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Update on Judi’s Eye Situation (Nov 14, 2012)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

On October 18th, I had a stroke to my optic nerve. This is also called non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy. This is serious, and so many tests have been done. They have ruled out several other worse things. It is not a generalized inflammatory process, the event was not embolic (a clot from somewhere else traveling to the eye) but rather localized, there is no leakage in the walls between the heard chambers, and nothing we are doing from this point is considered an emergency.

Additional testing will be done to try to find out more about the cause. I will have a Sleep Study, a Clotting Panel, and a round the clock Blood Pressure monitor. If we can learn more about what caused this, we might have more of a chance at prevention.

It is likely just a matter of a predisposition toward vascular problems (hereditary). Having had this “vascular event”, I am now considered at higher risk for having the same thing happen again in the other eye. I am also, unfortunately, at higher risk for having a regular stroke. For prevention, my main change is to add a baby aspirin each day, which is easy, and to just take the best care of myself that I can in general (which is not as easy!).

The vision loss in my right eye is a dark foggy shadow across the bottom half of my vision. It has gotten slightly worse in that there used to be a little gap in the middle, but now it seems to be straight across. They do not expect this to improve much, if at all.

The positive side as I move forward has two parts to it:
1. My brain could get used to this so it will “seem” like less of a problem.
2. There are some things we can do to optimize the vision I do have, by changing my prescriptions for my contacts and glasses. I need to try to get more out of my left eye. After all the other testing settles down, I will let my optometrist help me with that.

Thanks to everyone for the kind wishes and prayers. I do not expect much more to change, but if it does, I will keep you posted.

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    I'm glad you wrote about what happened with your eye, Judy. I hope it hasn't gotten worse.
    I have something going on with my left eye called a vein occlusion with macular edema and cholesterol exudate. The doctor wrote it out on paper for me last Friday. I'm seeing another doctor on Friday after a not so good experience with this one. When the doctor told me I might need a shot in my eye, that did it for me!
    Thinking of you, emoticon Janis
    1099 days ago
    Oh, Judy. This eye problem is very scary. I understand totally. I just had a large floater break off in my right Eye. My brain apparently is getting used to it being there. But that eye definitely does not see as clearly as the right eye. You are doing all you can to take care of yourself. The rest is out of your hands. I hope things go well. chris
    1307 days ago
    Hi Judi, I hope your eye is getting better. I'm new to Sparkpeople. I enjoyed reading your blogs. I need encouragement and motivation on this weight loss jpurney. It's hard sometimes for me . I'm a emotional and stress eater. In Oct. my hubby got laid off so that has really hurt my diet. Well, I still have lots to be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving. I'm glad you have become a new friend.
    2011 days ago
    Thanks for the update Judi, I have been thinking about you and wondering what the tests showed. I hope things get better for you, and failing that, that they don't get any worse! I'll keep you in the white healing light.
    2014 days ago
    Sorry to hear that this has happened. Sending my best wishes of optimal recovery.
    Rachel emoticon
    2015 days ago
    Thanks for the update - your in my prayers kido
    Take Care and God's Blessings
    2015 days ago
    I have been thinking about you and am sending positive energy your way from CA. I
    know this is not easy for you.
    2015 days ago
  • NOMIS1
    This is quite unsettling. You seem to be handling it quite well and I wish you all best. I also take a baby aspirin and i agree with you it is much easier than taking good care of yourself. You can do it.

    2015 days ago
    Scary stuff.

    Sending positive energy and thoughts your way.

    2015 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am happy that you have such a positive attitude. emoticon
    2015 days ago
    I am really looking forward to it! (I am still juggling appointments a little bit.) But I definitely want to get together again soon. I'll keep in touch!
    2015 days ago
  • HI-NRG
    Thank you for updating us, Judi. We're all thinking of you during this difficult time. Let us know when you could use some support.
    And that coffee date is still awaiting


    2015 days ago
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