrea x


09 Dec 09 - 05:11 AM (#2784463)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: John MacKenzie

FFS

(((( Tom & Linn ))))


John


09 Dec 09 - 05:38 AM (#2784474)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: gnu

Even more thoughts and prayers.


09 Dec 09 - 05:42 AM (#2784476)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: MikeL2

hi linn

Sorry to hear about your problems.....as if you didn't have enough already.

I have been down the cancer route but I was lucky - I had several ups and downs but nothing to really concern us other than to get over the treatment and the after-effects.

My best wishes to you both

Mike


09 Dec 09 - 07:34 AM (#2784514)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: kendall

Definition of time: One god damn thing after another.

I wish you could see my eye doctor (I can't spell opthalmoligist). He is top quality, and he has no ego. I was kept waiting in his waiting room well past my appointment time and when I complained to the nurse he got wind of it and called me at home to apologize.


09 Dec 09 - 08:10 AM (#2784529)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SINSULL

Any chance of getting someone in Boston to check this out while you're down there for the vocal cord surgery?
Sorry Tom - your time in the barrel. Hardly fair to hit you with two major crises at once.
Mary


09 Dec 09 - 09:15 AM (#2784569)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Charley Noble

Words fail!

(((hugs)))

Charley Noble


09 Dec 09 - 09:53 AM (#2784586)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Jeri

It strikes me that 'sporadic' does not mean this is a permanent situation.

Also, complete occlusion means complete blindness in the eye. At most, he has an occlusion of a branch, and even then, a 'sporadic'(?!) one. I'm sure the eye jerk did a fundoscopic exam so he did see something that requires further study.

As for giving what may be a prospective diagnosis OR a 'rule out' on a fucking post-it note, it's completely unprofessional and the guy should be reported to somebody. Most hospitals have patient advocates.


09 Dec 09 - 10:12 AM (#2784597)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

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09 Dec 09 - 10:26 AM (#2784605)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: skarpi

Words fail!

(((hugs))) I guess no laser treatment can fix this , but here in
Iceland we a very good eye doctors , but I guess that wont help .

hugs again over the ocean .

some burden are more than other s

ff !!

all the bst Skarpi


09 Dec 09 - 12:18 PM (#2784696)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Bat Goddess

The more I think about this (and the more I find out) no way can it actually BE "central retinal artery occlusion left eye". Today he see just fine. This is an occasional blur usually occasioned by a bright light or reflection -- and then it GOES AWAY. The blindness or partial blindness caused by a retinal artery occlusion doesn't go away.

The doc's assistant (nurse? PA? receptionist?!?) wrote that on a Post-It note for Tom when he asked what he should tell his wife (me).

Last week when I asked the doctor I work with (optometrist, not ophthalmologist), she recommended he see an ophthalmologist, but the blur could be caused by meds, stress, or fatigue. Somehow this sounds way more likely -- Tom takes plenty of meds for his heart condition, is under even more stress because of the vocal cord cancer and (are we surprised?) hasn't been sleeping well lately.

Tomorrow he has a corotid artery scan of some sort (variety of echo cardiogram, I think). Maybe he can get some answers.

His throat surgery is still scheduled for next week. Oh, and I'll be getting scoped while we're in Boston, too.

Linn


09 Dec 09 - 12:48 PM (#2784717)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SINSULL

Sounds more like a cataract than anything else. Obviously, DON'T IGNORE IT.
Mother Mary


09 Dec 09 - 12:59 PM (#2784725)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: catspaw49

That sounds better Linn......THe carotid echo is a "pain in the neck" literally.....LOL...no big deal and its short, but they shove that thing (ultra sound basically) up and down your neck and even the 5 or so minutes per side seems too damn long.

If he has vision back then you're probably right and the Quack is wrong and there are lots of other things like you said. Hope you get some answers soon!

Spaw


09 Dec 09 - 01:36 PM (#2784750)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Bat Goddess

It's been a sporadic thing from the get go -- Tom said it sort of showed up again yesterday just as he got to the appointment thanks to a reflection or something in the parking lot -- then the doctor dilated him so he had more problems seeing. Each time the blur has shown up, it's gone away after a little while.

This is just something recent -- the past 2 weeks.

Linn


09 Dec 09 - 01:39 PM (#2784754)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Jeri

Sounds more like an ocular migraine, but could be meds or other things.

