Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Eyes Have It...

...eye disease that is. First, Randy was diagnosed with "diabetic retinopathy". He had so much bleeding, that he needed a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous gel from his right eye. This was after all of the previous laser surgeries to combat the leaking blood vessels in both eyes.

Now, Randy has "macular edema". This was the verdict when we went to the eye surgeon earlier this week. The doctor also said there was something called exodites now in his eyes. The doctor suggested doing more rounds of the cancer drug, Randy will have another injection of that next week. More laser surgeries will follow several weeks after the injections.
Before the left the office, we asked the doctor what his predictions were for increased improvement in Randy's eyesight. His answer totally shocked both of us. The doctor said he didn't expect any/much improvement at all....right now we're just at the point of trying to maintain what sight he has left. Randy and I were both just numb at this news. We had planned to go to lunch after the doctor's appointment, but neither of us had an appetite, so we drove in silence all the way home. NOT the news we were hoping for at all. I guess I knew instinctively that it wasn't good when the doctor muttered "fudge, fudge, fudge" after the eye exam. Randy was (understandably) upset with the news from the doctor. We came home and did some Internet searches...but what we read only made the pit in our stomachs grow larger.

To top this off, Randy just called me around noon today and said that he thinks he's had more bleeding in his other eye. He said his vision in this "good" eye (which is only slightly better than the other) has definitely diminished today. Again...not what we needed.

Even with this heartbreaking news, I've pressed Randy to think positive. I truly believe that if it's God's will, Randy's eyesight will improve. That's what I'm praying for anyway...determined to remain POSITIVE!!!

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