Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Another Eye Update

More good news on the eye.  My second followup with Dr. Patel happened earlier today and it went well.  He said, "At this point, it couldn't look any better -- it's coming along very well".

Wow -- that was great to hear!!  All along this 7 week journey I have tried to marshall my emotions and have not elevate my expectations unrealistically.  I will continue to do that, but we are pleased and relieved for things to be moving along well.

The past 8 days since surgery to reattach my left eye retina, I have adjusted my sleeping and movement per doctor's orders.  I usually get 2-3 hours of uninterrupted slept and about 5-6 hours per night.  Since I was required to be mostly in a face down/ on my right side, I slept on the sofa.  It proved to be quite manageable.  Not my favorite but workable.

Today, the doctor stopped three medicines to my eye and continued only one.  Restrictions on eyes down/face down were likewise withdrawn.  I can read, use the computer and watch TV per normal. Limitations that remain include no laying on my back (face up) and no exercise or lifting for a couple more weeks.

My vision is returning.  Today I measure 20/80 and could actually read (after I worked at it) some letters on the charts.  Pain in my eye is gone, swelling is way down and almost normal.  There is no infection and only a little redness.

The current sensation is looking through liquid -- like a glass of water.  And the bottom half of view I look through the air bubble which is gray.  The liquid in my eye moves around a bit so the sensation is like a watery eye that needs to be drained.  But that will come in time.

The last couple of days have had a lot of improvement and I expect the next few to continue in the same fashion as the air bubble decreases.

I expect I will begin blogging again and recalling some of the great Oregon Coast we have seen in recent weeks.  And noting some of what we have learned as we visited some of the Lewis and Clark sites at the convergence of the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River.

So - we continue to be thankful for His healing and for the doctors and nurses along the way.  And for Nurse Pam, who has no equal...

That's all for now on the Roadrunner Chronicles!


  1. Glad to hear the good news, the best news is with a little more time, you'll be back to normal. I feel for you with the "fun" you're going through, but it sure is better than losing the sight in your eye. Everything you've described is exactly what I've also gone through and my results are great, I'm hoping that bubble will dissolve quickly, it is a bit annoying. It will slowly reduce and you'll be able to see more and more as it gets out of your line of vision.

    It's great to have a good eye doctor, but even better to have a wonderful personal nurse! :c)

  2. Great news!!! We will continue to keep you and Pam in our thoughts prayers.

  3. What a wonderful update! We're praying that you will continue to improve until your sight is once again 100%.

  4. Great news!! We will continue to pray for a complete recovery!!

  5. Glad to read that your eye is improving but even after the doctor gives you the green light you still should avoid the heavy lifting for at least three months from the date of surgery. Our eyes are our most sensitive organ to any pressure in our body's. Still praying for you.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  6. Good news about your detached retina operation and recovery going so well. Take care and you will be back on the road again and we will be looking forward to hearing about your adventures.

  7. Such wonderful news, Randy!! Sounds like you are a fast healer...and will be back to normal very soon!

  8. Very happy to read this post.