I talked to Tom about this, but since last summer, I get a blur in my right eye, especially when I'm hot. I had a thorough exam with dilation and the works, and they couldn't find anything wrong other than signs of an allergy in my eye. They recommended over the counter eye drops and I got some Zyrtec which helps somewhat.

Keep one thing in mind: the ophthalmologist he saw referred him to another guy because he didn't know what it was.


09 Dec 09 - 02:00 PM (#2784772)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Tinker

Just hugs.....


09 Dec 09 - 02:32 PM (#2784788)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Morticia

oh man this is the outside of enough now, my love to you both


09 Dec 09 - 02:42 PM (#2784793)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SussexCarole

wow - this is just one thing after another for you both! So sorry all this crap is coming your way.

Carole & Andrew


09 Dec 09 - 02:55 PM (#2784806)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Hollowfox

Hugs, juju, and a continuation of the $#@!-reduction candle series for you both.


09 Dec 09 - 03:22 PM (#2784821)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Mrrzy

Aw, man, this sucks. I will be thinking of you both, and thinking something a lot worse towards that so-called doctor.


09 Dec 09 - 03:32 PM (#2784825)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: gnu

Great news about the eye!

Kendall... "I was kept waiting in his waiting room well past my appointment time and when I complained to the nurse he got wind of it and called me at home to apologize."

A few hours wait after an appointed time for Moncton's laser and advanced research eye doc here is not uncommon. She serves ALL of Maritime Canada in her specialized field.... that is NB, NS and PEI.

BUT... is that a demand problem or a scheduling problem? I am not privy to the info required to make that call.


09 Dec 09 - 04:27 PM (#2784869)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: kendall

They simply schedule too many patients in any given day. So, if an emergency comes up, it's a train wreck.They leave no margin for error. I wouldn't have minded so much but this happens often in his practice.
When I complained this time he suggested I schedule my appointment first thing in the morning from now on.


09 Dec 09 - 04:43 PM (#2784888)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Charley Noble

Remember back when we thought we were invulnerable, and sang all those morbid songs to a round of general laughter? It's somehow not as funny anymore.

Happy to hear that Tom is seeing thinks clearer this afternoon.

Charley Noble


09 Dec 09 - 05:09 PM (#2784904)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: gnu

Kendall... I had one for today for Mum at 8:30. First one of the day, but it got changed to near noon on Monday... another long wait... sigh.

Charley... indeed not! Like the old German adage, "We get too soon old and too late smart."


09 Dec 09 - 06:10 PM (#2784942)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Janie

To quote my Mom, "Growing older is not for sissies." Not posting because I don't really have anything to add to what others say better than me, but know that I check in to these threads daily and continue to think of you with care and concern for your well-being.


10 Dec 09 - 08:08 AM (#2785279)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SINSULL

Kendall,
Unfortunately, many patients simply do not show up. That is why doctors tightly schedula appointments. A co-worker recently askedme about a local dentist. Seems her dentist refused to schedule appointments for her and her children after she missed five in a row without calling.
I schedule mine for first thing in the AM and arrive early. Makes life so much easier.
SINS


10 Dec 09 - 08:28 AM (#2785293)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Bryn Pugh

Thinking of you both and holding you in the Light.

Erica and Bryn


10 Dec 09 - 09:35 AM (#2785334)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SINSULL

Tom,
Get better. Do not make me come down there and smack you!
Love,
Mary


10 Dec 09 - 10:32 AM (#2785370)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: olddude

I always always get into trouble for saying this. But both of you guys I am gettin me rosary out and praying my butt off ... so yell at me if you like but I do it cause I love ya

Get better

Dan


10 Dec 09 - 11:41 AM (#2785427)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: wysiwyg

Linn,

Internet access has been dodgy, but I've been watching this, prayerfully.

~S~


10 Dec 09 - 11:52 AM (#2785430)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SINSULL

old dude,
The image of you praying your butt off with a rosary borders on kinky. Thanks! I needed that.
SINS


10 Dec 09 - 12:01 PM (#2785433)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: gnu

Mary... go him one better and take your rosary to Tom.


10 Dec 09 - 01:23 PM (#2785481)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: jacqui.c

Good thoughts from the UK Tom - I hope that things go well for you.

I'm also keeping an eye on this thread, daily.


