Thursday, June 27, 2013

Upcoming Surgery

                     I went back to my retina specialist today for a check up. I wanted to discuss getting a vitrectomy ( removes gel between the lenses in the eye and replaces with synthetic but helps stabilize the eye)  done in October because I feel like now is the time and honestly it is one of the slower times of the year for me but its really not slow. So I decided recently it would be nice to have less hemorrhages and more stability in my eye. My vision is still 20/20 in my left eye which is a blessing as well. My right eye has really improved in vision in the past three months and I could not be more pleased. I have seen this Dr. enough to know I trust him to do the operation and it is only an hour long and I will have to take a week off of work but I am okay with that. I currently have almost a month of sick and vacation so I have time. I am also able to make up some of the time as well before or after the surgery which is great.  It is really interesting when you feel confident in the Dr. you are seeing and how much easier the thought of surgery is to deal with. I am glad I waited as long as I have because I found the right Dr. and the right time to get the surgery done. My previous Retina Specialist wanted to operate way too eagerly and was in it for the money and not worried about me as the patient. I am big on having Dr.'s who are good at explaining things and suggesting things that I could make things easier for me as the patient. My current physician did exactly that. I know my eyes are in good shape and will continue to be with his assistance. I never a fan of surgery but if it is what I need to do I am fine with that as well. I know my Dr. also suggested I got to a nephrologist because 90 percent of patients with type 1 diabetes who have retina issues also have kidney issues as well. I am going to go but I have a feeling that everything is fine. All my 24 hour urine testings have always come back clean and never had any blood work that showed decreased kidney function. Seems like there is a never ending list of things to do as a diabetic.

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