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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-08-2011, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Most of you know that I have been having a hard time getting over the heart surgery. I still haven't been cleared to drive or do cardio rehab, and I am still having to take the warfarin. They check my blood every week so have a lot of bruises. I told the nurse last week that if they kept this up, my veins would start looking like Michael Jackson's. (supposedly his were in bad shape from the IV meds). Anyway I couldn't read when I came home from the hospital. My vision was terrible. They said it was from all the fluid and would clear up. So thanks to my Kook that I can enlarge the print and time, I have been reading again since middle of the summer. Yet my vision is still not as good, so went to eye doctor last week. He did the exam, then dialated my eyes and did some tests sorta like a Cat scan of the eye and then he took me to another machine and did another one. He kekpt talking about Drusen and what a severe case this was and the fact that I had lost a lot of my vision in my left eye. So, I looked up and asked him if I was going blind and he replied, I don't know. I was trying to be funny and he was serious. Anyway I started laughing, might as well huh. He is supposed to get back with me after consulting with specialists. He called it a severe case of Nerve-head Drusen in both eyes. Of course I spent the rest of the afternoon researching. What ever is happening will be a slow process I think and I would never completely be blind. Seems it is fields of vision that I lose. Might not be able to read though. But with the Nook, I can blow up to one sentence on a page, so don't think that will be a problem.

Do we have any eye doctors out there? do I need to go to a specialist myself or wait for my Doctor's recommendation? At least this complication is not life threatening. I am going to get another Havanese and forget about everything else. Got to find a grown one though.
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Lucille, I know nothing about the eye stuff, but I wanted to just let you know that I'm thinking of you and sending healing thoughts.

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Lucille, I don't know much about the eyes, one of my BFF's is an eye doctor, though, I'll ask.

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I am sorry, but I dod not know that you have been having vision problems since your surgery. Thank goodness for modern technology such as your Nook.

I just looked up drusen as I was not familiar with the term and read that there are a copule of different types of drusen

"tiny yellow or white accumulations of extracellular material that build up in Bruch's membrane of the eye. The presence of a few small ("hard") drusen is normal with advancing age, and most people over 40 have some hard drusen. However, the presence of larger and more numerous drusen in the macula is a common early sign of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).


Drusen associated with aging and macular degeneration are distinct from another clinical entity, optic disc drusen, which is present on the optic nerve head.[1] Both age-related drusen and optic disc drusen can be observed by ophthalmoscopy. On CT scans of the orbits or head, calcification at the head of the optic nerve without change in size of globe strongly suggests drusen in a middle-age or elderly patient." from Wikipedia

My 97 year old Dad has had age-related macular degeneration for a couple of decades. It does not stop him from watching TV and movies, reading books, and driving [although he no longer drives, thank goodness].

I realize that your eye issues are different from my Dad's, but he was expecting to have much more limited vision than he ended up with. Maybe your eye doctor is trying to prepare you for the worst.

Did he say when he would be able to get back to you after his consult? Once you hear back from him you can decide whether or not to get a second opinion.

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Oh, Lucile, that stinks. You are just not having ANY luck with all this, girl!

I agree, you need another fluffy puppy. (well, dog! )

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Lucille - My dh just switched from warfarin to Pradaxa - a highly researched new drug that requires no lab testing. He was having lots of pokes each time to find a vein, so this is so nice. It is safer also. Fewer strokes than with warfarin. Our dd is a pharmacist and we heard about it from her 3 months ago and we had one of the 1st prescriptions in town. The only negative is that you have to take it immediately after you take it out of the bottle (or bubble pack) so we can't put it in his daily pill holder. Ask your cardiologist - I am sure that he knows about it - even our neurologist did!
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Lucille, prayers for a decided improvement. You are a trooper. You need more Hav kisses!

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