11 Dec 09 - 06:30 AM (#2786006)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: bbc

You two are having to deal with an awful lot of stuff; so sorry for that! Hope you get this figured out & it's treatable.

love,

Barbara


11 Dec 09 - 06:54 AM (#2786012)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Naemanson

I'm sorry to hear about this too. Hang in there guys.

I'm happy to know the Republicans think there is nothing wrong with the health care system. But then, they probably don't know about wonderful people like Tom and Linn and the problems they are having.


11 Dec 09 - 08:50 AM (#2786053)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Charley Noble

Sinsull-

It's difficult to suppress the image of you and your horde of tiny nuns chanting prayers together. How could any God with a sense of "humors" resist such an appeal?

Charley Noble


11 Dec 09 - 08:57 AM (#2786058)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: olddude

Mary
all this holiday eating has caused my butt to get bigger, so that is a lot of praying ... for sure LOL. Time for you to put on your nun outfit.

Dan


11 Dec 09 - 09:19 AM (#2786067)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SINSULL

Sister Blister reporting for duty.
Any news, Linn?


11 Dec 09 - 09:51 AM (#2786088)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: maeve

I'm here, too.

maeve


11 Dec 09 - 10:02 AM (#2786093)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: gnu

Ditto.


11 Dec 09 - 02:28 PM (#2786306)
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From: VirginiaTam

Yeah... me too. What's the haps?


12 Dec 09 - 11:58 AM (#2786925)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: maeve

Tom and Linn- Checking in.

maeve


12 Dec 09 - 02:34 PM (#2787012)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Tinker

Still keeping you in my prayers


13 Dec 09 - 10:25 AM (#2787386)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Bat Goddess

Well, you all know as much as we do.

So everything is more or less up in the air. Depends on what the anesthesiologist thinks as far as the procedure on Thursday.

Dr. Z's office offered to find him an ophthalmologist he can trust. I also got referrals to another local ophthalmologist from several reliable sources.

Tom doesn't like the guy he saw last week. He wouldn't listen to what Tom told him were the symptoms. He intends to see someone else, but we need to know results from Thursday's tests. Ach!

Probably won't find out anything about anything until Monday. Meanwhile, except for an occasional momentary blur, his sight has been fine.

Linn


13 Dec 09 - 10:33 AM (#2787391)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: gnu

Hope it stays that way. Tough luck about the doc.


13 Dec 09 - 10:34 AM (#2787394)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: maeve

Thanks, Linn. It's ok that you can't post great gobs of new information. We are interested, and we are here.

Please give each other a hug for me.

maeve


13 Dec 09 - 11:27 AM (#2787417)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: jacqui.c

I saw the optician over here yesterday for my free eye test under the NHS. I have been having a bit of occasional blurring in my left eye for a while - checked it out with him and he thinks that it may just be a 'floater' that goes across the eye sometimes. Anyway, he checked my eyes properly and said they are healthy.

Here's hoping that is all that Tom has.


13 Dec 09 - 05:22 PM (#2787625)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Sandra in Sydney

floaters are great fun - they just drift across my eyeballs, minding their own business, sometimes I hardly notice them.

sandra


13 Dec 09 - 05:56 PM (#2787645)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Bat Goddess

I've got a coupla floaters, too. The only one that's annoying is the one that looks just like the almost invisible markings in progressive lenses that I sometimes have to find and dot to match up to the fitting cross. That's really annoying.

Linn


13 Dec 09 - 07:42 PM (#2787694)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: gnu

The floaters are really not such a big deal for most as we age. A sign of the future for most? Now, that business of the couch disappearing on my left while the coffee table on my right it still in full view as I make my way out of the living room after I have turned off the TV, well... gee? That don't float so well with me.

Minds me of an elderly aunt who used to say, at about 80, she could still pick fly shit offa pepper and hear a flea fart. Aunt Annabell was a gem.


13 Dec 09 - 08:07 PM (#2787708)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Stilly River Sage

I went to the database at work. These are 2 abstracts from articles in the university library medical database.

I'm sending these along because they may give you some useful keywords for a further search. The second one may be more useful.

Let me know if you want me to look further or send more information. I am using a newer email since what I may have sent you before, but if you're signed in to the Google group thing, you should be able to track me down. Or send a PM.

Title: Photopic negative response reflects severity of ocular circulatory damage after central retinal artery occlusion.

