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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 9:27 AM


I was surprised Al hadn't checked in to read responses to his WP (I knew it was time for his previous eye surgery to be cleared up by now).

Now I know why - I received this email this morning:

"J, I discovered that I developed another retinal tear in my left eye. Evidently, the gas bubble from the first procedure kept this tear from being evident until it dissolved. I contacted my doctor last week to tell them something wasn't right.

I ended up getting another freezing/ gas bubble surgery yesterday. It may be only a stopgap however.

I may need full eye surgery [scleral buckle] which might happen next Monday. Won't know for sure. I see my ophthalmologist Wednesday.

It's disheartening to think I was almost over my problem. I'll stay positive. I'll keep you informed what will happen."

1mks  (Level: 210.9 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 9:33 AM

Ah, bless his heart. I sincerely hope that things work out for him in a positive manner. Keep us posted.

Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 9:34 AM

Thanks for the news, Janice.
Let Al know we're praying for a speedy recovery for him.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 9:35 AM

I am really sorry to hear that. We had just been exchanging PMs because I asked his advice about a problem I'm having with my own eye, and he answered very kindly and helpfully at great length. I had hoped he was healing quickly.

Thanks for letting us know, and please extend my best wishes for a speedy and uneventful recovery.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 10:52 AM

Dangit! Prayers and positive thoughts heading your way, Al! God bless!

Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 11:08 AM

Thanks, Janice, and I hope Al has a quick recovery and positive results with his eyes.


Papajensai  (Level: 193.1 - Posts: 1025)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 11:11 AM

Rats. So sorry about this. Al, when you read this, all best wishes and vibes from West of York, one of the First Capitals of the United States.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 11:14 AM

Just heard from him - he sent me this link about what he's been going through:

Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21600)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 11:22 AM

Wishing nothing but the best outcome for Al.

Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 11:31 AM

That's tough, Al! Thinking of you and wishing you all the best for a great result! Keep smiling and eating those peppermint patties!

Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3778)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 11:37 AM

Best thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery. I'll handle the peppermint patties for ya while yer laid up.

Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 12:00 PM

Well poop! That is discouraging news.

All the best, Al.

Alvandy  (Level: 229.5 - Posts: 7564)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 12:08 PM

Thanks to everyone for your care and kind thoughts. The good news is that the current tear is located at "11 o'clock" which means I keep my head positioned almost straight up so the new gas bubble pushes the tear back along the macula,
It's a strain to look at the computer of course, so I won't be online much for awhile.
I'll post news occasionally regarding my progress.

Since I am learning so much about eye problems, I may write an "eye witness" word puzzle some day.
Maybe not.

P.S.- hope you learned some good trivia about Buffalo Bob [Smith] and Bob "Wolfman Jack" Smith.
Thanks again - rack up those points.
Time for a peppermint pattie treat.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 2:52 PM

That was a great WP, Al. All the best to you. I'm believing for a positive outcome and a speedy recovery. Hang in there.

Jeannette  (Level: 110.8 - Posts: 1736)
Tue, 11th Aug '09 3:03 PM

all the best AL keep your chin up xx enjoy your peppermint patty

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 2:45 PM

Update from Al today (though he may come in later himself):

I'm going to have the scleral buckle surgery next Monday August 17. I'm trying to get done in advance as much work as I can.
I'll be basically out of work/ action for at least one week after surgery.

If lucky, I won't have to position my head too inconveniently after the first day or two. I'll be face down at least the first day.

But my retinal detachment needs to have this surgery for the best way to prevent future eye problems.

So- I'll play and chat a little this week.

Since I may not even be able to use a computer after surgery, you can let the other players know about any progress on a Salty Dog posting. I'm going to be a Sploofus refugee for awhile.

I think all will go well, but of course there is risk in any surgical procedure.

Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 3:33 PM

Best of luck to you, Al.

I hope the wonders of modern medicine will have you back in the swing of things again very soon.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 4:59 PM

Good luck Al. We'll be thinking of you!

Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 8:42 PM

In my prayers and will have a peppermint patty in your honor!

Swiper  (Level: 146.3 - Posts: 874)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 8:55 PM

Hoping nothing but the best for you Al! In your honor I'll have a frozen Peppermint Patty at the bar tonight,yum, doesn't that sound good? I'll be thinking of you Kelley

Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 10:54 PM

Swiper, post that recipe for the Peppermint Pattie. We'll all have a toast to Al tonight!

Good luck, Al! Best of wishes for a speedy recovery!

Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4191)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 11:06 PM

Sorry to hear you have to have this surgery, Al. I hope everything goes well and that you're back here on Sploofus soon!

-- Geri

Virtus  (Level: 161.9 - Posts: 2459)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 11:54 PM

The stores are all going to be out of Peppermint Patties as all your Sploofus friends are having one as they wish you a speedy recovery. Al, I'll be keeping you in my prayers and hope you can get back to the Sploofus island soon as good as new. Blessings, Anne

Jeannette  (Level: 110.8 - Posts: 1736)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 1:01 AM

hope every thing goes well Al peppermint patty for me too best wishes x

Wordster  (Level: 159.5 - Posts: 911)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 2:05 AM

All the best. I hope you make a full recovery.

Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 6:15 AM

We're all thinking of you Al. Looking forward to having you back on a full time basis. Good luck and prayers for the surgery.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 7:55 AM

I'm hoping for everything good for you, Al! Waiting right now for 9:00 to call an eye doctor for an exam.

Only eye exams I've had in 30 years are the ones you get when you buy glasses, and I'm going to go have some worrisome recent changes checked out that seem to be getting worse. A good friend told me this stuff is nothing to mess around with.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 7:59 AM

I'm sure Al wouldn't mind us adding our good thoughts (and prayers) for you too, Donna, as you have your eye exam.

Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6641)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 8:00 AM

Best wishes to both of you.
An eye is a terrible thing to waste.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 8:07 AM

Thanks, guys.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 8:25 AM

We're sending good thoughts to both of you and wishes for strength and normal function to return to your eyes soon.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 10:26 AM

They want to see me immediately, 12:30 appointment.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 2:32 PM

Just got back - good news for me. This is what I have going on:

Can't see well right now - will check in when the dilation wears off.

Thanks for all the wishes and prayers.

Headylamar  (Level: 150.7 - Posts: 740)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 4:02 PM

Me too!! Yep, had a vitreous detachment in my left eye last summer and my right eye decided to join in the fun this past June. My symptoms were very different from one eye to the other though, so I wasn't sure I was experiencing the sample problem. Although I worked for an eye doc years ago, I didn't put two and two together. I did know that flashing lights in your peripheral vision was not a good thing (immediately thought of retinal detachment) and hustled to see my ophthalmologist. And there you have it. Same diagnosis! This is a fairly common problem for myopic people of a certain age.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 4:29 PM

So you're not thinking it's a condition created by over-Sploofusing?

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 5:28 PM

Glad they were able to diagnose and you tended to it quickly.

I was going to make a joke that at least the detachment was virtuous, but I decided against it...

Alvandy  (Level: 229.5 - Posts: 7564)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 7:03 PM

I'm overwhelmed at all the comforting expressions of care that been expressed regarding my eye problems. It really means a lot.
If I'm not being too selfish, please add my wife, Joyce, to your thoughts. She will be the one having to deal with a couch potato and wounded warrior hubby for awhile. On the other hand, she has bickered with me often to get off that damn computer playing Sploofus! She's getting her wish for awhile.

Aside from that, Donna had contacted me about concerns she was having , and I'm glad she quickly got an encouraging diagnosis. I'm sure she will be able to regain her vision quickly. I'm gotten way too knowledgeable about vitreous gel, retinas, floaters, maculas, and detachments. Good luck and my best wishes to Donna!

My surgery will be Monday the 17th. I will definitely have a peppermint pattie as soon as possible after the procedure. And to my friend, Jank, despite that wink- perhaps "over Sploofusing" is a major eye strain for some of us. I'll have to slow down at times and let my wife use the computer I suppose.

Thanks everybody for being a great support group.

Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21600)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 7:09 PM

Nothing but good thought coming your way, Al!

Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 7:16 PM

Please note that I refrained from any comments that pertained to you eating so many peppermint patties that you finally tore something.

That counts for something, right?

Jvandy  (Level: 211.7 - Posts: 18)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 8:10 PM

Lodi- yep!

Jvandy  (Level: 211.7 - Posts: 18)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 8:13 PM

Just kidding bro'
Bonnie and I will be thinking about you. Come up to visit us soon after you feel better.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 8:20 PM

Maybe you could lend those glasses to Al for the weekend!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 11:56 PM

Everyone please bend all eye-related prayers and good wishes on Al - nothing wrong with mine but age.

The exam was thorough and was only mildly uncomfortable, no pain whasoever, the worst of it that the dilation has taken far longer than I was told to wear off. My pupils are still too big, I look like a Betazoid, and there are overlapping haloes around everything, rather pretty, but tiring, and I have a ripping headache in spite of the Black Oakleys I'm still wearing. Apparently, the lightning flashes and phantom gnats (Brits read midgies) driving me to distraction will have to be lived with. The doctor says my brain will learn to ignore them. Hard to believe.

Oddly enough, my visual acuity has improved in the past 5-6 years! I barely need glasses at all; my vision tested good enough to pass the DMV standard (although at night I have more trouble judging distance without), and she said drugstore reading glasses are fine for small print as long as I don't need more than a +1.25, when that stops being enough, get retested.

I see her again in a month to make sure further vitreous detachment hasn't pulled a hole in anything, and right away if there's dramatic change.

Although I've worn glasses for distance since my 20s, I've taken my pretty good vision pretty much for granted until now. After hearing what Al's been going through and reading some of the website information related to our symptoms, it was a lot to think about this morning as I waited to find out what was going on. On the drive up there, I thought of these things, in this order:

What would life be like without seeing those? Take my legs, arms, ears, but leave my eyes for last.

Pulling for you hard, Al.

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Fri, 14th Aug '09 1:09 AM

keep looking for all the positive things there are, AL

Alvandy  (Level: 229.5 - Posts: 7564)
Fri, 14th Aug '09 7:21 AM

I'm a member in three of the categories Smoke/Donna thinks a lot about.

That boosts my spirits going into my surgery.

Thanks to all

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