Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Time is Nearing

I have my appointment this afternoon with Retina Specialist to schedule my Vitrectomy surgery date. A Vitrectomy is the removal of the Vitreous Humor which is the gel substance between the lenses in the eye.  I am never a fan of surgeries and I have had several already. I know the surgery is supposed to make my eye more stable and decrease the chance of bleeding. For the most part currently my eye has had very few hemorrhages over the past 6 months. I know tight control has also played a part in my eye dealing well with Diabetic Retinopathy. I am hoping for less visits to Retina Specialist once i have my surgery either in October or early November. I want to be done with it before all the holidays which require travel.

I am really surprised how well I have been able to handle the bumpy road since my first hemorrhage in  2012 hard to believe it has been over a year and my vision is quite good and the fact that my left eye has had no issues so far. I am hoping to keep it that way if possible. I know they keep telling me that they see no signs of Retinopathy in my left eye and I want it to stay that way. I am happy I will be able to get this behind me soon but I am sure the recovery will not be fun like most of my previous surgeries.

I think once I know the surgery date it will make it all the much more real for me. I know I will be extremely nervous because your eye is so important. I know every time I have surgery I am full of nerves before I have to go in. I know this upcoming surgery is difficult because some of my family members don't want to know when I am having surgery. So I really appreciate all the supportive people who read my blog because there is not much support from my family these days. I know even if I lived close to my family they would not be present when I was having my surgery. I also don't bother mentioning bad lows to my family either. They tend to criticize me because they think it could of been prevented. Funny thing is that I had quite a few trips to the ER when I was little because of bad lows.


  1. Sorry to hear your family is not supportive for you. I hope you have a friend or two that you can rely on. My family along with a few of my husbands family are not supportive of us either so I understand. Hang in there!

  2. Thanks Sandy. I think they don't want to know because it is difficult to deal with. I am sure it is easier if they don't know for them but for me it is not quite as simple. I will hang in there and will be happy once I am done.

  3. I'm so proud of you for taking care of what needs to be done to help keep your eyes in the best shape possible. I am sure it's very scary and you should give yourself a lot of credit for doing what needs to be done!!! And thank you for sharing and talking about it - I know that will help others in your situation who are scared too.

    1. Thank you Karen. I spend so much time trying to keep my blood sugars in range it drives me crazy but so worth the effort. I am really glad I blogged about my whole journey with my Diabetic Retinopathy so far. I know talking about it has helped me to be able to handle it the best I can. Karen your comment means so much.