Source: Ophthalmologica. Journal international d'ophtalmologie. International journal of ophthalmology. Zeitschrift fr Augenheilkunde (Ophthalmologica) 2009; 223(6): 362-9
Additional Info: Switzerland

Standard No: ISSN: 0030-3755 (Print); 1423-0267 (Electronic); NLM Unique Journal Identifier: 0054655
Language: English

Abstract: PURPOSE: To determine the relationship of the photopic negative response (PhNR) of the photopic electroretinogram (ERG) with the degree of circulatory disturbances in eyes following central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO). METHODS: The circulatory disturbance was graded as mild (group 1) when the arm-to-retina transmission time was <30 s, moderate (group 2) when the time was >30 s and severe (group 3) when concurrent choroidal circulatory damage was found. For statistical analysis, groups 1, 2 and 3 were scored as 1, 2 and 3, respectively. Photopic ERGs were elicited by either short-flash (SF) or long-flash (LF) stimuli. RESULTS: Both the SF and LF PhNR were significantly reduced in groups 2 and 3. The PhNR amplitude was negatively correlated with the severity of the ocular circulatory disturbances (p = 0.0498, rho = -0.507 for SF PhNR; p = 0.0050, rho = -0.750 for LF PhNR). CONCLUSION: The amplitude of the PhNR became more reduced as the severity of the circulatory disturbances increased in eyes with CRAO.
Copyright 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel.





Title: Retinal artery occlusion: associated systemic and ophthalmic abnormalities.
Source: Ophthalmology (Ophthalmology) 2009 Oct; 116(10): 1928-36
Additional Info: United States
Standard No:         ISSN: 0161-6420 (Print); 1549-4713 (Electronic); NLM Unique Journal Identifier: 7802443
Language:         English
Abstract:         OBJECTIVE: To investigate systematically the various associated systemic and ophthalmic abnormalities in different types of retinal artery occlusion (RAO). DESIGN: Cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: We included 439 consecutive untreated patients (499 eyes) with RAO first seen in our clinic from 1973 to 2000. METHODS: At first visit, all patients underwent detailed ophthalmic and medical history, and comprehensive ophthalmic evaluation. Visual evaluation was done by recording visual acuity, using the Snellen visual acuity chart, and visual fields with a Goldmann perimeter. Initially they also had carotid Doppler/angiography and echocardiography. The same ophthalmic evaluation was performed at each follow-up visit. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Demographic features, associated systemic and ophthalmic abnormalities, and sources of emboli in various types of RAO. RESULTS: We classified RAO into central (CRAO) and branch (BRAO) artery occlusion. In both nonarteritic (NA) CRAO and BRAO, the prevalence of diabetes mellitus, arterial hypertension, ischemic heart disease, and cerebrovascular accidents were significantly higher compared with the prevalence of these conditions in the matched US population (all P<0.0001). Smoking prevalence, compared with the US population, was significantly higher for males (P = 0.001) with NA-CRAO and for women with BRAO (P = 0.02). Ipsilateral internal carotid artery had > or =50% stenosis in 31% of NA-CRAO patients and 30% of BRAO, and plaques in 71% of NA-CRAO and 66% of BRAO. An abnormal echocardiogram with an embolic source was seen in 52% of NA-CRAO and 42% of BRAO. Neovascular glaucoma developed in only 2.5% of NA-CRAO eyes. CONCLUSIONS: This study showed that, in CRAO as well as BRAO, the prevalence of various cardiovascular diseases and smoking was significantly higher compared with the prevalence of these conditions in the matched US population. Embolism is the most common cause of CRAO and BRAO; plaque in the carotid artery is usually the source of embolism and less commonly the aortic and/or mitral valve. The presence of plaques in the carotid artery is generally of much greater importance than the degree of stenosis in the artery. Contrary to the prevalent misconception, we found no cause-and-effect relationship between CRAO and neovascular glaucoma.
MESH Subject(s) below:         
Descriptor:         (Major): Diabetes Complications
Smoking
(Minor): Aged
Cohort Studies
Coronary Angiography
Echocardiography, Doppler
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Glaucoma, Neovascular -- complications
Humans
Hypertension -- complications
Male
Middle Aged
Myocardial Ischemia -- complications
Prospective Studies
Retinal Artery Occlusion -- complications
Visual Acuity
Visual Fields


13 Dec 09 - 08:20 PM (#2787715)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Jeri

Anybody find anything on retinal artery inclusion that describes the only symptom as transient 'annoying' blurred vision?

