Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday Blues News

Other than an infrequent mention of a standard complaint of old age, I generally try to avoid discussing my health issues. And a good thing it is, too, for I have been blessed with exceptionally good health. I am grateful to the Lord for His protection, and I recognize that I am no better than any one else, but I am blessed.
Today, a Monday, may be as good a time as any to drop this into the conversation, and then drop it.

I spent a good bit of time with an ophthalmologist inasmuch as I have been experiencing some vision difficulties. While the left eye still tests 20/20, the right eye is approaching blindness quite rapidly. And since vision is such a key factor in reading my friends' blogs, and coincidentally in preparing my own, I cherish it. Long story short I have been diagnosed with Fuchs' dystrophy, the only lasting cure for which is corneal surgery. I have been referred to the surgeon who will assess and determine if and when posterior lamellar endothelial keratoplasty can be undertaken.

My doctor urges me to have the surgery, as he said virtually no one suffers from this condition in one eye only, and at some point, should the Lord permit me to live that long, the other eye will present with similar symptoms. The good news is that the surgery is almost always successful and the results are virtually good for a lifetime!

Lucky me. This condition affects, generally, fewer than one percent of the population.

And to further the more, BBBH, on the other hand foot is experiencing a raging case of gout, the which is hobbling her ambition, impeding her activity, and afflicting her with excruciating pain.


Lin said...

Go get it done and be over with it. I'm sorry you have to go through that, but if there is something to help it, just do it. Don't worry about mentioning your health issues. We all have them and it helps to just talk about it once in awhile. It's comforting to hear that others have issues too.

Poor footy!! Owie! I hope your best gal feels better soon. I hear gout is AWFUL. :(

Secondary Roads said...

Good title for this post. Growing older isn't for sissies.

vanilla said...

Lin, we both appreciate your good wishes. Looking forward to "following through!"

Chuck, I had to strike the 'blue' part, for I am not really blue. Things will be okay. BBBH frequently quotes what you said about growing older.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Never heard of that eye condition. Get yourself fixed- sounds like an easy choice.

The gout looks awful. Hope she can clear it up.

vanilla said...

Shark, thank you for the good wishes. We will keep working toward a good end!

Anonymous said...

Definitely, get it taken care of! I don't know what gout is exactly, and I could easily look it up, but it sure doesn't look like I wanna know!

Hope you both get well soon!

vanilla said...

Grace, thank you so much for the well-wishes. Truly, you don't want to know!