Jonathan Andrew Sheen (leviathan0999) wrote,
Jonathan Andrew Sheen

Occular Update

So, first, a piece of information I didn't have previously: This past Friday, Cindy had flashes of light in her left eye.

Those with experience in this are going "Ah-Hah!"

Yes, that's right, it's a detached retina. I'm fairly bullshit -- American slang for "angry" -- that her eye doctors didn't catch this when she went to them for the vision loss on Saturday. Cindy says that, having had corneal replacement surgery, it's very hard to see without a special instrument. I say that an outfit marketing itself as eye-care specialists should have that special instrument and use it when a patient reports the classic symptoms.

It's pure dumb luck that this was found. Here's teh deal. Cindy realized that she was, in fact, too heavy for the CAT scanner at our local hospital, and calling around, discovered that the only one in our part of the state that could handle her was at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. The doctors therethought that, rather than just do a cat scan, they should take things in order, from scratch, and called in their on-call ophthalmologist, who did an in-depth exam with the "Special" instrument, and saw the retinal detachment.

This is incredibly serious, calling for emergency surgery. If the surgery is not done, and promptly, she will lose vision in her left eye.

The first thought was to do it immediately, but it was 11:00 pm (We arrived there at 4:00 pm) before the diagnosis was made, and it was decided to schedule the surgury for Tuesday morning at 8:30.

So, home for a frantic few hours sleep, then off again at God's own hour tomorrow to get her into Beth Israel's eye clinic in time for her surgery.

The appalling part is that, were she not as heavy as she is, my wife would have had her cat-scan, shown no intracranial pressure, and lost her vision in her left eye. It's only the sheer dumb luck of needing to go to that one hospital which has allowed it to be saved.

Thanks to all for the love and support. More news tomorrow!

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