If Dr Z's office knows somebody, I'd be inclined to see that doctor.


13 Dec 09 - 08:26 PM (#2787718)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Nancy King

Still sending good thoughts from here!

Nancy


13 Dec 09 - 09:28 PM (#2787741)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: GUEST,winterbright

Linn & Tom, I'm just catching up with this thread.
I had a central retinal vein occlusion back a-ways. If you can stand to travel for a diagnosis, you won't find better than Jeffrey Moore at the Maine Eye Center in Portland. Top-notch!!!
Much love and much healing from your old best woman!


14 Dec 09 - 08:35 AM (#2787968)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SINSULL

"Stand to travel"????
They are up this way monthly and always have a bed, a hot meal and a bit of something to drink.
You know you're welcome, Linn.


15 Dec 09 - 09:34 AM (#2788792)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Bat Goddess

Well, Tom's off to see the ophthalmologist he saw last week (yes, that one) to see if there are any results from last week's tests.

And whether that will interfere with our trip to Boston tomorrow, Tom's check-up with Dr. Z, my scoping with another doctor, and Tom's procedure on Thursday morning to get rid of the rest of the cancer and make a start on rebuilding the area of the right vocal cord.

Just hanging and not knowing anything from any direction truly sucks.

Oh, by the way, as of about 7 o'clock tonight, Tom and I will have known each other for 29 years. Today is our "Other Anniversary" -- our wedding anniversary is June 26th; December 15th is the double anniversary of the night we met and then a year later while celebrating having known each other for a year, we decided to get married.

Linn


15 Dec 09 - 09:54 AM (#2788809)
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From: Sandra in Sydney

congratulations!


15 Dec 09 - 10:53 AM (#2788839)
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From: gnu

Indeed! Congratulations!


15 Dec 09 - 11:40 AM (#2788867)
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From: jacqui.c

Congratulations from the other side of the Pond.


15 Dec 09 - 12:11 PM (#2788892)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SINSULL

Geez Linn. With all those tubes going in and out, why not schedule dual colonoscopies and get yourself covered end to end like my car.

What a romantic way to spend an anniversary.
Good luck!


15 Dec 09 - 02:31 PM (#2788985)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: VirginiaTam

congrats to you both on the anniversary thing... still good wishes coming from out england way for good health and effective treatments.


15 Dec 09 - 06:57 PM (#2789231)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: curmudgeon

I saw the Opth this morning; I was asked if my meds had been changed or if I had talked to my Card. The Opth said my eyesight had improved and I should call my Card. He wasn't concerned about ny eye problem but rather potential for stroke during surgery. He allowed as he understood me to have a carotid artery problem.

I talked to my Cards. nurse who said the blood tests were great, but they had no report on the carotids; thsi was the Dr. who ordered the tests. She said she'd track thme don, send them to Dr Z in Boston and get back to me. When she did get back, she had sent the report to Dr. Z, but admitted that neither she nor the Card. could make any sense out of it.

Thus, Linn and I are going to Boston tomorrow for our respective Drs. appointments, at which time we'll know if surgery will go as planned or be put off.

Many thanks, comrades, for all your good thoughts. Will report later as we know more - Tom


15 Dec 09 - 08:09 PM (#2789273)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Sandra in Sydney

neither she nor the Card. could make any sense out of it. ???

sending more good wishes (& that Dr Z. can make sense of it all)

andra


15 Dec 09 - 08:11 PM (#2789277)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: curmudgeon

Card - cardiologist

Opth - opthamologist

Dr. Z - Dr. Zietels


15 Dec 09 - 08:14 PM (#2789280)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: gnu

Go with the flow... no other choice. Thoughts and prayers big time from The True North.


15 Dec 09 - 08:19 PM (#2789284)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Charley Noble

Tom-

Thanks for the glossary. It does help me to keep track of all the players.

Best of luck with Dr. Z.

Hope to see you and Linn on Saturday at the Press Room.

Charley Noble


15 Dec 09 - 09:13 PM (#2789321)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Bat Goddess

It's "ophthalmologist" -- am I the only one that ain't one who can spell it? (No, I know there are some other toilers in the editorial fields here at Mudcat.)

It's okay, darlin' (Curmudgeon); it's not the easiest English word to spell. (I can spell "defibrillator", too!)

