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Dx: Glaucoma

Friday, December 20, 2013

Yesterday I went to the eye doctor...and they did a bunch more tests. Then he measured the pressure in my eyes and said it was high last time and now was double that amount. He said he couldn't let me go home without addressing it or I would lose my eyesight. So he did the laser surgery on my right eye (the one with the highest pressure) and I"m going in today to get the left eye done. It was painful but not horrible. And once the pain eased up , it felt like I had a large grain of sand in my eye. Today that is gone but the eye was very teary. It feels a little bit better now.

So the diagnosis is now definitely glaucoma. I am finding that really hard to believe. The doctor said I've already lost a lot of vision and that they will try to slow that loss down.

I really hope I do not have to go to the eye doctor every month. I cannot afford to add another specialist. Next year our copays for specialist doubles. Plus -- add on the $12 I have to pay for each transport....It's crazy.

What a Christmas Gift!

We still have not finalized our plans for Christmas. It would probably be easier for my parents to come here...but i really want to go there. We don't have any decorations up. And I haven't been to their house for close to a year ( and they only live an hour away)....SInce my dad drives and I don't he usually comes here. My husband is talking about working on Christmas Eve and Christmas to get the double time.

And then there's the issue of a meal....My mom is probably not going to be able to cook....and neither can I --I have nothing in the house to cook and can't afford to make a big dinner....even if I DID have the energy. My mom was in the hospital again this week but she is home now. I will have to call her and see if we can come up with a plan.

Well, I'm off to make my breakfast
Have a Lovely day.
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    Oh Cyn! Go to your mom's. Have your dad pick up a pre-cooked meal the night before and just go over there and enjoy the day without your hubby and without the stress. And get out of your house for the day. Maybe stay the night over there on Christmas Eve.

    It's about being with family and people that you love and sharing the joy. It doesn't have to be stressful meals and uncomfortable silence because you don't want to offend anyone. If your DH is working... YAY!

    Get out and spend the time with your parents. You know they love you and you love them. It doesn't take much to make that a gift. :-) We have a family Christmas party today and I am almost positive I am not going. I don't care to see people that I only see once a year... if that. I haven't been in years, and I just don't have anything to say to them. They all think they are better than everyone else and I can't STAND that. And I know my snarky mouth won't be able to hold back for several hours. I have another 4 hours before the party starts, and I still have to get my exercise in and get a shower. So we shall see. I am learning to say "no" again.

    I slept until 11:30am today! Wish you could sleep that late! That would be my gift to you!
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    I'm glad your doctor could take care of you today.

    Nancy posted a good idea about the Christmas meal; I did that one year when I had Christmas at my house. I had all the fixings for people to make sandwiches, and just served finger foods and a few different kinds of cookies.

    Last year, my best friend hosted Christmas at her house, and she made a batch of sloppy joe filling in the crock pot, and we just had different snacks to go with it.

    And remember, you can always use paper plates if you don't feel up to washing a lot of dishes.
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    Oh Cynthia, I'm so overjoyed that your awesome Dr. do the surgery right then and there. He's taking care of your eyes, that's for sure! You will be just fine. It's ok that you don't have any decorations up. That's not mandatory. Maybe your parents could come to your home and also bring in some meat/cheese, veggie/fruit trays with crackers and dip and you've got it made. Sometimes keeping it simple is when we have the most fun of all. You could put on some pretty Christmas music and play games too. I'm thinking of you all the time honey, and are rooting for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    That was awesome that your Dr took care of your eye immediately-and is able to do the other one today. I have been reading your blog for only a short time, but your situation is so difficult I think of you often. I really feel for your situation and how you are struggling, but also think it's awesome and amazing how you continue to look for the positive! I wish I was a neighbor so I could run some food over, and take care of you! I'm sitting here at work, and when I read about your pain, I think how much I complain about my arthritis in my knees, and the fact that I have other aches and pains, and then reading about you I realize I don't have a real grasp of what real pain is like!

    Hang in there-I know you hear that a lot, and it probably is small solace to know, but you are inspiring and uplifting and provide a lot of motivation to improve my own lot in life! As far as Christmas is's really not about the food-I know we all cook, and make a big deal of it, but you know cold cuts, bread and cheese, finger foods and veggies and fruit will fill you up, and really you need to have the opportunity to spend time with your parents-I hope you find a way to work it out! Sorry this is so long!
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