Sigh. ;-)

Linn


15 Dec 09 - 09:35 PM (#2789332)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: catspaw49

Ya' know Linn, its the acronyms that occasionally foul me up.......like accidentally referring to my ICD as an IUD............that was bad..........

Spaw


15 Dec 09 - 09:36 PM (#2789335)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: TRUBRIT

Tom and Linn - all the best from Tom and me.......we are sending our love and our positive thoughts.


15 Dec 09 - 09:47 PM (#2789343)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Jeri

Probably need a carotidologist to translate the carotidologist's report. Probably reads like "Upon fladeration with the probe, the lateral-collateral aspect of the medial trundificated glarbovicualar process demonstrated minimal ablomination."

...and what it means might be 'reasonably normal', but it sounds like you should duck under a desk and wait.

Bon voyage tomorrow.


15 Dec 09 - 10:24 PM (#2789365)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: maeve

Have an illuminating day you two. If any of the docs mumble something about finding a nudibranch; run!

maeve


16 Dec 09 - 03:43 AM (#2789458)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: jacqui.c

Fingers and everything else crossed here.


16 Dec 09 - 08:11 AM (#2789565)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SINSULL

What's a nudibranch?


16 Dec 09 - 08:31 AM (#2789574)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: maeve

Nudibranch= a sea slug

I doubt that either Tom or Linn will find any mention of a nudibranch in their medical reports this month.

maeve


16 Dec 09 - 09:09 AM (#2789600)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Tinker

Love and light and laughter headed your way......

fingers and other body parts crossed in anticipation....

Tinker


16 Dec 09 - 09:57 AM (#2789627)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Hollowfox

Likewise from Ohio.


16 Dec 09 - 12:55 PM (#2789722)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Charmion

Gee whillickers. (Is that how you spell "whillickers"?)

One of these days, Mudcat's surgery veterans should hold a drunkfest and strip our sleeves, show off our scars and compare medbiz horror stories. An opthalmologist can reduce the strongest soul to quivering tears just by reaching for that nasty little lens thingy that he sticks right into your eye ...


16 Dec 09 - 01:10 PM (#2789729)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SussexCarole

Thinking of you today Love from us both

Carole & Andrew x


16 Dec 09 - 03:34 PM (#2789823)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Bat Goddess

Ach! (My inner Kraut comes out...)

Well. We took the Downeaster to Boston as planned. I saw "my" throat guy and got scoped. Results: nothing to be concerned about. Mouth, throat and vocal cords look good 'n healthy. Might want to protect against "stealth" acid reflux and go back to taking my generic Prilosec and avoid eating too close to bedtime, but I'm reassured that my throat annoyances are nothing dire.

Tom was scoped, too, prior to meeting with Dr. Z -- who says his vocal cords are looking really good, too. One of Dr. Z's assistants, though, was on the phone TWICE with Tom's cardiologist, who decided he wanted to see more tests on Tom before he gives the okay for Tom to be under anesthesia.

So...final cancer removal (and initial rebuild) postponed to the end of January -- with the reminder to Tom's primary care doc and cardiologist that the rest of the cancer needs to be removed ASAP, meaning get the damned tests done and whatever else accomplished before the end of January so the surgery can go on at that time.

What I really wanted for Christmas was for all the cancer to be gone. A start on rebuilding the voice would be gravy. Ah, well, deferred gratification time (again). But I certainly don't want to take the chance of Tom having a stroke during the surgery -- or any other time!

So, we're spending the night in Boston, since we'd have to pay for the hotel room anyway. And we were able to cancel the room for tomorrow night without penalty. We'll have dinner tonight at a lovely little Lebanese restaurant just on the other side of Cambridge St. and take the Downeaster home tomorrow morning -- which will delight the cats. (And maybe the house won't be too frozen.)

Linn


16 Dec 09 - 03:35 PM (#2789824)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: VirginiaTam

Thanx for the update Tom. Best of luck to you and skill to the physicians.


16 Dec 09 - 03:54 PM (#2789840)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: gnu

Overall... good news. Thanks, Linn. Hang in there kids!


16 Dec 09 - 04:02 PM (#2789847)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SINSULL

Try the lentils and rice, Linn. Wonderful stuff.
Sorry it didn't happen, Tom. Kendall will tell you, the worst of this is the waiting.
Are you allowed to eat, drink and be merry now?


16 Dec 09 - 04:32 PM (#2789867)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: maeve

Thanks, Linn. Love to you and Tom. If there's any pleasure to be had in tonight's meal and good company I know you two will find it.

maeve


16 Dec 09 - 04:39 PM (#2789870)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: GUEST,Tom

The treated cord is healed enough for moderate abuse - a bit of rum in my water, some semi flat beer, some real,mixed with decaf.Again, thanks all - Tom


16 Dec 09 - 04:46 PM (#2789875)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Janie

Enjoy yourselves tonight!


16 Dec 09 - 08:11 PM (#2789993)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: GUEST, Bat Goddess in Boston

I had shawarma; Tom had, merde, 2 glasses of wine and I can't remember. Started with a K and wasn't kibbi (and it was grilled). Both were very good, but I think my shawarma was best. Lovely combinations of flavors.

The restaurant is the Phoenicia, by the way -- on Cambridge Street in Boston across from Blossom Street -- Beacon Hill area.

I'm in the middle of a sneezing fit, so I think I'll head upstairs to bed.

Linn


16 Dec 09 - 10:12 PM (#2790050)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: GUEST,guest

hi .....Glad you had a great tasting meal..flavor is important. Let me know what you want to do re work tomorrow Rom


17 Dec 09 - 10:38 AM (#2790338)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Charley Noble

Better is better!

Charley Noble


17 Dec 09 - 01:57 PM (#2790548)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Bat Goddess

Kalma...it was kalma that Tom had.

Just got home. The house, while not what I'd call toasty, is less cold than we expected. No water freeze-up and the furnace is running to bring it back up to temperature.

Gotta go call work and let them know I'll be in tomorrow.

Linn


17 Dec 09 - 03:07 PM (#2790595)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: gnu

Rest up and relax. Still in my thoughts and prayers.


17 Dec 09 - 03:42 PM (#2790639)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: maeve

Glad you're home and the place hasn't frozen. Have a cozy night back in familiar digs.

maeve


17 Dec 09 - 07:29 PM (#2790832)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: katlaughing

Good. It's gotta feel good to get home. I'll bet the cats are relieved.:-)

Lotsalove,

kat


18 Dec 09 - 02:16 PM (#2791432)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: gnu

kat... hahahahaaa


18 Dec 09 - 03:01 PM (#2791475)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: katlaughing

Silly gnu...I only meant to have a warm bed, again.**bg**


18 Dec 09 - 05:35 PM (#2791611)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Tinker

Thanks for keeping us updated.


23 Dec 09 - 11:14 AM (#2795016)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Bat Goddess

Well, Tom spent Monday working the phone, trying to get call backs from his doctors (trying to get them co-ordinated) to get his carotid artery problem taken care of. Trying to get through to them that it is imperative that he have his postponed cancer surgery on January 26th.

He was back to work on another project yesterday -- they want him whatever hours they can get him and know he will be having some medical tests and procedures.

Today he's having an arteriogram and I know he has an appointment with another doctor on Monday.

Things must be accomplished, holidays or not!

But I'm choosing to think of this as a GOOD thing -- if there's a potential problem that could cause a stroke, we definitely want it headed off at the pass!

Linn


23 Dec 09 - 11:36 AM (#2795033)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: gnu

Good luck, thoughts and prayers.


23 Dec 09 - 11:41 AM (#2795039)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: katlaughing

It is a good thing, Linn. They want to make sure they are aware of anything which might need to be addressed before going into surgery.(I know you know that.) I know it seems like forever, but it is worth it. They made me wait through five months of tests, told me they were making a road map of my body so they wouldn't get any surprises once they cracked my chest.:-)

Light and Love to you both,

kat


23 Dec 09 - 11:43 AM (#2795043)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: MikeL2

hi Linn

All my thoughts are with you both.

Illness and diagnosis does not stop for holidays.

Some years ago I had similar problems and I had to attend every day over the Easter holiday.

Time has told that it was the right thing to do - I am now completely cured.

I hope my words of experience help you both.

Stay with it.

Love

Mike


23 Dec 09 - 12:18 PM (#2795066)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: SINSULL

Hurry up and wait.
Groan


23 Dec 09 - 01:17 PM (#2795116)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Tinker

Still here and sending off sparkling light and joyous healing.....


23 Dec 09 - 07:31 PM (#2795290)
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: One Thing After Another
From: Sandra in Sydney

One (worthwhile) Thing After Another

seasonable greeting to you

sandra